West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth

The West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth was created to change community norms with respect to underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Our mission is to mobilize across all sectors of the community and work collaboratively to significantly reduce the incidence of underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

  • Develops and partners with local policies and initiatives
  • Mobilizes our West Marin communities to take action
  • Provides information and educational materials for youth and adults
  • Creates public awareness
  • Convenes educational workshops and forums
  • Offers referrals for health and support service
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WMCHY is based in San Geronimo and serves all of West Marin

The West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth is part of a County-wide initiative to address underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Marin County. We meet every two months in communities throughout West Marin.

The West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth meetings are for community partners representing 12 sectors including Youth, Parents, Businesses, Media, Schools, Youth Serving Organizations, Law Enforcement, Religious/Fraternal groups, Civic/Volunteer Groups, Healthcare Professionals and Local Government Agencies. If this capacity building appeals to your organization, please join us.

Our mission is to mobilize across all sectors of the unincorporated West Marin Community and work collaboratively to significantly reduce the incidence of underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Our goal is to improve the overall health and wellness of our community by raising awareness of current mental health and substance abuse issues, identifying and implementing strategies for reducing risk factors and advocating for increased positive youth engagement in West Marin.

50%

of 11th graders in Marin County drink or use drugs.

16%

of 11th graders say they’ve used two or more drugs at the same time.

25%

of 9th graders in Marin County drink or use drugs.

11%

of 11th graders in Marin County have used prescription drugs recreationally.

Teen Centers

The Loft: The Loft is a diverse, youth-driven teen program dedicated to promoting personal and group development through fun events, creative expression, community activism, youth empowerment, mentoring, and the open exchange of ideas. The loft is for all youth in 4th grade and up.

The Lounge: The Tomales Bay Youth Center opened its doors for after school and weekend programs in the fall of 2011. Initiated, sponsored and largely constructed by the West Marin Lions Club, the TBYC is a diverse, youth-driven program, offering a safe, supervised space for West Marin students to gather and engage in positive group activities.

The Den: The Den provides a safe and inspiring space for community building, personal discovery, and peer-supported growth for 6th to 12th graders, with special focus on the middle school population. The Den does this by providing a meeting space, dinner, and the guidance of two experienced program facilitators, the same evening every week.

Partners

Committees

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Sign up today for a Coalition Committee

  • Community Engagement for Positive Change
  • Outreach, Research and Public Relations Coalition Lead – Suzanne Sadowsky
  • Latino Engagement Coalition Lead – Madeline Nieto Hope
  • Youth, Parents, Community and School Linked Services Coalition Lead – Poko Giacomini

PARENTING TOOLS and COMMUNITY RESOURCES

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Law enforcement plays a key role in it’s partnership with parents, schools, businesses and the coalition itself. Enforcement of underage drinking prevention laws is an effective tool in reducing and preventing youth alcohol use.

Local law enforcement is working to uphold the Social Host Ordinances in our communities. If you know of a party where there is underage drinking, please contact your police department or sheriff.

All members of our community can take responsibility for ensuring that the underage drinking laws and illegal substance laws are enforced. You can make an anonymous report if you witness either in a public place.

Parenting Tips – Encouraging young people by supporting their healthy growth

  1. Have courage! Sometimes, fear of negative reactions from kids keeps parents from talking to them. Remember, short and frequent conversations that include listening to your child can open doors.
  2. Be a positive role model. What you do is often more important than what you say! If you host a party, always serve non-alcoholic beverages and do not allow anyone to drink and drive. When hosting parties for young people, do not allow alcohol. “If it’s about the kids, don’t make it about the drink.”
  3. Make connections with other parents. Get to know the parents of your children’s friends. It is a great way to build mutual support and share your rules about alcohol and drugs.
  4. Establish clear rules of conduct. Setting specific, clear rules is the foundation for parental efforts in prevention and can help your child say ”no“. For example, it is not okay for kids under 21 to drink alcohol. Older brothers and sisters will not encourage younger kids/siblings to drink or use drugs.
  5. Connect with your child’s friends. Pay attention to who your child is hanging out with. Encourage your child’s friends to come to your home and make them feel welcomed with food and recreation.
  6. Encourage your child to be an up-stander. Teach your child what to do if they see something wrong – a child being bullied or a youth in distress from alcohol or drug use; knowing what to do could save a life.
  7. Promote healthy activities. Encourage your kids to become engaged in school or community activities like music, sports, arts or a part-time job.

NEWS & EVENTS

Adventure Camps 2018

Adventure Camps are here for summer 2018! Adventure Camp outings bring you closer to your community and the natural world through play, adventure, and nature connection.

