Empowered Teens Coalition 

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The Empowered Teens Coalitions are volunteer prevention advocacy organizations that bring parents, schools, agencies, community groups, and community members together to work on preventing youth substance use. We work in the Chimacum, Port Townsend, Quilcene, and Brinnon school districts in collaboration with the school districts, the Olympic Educational Service District 114, and Jefferson County Public Health. The Empowered Teens Coalition is governed by citizen volunteers and representatives from local agencies and funded by the Healthcare Authority through the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative. 

https://www.theathenaforum.org/community_prevention_and_wellness_initiative_cpwi

Chimacum- founded in 2013, contact coalition coordinator Andrew Fechenbach afechenbach@co.jefferson.wa.us

Port Townsend- founded in 2018, contact coalition coordinator Lindsay Scalf lscalf@co.jefferson.wa.us

Quilcene-Brinnon- founded in 2021, contact coalition coordinator Holly Gumm hgumm@co.jefferson.wa.us

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Each Fall, the Empowered Teens Coalition asks community members to participate in a Community Survey. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and gauges adult perceptions of youth alcohol and marijuana use. The state and the community use this data to understand community needs, gaps in perceptions, and to determine future programming. Stay tuned for 2022 survey links in the Fall. 

Guiding Good Choices – hosted each Fall and Spring

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You Can

You Can is a prevention campaign by the Washington State Department of Health to educate 12 to 17 year olds about the risks and consequences of marijuana use.

Marijuana laws have changed a lot in Washington in just the last few years. But if there’s one thing you need to know, it’s that marijuana—also called pot, weed, or cannabis—is still illegal for people under 21.


The You Can campaign is brought to you by the Marijuana Prevention and Education Program within the Division of Prevention and Community Health at the Washington State Department of Health. The funding for this campaign comes directly from marijuana revenues as laid out in state Initiative 502 (I-502), now known as RCW 69.50.540.

For more information on I-502 and the tax reforms defined in HB 2136, please refer to the full initiative: i502

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Out of the Picture

The Out of the Picture campaign is supported by the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition, a partnership of several Washington state agencies and organizations who are united in preventing underage use of alcohol and marijuana. One of these agencies, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), is sponsoring this campaign with funding from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Washington teens, substance use prevention professionals and researchers were involved in creating the campaign.

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Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is a FREE home visiting program for new parents who are pregnant with their first baby. When you enroll you will be connected to a registered nurse who will provide the support, advice, and information you need to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby and be a great parent.

Who can enroll in Nurse-Family Partnership?

Anyone who:

  • Is pregnant with their first child
  • Is pregnant 28 weeks or less
  • Meets income requirements
  • Lives in an area where Nurse-Family Partnership is available

To learn more, or to ask about getting connected with your free personal nurse, please call (360) 385-9400

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A community-led project by the Clallam Resilience Project inspired by the Quileute Tribe's New Beginnings Program, Community Resilience Initiative's: Resilience Trumps ACES card deck, and the Community Resilience Initiatives deck of Building Block deck of cards.  



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Come Play & Learn with us at any of these three locations:  

Brinnon, Chimacum, or Port Hadlock


Prevention Coalition Document Resources

Resources


  • To learn more about this Washington State community-based approach to preventing substance abuse, view the Community Wellness and Prevention Initiative (CWPI).
  • For a discussion around prevention, Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), Good Behavior Game, Communities that Care, risk and protective factors, see this article.
  • Learn more about alcohol abuse.

Empowered Teens Coalition Meeting Minutes


View Chimacum Prevention Coalition meeting minutes.
View Port Townsend Prevention Coalition meeting minutes
View Quilcene Prevention Coalition meeting minutes. (coming soon)