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

  • Blog Post: Red Ribbon Week!

    Learn about the week's history and see what Straight Up's been doing around town!

We've been visiting schools around Ventura County this week (and most weeks, but especially this week!) to get youth involved in prevention advocacy. Students have shared their knowledge of the negative effects drugs can have on the mind, body and quality of life with us and have been priceless participants in

*This was written by a Ventura County young adult.

I've never really talked about it in depth for fear of hurting someone's feelings by disregarding privacy in order to shed my own opinions on the topic of addiction.

Both my parents are drug addicts. There is no cure. Addiction is this always

*This post was written by CSUCI student and Straight Up volunteer, Melanie House.

On Saturday, October 8th, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin hosted a Mental Health Resource Fair at Moorpark College. The event was to promote mental health and emotional wellness by connecting local residents to services and resources that are available in our

September is Suicide Awareness Month. For some of us, the subject of suicide may seem like a foreign language. After all, we haven't been affected so what makes awareness so important? Did you know more than 50% of college students will experience suicidal feelings? Or that the #1 reason for

*This post was written by AF, a 22-year-old student at CSU Channel Islands, born and raised in Ventura County and passionate about keeping the youth and other members of the community safe, informed, and responsible.

It’s no surprise that hiking is a great and healthy activity to do with many benefits,

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