Register NO LESS THAN 10 DAYS in advance. Register for Whitewater Rafting by June 15th.

Trips are led by professional guides and SGVCC staff.

To register, contact Will Hubert: whubert@sgvcc.org or 415-488-4118 ext 219

Register a minimum 10 days in advance

Wednesday, June 20th

SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) on Tomales Bay – Register by June 10th
– Join us for a day of SUP and kayaking at Heart’s Desire Beach on Tomales Bay
– Bring a sack lunch and water bottle
– Must sign Adventure Camp Waiver
– Cost: $40
– Meet at SGV Community Gym at 9:00 a.m. Return at 2 p.m.
– Minimum age is 11 (unless accompanied by a parent).

Wednesday, June 27th

Trip to San Francisco – Register by June 17th
– Join us for an adventure to the City! We’ll explore ocean beach, Golden Gate Park, China Town and North Beach.
– Lunch will be purchased by partici pants, so bring lunch money.
– Must sign Adventure Camp Waiver
– Cost: Bring $20-$40
– Meet at SGV Community Gym at 9 a.m. Return at 4 p.m.
– Minimum age is 11 (unless accompanied by a parent).

Wednesday, July 4th

No Adventure Camp Today.

Wednesday, July 11th

Skatepark Day at McGinnis – Register by July 1st
– Join us for a day at McGinnis Skatepark
– Bring pads, skateboard/roller skates
– Bring helmet (mandatory).
– Bring a sack lunch and water bottle
– Must sign Adventure Camp Waiver
– Cost: FREE
– Meet at SGV Community Gym at 10 a.m. Return at 3 p.m.
– Minimum age is 11 (unless accompanied by a parent).

Wednesday, July 18th

Sand Dunes at Dillon Beach – Register by July 8th
– Join us for a day of sand-dune surfing at Dillon Beach/Lawson’s Landing.
– Bring a sack lunch and water bottle, sunscreen and sun hat.
– Bring a large piece of cardboard or a plastic sled. If you don’t have one, you can purchase a sled at Lawson’s Landing or we’ll just share!
– Must sign Adventure Camp Waiver.
– Cost: FREE
– Meet at SGV Community Gym at 10 a.m. Return at 3 p.m.
– Minimum age is 11 (unless accompanied by a parent).

Wednesday, July 25th

No Adventure Camp Today.

Wednesday, August 1st

Bolinas Skatepark and Beach Day – Register by July 20th
– Join us for a day of skateboarding in Bolinas, followed by some time at the beach. We might hike and explore tide pools, too.
– Bring a helmet (mandatory).
– Bring a sack lunch and water bottle, sun screen, sun hat.
– Must sign Adventure Camp Waiver
– Cost: FREE
– Meet at SGV Community Gym at 10 a.m. Return at 3 p.m.
– Minimum age is 11 (unless accompanied by a parent).

Friday, August 10th

Whitewater Rafting Adventure – Register by June 15th
– We need a MINIMUM of 12 people for this trip to go. So, talk to your friends!
– Join us for a day of world class rafting with ARTA on the South Fork American River!
– Class III Rapids including: Trouble Maker,Hospital Bar, and Satan’s Cesspool!
– We’ll give you all the details about what to bring when you register for the trip.
– Bring a hearty lunch for the day packed and ready to-go. (We’ll provide snack bars and fruit).
– All participants must sign a waiver. Minimum age is 8.
– Cost: $90, flat rate.
– Meet at SGV Community Gym at 6:30 a.m. Return at 7:30 p.m.

Rock Climbing Adventure – JUNE – Date and Cost TBD
– Check www.sgvcc.orgfor updates.
– Call 415-488-4118 x. 219 or email whubert@sgvcc.org if you are interested!
– We are planning to climb with experienced guides from 1Revolution (www.1rev.org)
– This climbing day will occur at Goat Rock in Jenner, or at a location near Mt. Tam
– This will be a full day starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.
– Minimum age is 13.

CONTACT

San Geronimo Valley Community Center:
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Geronimo, CA 94963
PO Box 194 San Geronimo, CA 94963
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 9-5pm

Tomales Bay Youth Center:
PO Box 300 Point Reyes Station, 94956
Hours of Operation: Mon, Wed and Fri 3-6pm or by appointment.


Madeline Nieto Hope
WMCHY Coastal Coordinator and Coalition Co-Administrator
phone: 415-446-8587 or 415-663-8418
email: hope.madeline@gmail.com


Poko Giacomini
WMCHY San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio Coordinator and Co-Administrator.
phone: 415-488-8888 x 250
email: pgiacomini@sgvcc.org

Would you like to get involved? Please get in touch! We look forward to hearing from you! We cannot do this work without your engagement.

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