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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

Media, www.grantcountybeat.com

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