Engaging young people in advocacy, education & prevention
Creating social change around alcohol, drugs, and more

  • Blog Post: Side Effects of Underage Drinking

    An issue to take seriously

Engaging Youth in Prevention Advocacy

Straight Up is a Ventura County, California youth development project for ages 12-25 that promotes social change regarding underage and binge drinking, impaired driving, marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, HIV/AIDS prevention, and other concerns using improvisation and interactive techniques to engage discussion, explore issues, and develop personal and community solutions to these issues.

Straight Up is made possible through funding from Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, Alcohol and Drug Programs.


Our activities include:


May 2015: Community Partner Award for Outstanding Partnership, Center for Community Engagement, Cal State University, Channel Islands

September 2012: Winner of CAPS-TV Cappie Award for “Be the DD Recruitment Video”

January 2011: Certificate of Appreciation from The Links, Incorporated (Channel Islands Chapter) for participation in the Youth Summit at CLU

October 2010: Certification of Recognition from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for participation in the 2010 Town Hall Meetings on Underage Drinking Prevention

April 2010: Palmer Drug Abuse Program honor

April 2010: Certificate of recognition and congratulation from the Mayor and City Council of the City of San Buenaventura

June 2009: Certificate of Appreciation from the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department’s Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board

March 2009: Honorary Service Award from California Congress of Parents, Teachers, and Students, Inc. (PTA)

March 2009: Certificates of acknowledgment from several members of the U.S. House of Representatives and California’s Senate and Legislature Assembly

Blog, Events and Social Media

We know, we know.... "underage drinking is a rite of passage"... "I did it when I was young"... "What's the big deal if they're doing it in a safe, supervised environment?"... WELL, the buck doesn't stop there. Our present decisions shape not only our future ones, but our future health

As easy as it is to isolate ourselves and feel walled off from the world, we are social creatures. A pet is a rewarding and low-pressure way to nip that tendency in the rear. They not only breed a sense of community with other pet owners and animal lovers, they

It has always seemed to me an obvious sort of common sense that you shouldn't impair your cognitive functions and then operate heavy machinery. As it turns out, either this line of thinking is not so prevalent, or the knee jerk reflex to defend marijuana, irrelevant of the situation at

Here at Straight Up, we advocate for a lot of things but especially mental health and well-being. Mind and body go hand in hand and it's important not to neglect either. You've likely made your New Years resolutions by now but if you're still on the hunt, look no further!

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