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Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

YSAPC-FINAL-LOGOYouth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

A partnership of the Grant County Community Health Council, Gila Regional Medical Center, and the New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention. Funded by the Partnership for Success II grant. The YSAPC was founded in 2013.

Mission: To raise awareness in Grant County about Youth Substance Abuse thereby creating an environment that cultivates healthy productive lifestyles through policy and advocacy change that promotes resilient and empowered youth.

Meetings: The Coalition meets the 2nd Friday of the month at Noon in the Silver City Annex 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1203 N. Hudson St. All meetings are open to the public. Come enjoy a free lunch with us and learn more about our efforts!

Why is a Coalition needed?

In 2012, Grant County was one of five counties selected by the New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention to build a community group specifically to address youth substance abuse. At that time, Grant County had one of the highest rates of binge drining and the highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the state on the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, which gauges the healthy, and not-so-healthy, behaviors of Middle and High School students across the nation.

The community selected the Grant County Community Health Council to build collaboration among the local agenies, organizations and service providers to apply for the funding. Once funding was secured, Razanna Robinson Thomas was selected as the YSAPC Corrdinator. The Coaliton has hosted over a dozen focus groups with youth, parents and community; held three town halls on substance abuse, created the innovated summer youth challenge 101 Things for Youth to do in Grant County and hosted the wildly successful Tikis & Tacos, an end of summer bash attended by over 800 community members.

What does the future hold for the Coaltion? It's partnered with the Grant County Sheriff Department to soon make prescrition drug drop boxes are available in Grant County. Also, the Coalition has applied for funding to create a Youth Council of Grant County, that would help advise local organizations on better interacting with youth and address community policy change around youth substance abuse issues. 

YSAPC Recent Successes:

  • Town Halls and Community Discussions:  YSAPC has hosted a series of Town Halls and Community Discussions in the last two years to focus on youth substance abuse. The YSAPC believes it is essencial for youth and adults to communicate more openly and effectively to bring light to the policies and issues affecting youth substance abuse in our county.

 Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coaltion Membership:

Name Sector
 Danielle Padilla  WNMU Student
 Peggy Bryan  Parent
 Nancy Kailing  PFLAG
Derrick Scott Walgreens
Chief Eddie Flores WNMU Campus Police
Chief Lonnie Sandoval Santa Clara Police
Mary Alice Murphy


Aimee Jaurequi Silver Consolidated Schools
Brenden Sorrelgreen Youth-Serving Organization
Mimi Clark WNMU Marketing
Grant County Undersheriff Kevin Flamm Law Enforcement
Tom Bates Religious/ Fraternal Organization
Susie Kee Kids In Need of Support Services (K.I.S.S)
Sabrina Pack (Kiwanis) Civic or Volunteer Group
Chris DeBolt Grant County Community Health Council
Mary Stoecker NM Dept. of Health Community Health Promotion
Isaac Brundage WNMU Vice President Student Affairs
Susan Bradley Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)
Patsy Sanchez (NM JPPO) Children, Youth and Families Dept.
Paul Slattery Community Member
Desiree Hayes Community Member
Jim Helgert Recovery Management (Treatment)
Cindy McClean Grant County DWI Program
Edgar Gomez La Frontera
Erin Miller La Frontera
Tracy Saavedra Therapeutic Freedom Riders

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:02

101 Things For Youth

101 logo smallThe summer challenge, "101 Things for Youth To Do in Grant County" is sponsored by the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (YSAPC) and created in partnership with the more than 60 establishments listed. The challenge is based on The Silver City Arts and Cultural District’s original program “101 Things To Do In Silver City.” The program is intended for youths Grades 6th - 12th (or ages 12-18). If you are younger than the ages you can still participate; however, activities are geared towards aforementioned ages. The program runs from May 30 to August 7, 2015. Turn in your completed entry cards to be included in raffle drawings for great prizes all throughout the summer, and our grand drawing on August 7!

All the activities are FREE! Also, your entry card doubles as a bus pass all summer long on Corre Caminos Public Transit. Simply flash your your list to any Corre Caminos driver and grab a ride for FREE! (Also completes # 31 on the list) 

Learn the specifics about each of the #101Thing activities below! Hastag us @ #101Things !

Join us for Our County Coachelle on Friday, August 7 from 6 - 10 p.m. @ Bataan Memorial Park to celebrate the partners, participants and parents who made 101 Things such a success this summer! Free Movie, Music and Munchies. Bring your own blanket or chair. The Last Wave for #101Things! (#101 on the list!)


Read more about 101 Things To Do in Grant County!

Get more entry cards at any of the more than 60 establishments participating.

For any questions call (575) 388-1198.



1. For blue highlighted activities you must follow instructions at an establishment and earn stamps.  
2. For orange highlighted activities you complete the activity on your own and can sign a box for a completed magenta activity.
3. You must have at least 10 stamps from blue highlighted establishments.
4. No more than 10 spaces can be orange highlighted activities.
5. Once all 20 spaces are filled, drop off the list at a designated drop off location for a chance to win prizes throughout the summer! (Due on or before August 7, 2015)

Drop off locations:

  • Bayard Public Library, 1112 Central Ave., Bayard NM
  • Santa  Clara Town Hall, 105 N. Bayard St., Santa Clara, NM
  • Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Ave. Silver City NM 
  • Silver City Town Hall, 101 W. Broadway, Silver City, NM
  • Grant County Community Health Council, 214 N. Black St., Silver City, NM 
  • Coming soon a Cliff/Gila Drop Off Location...

Grab additional entries at any participating vendor and try to complete all 101 activities this summer!

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By participating in any event listed the participant and their legal guardian  agrees to defend,  indemnify, and hold harmless  the Partnerships for Success II, the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and all participating establishments, from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from 101 Things for Youth To Do in Grant County.

All material copyright by Grant County Community Health Council and Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coaltion 2015

Brought to you by the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and created with all participating establishments and The Silver City Arts and Cultural District.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2015 16:38

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