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

Hello and welcome

BloggerWelcome to the Straight Up blog! We are excited about this opportunity for teens and young adults to share their view points, opinions and experiences and to help facilitate important community dialog around the issues of underage and binge drinking, impaired driving, marijuana use, prescription drug abuse, and other issues.

Writing for Straight Up

We are always looking for volunteers to write letters, opinions, articles and blog posts for Straight Up! Fill out the volunteer form and express your interests … and we’ll get right back to you.

Our goal at Straight Up is to change social norms that encourage, accept and allow underage and binge drinking, impaired driving, Rx drug and marijuana use and reduce the problems and tragedies that result from these dangerous activities. These serious issues are not just concerns for a few “troubled” youth and their parents. The problems and tragedies affect all of us and it will take our community working together for things to change.

The blog will be a resource for educators, for youth, for parents — for anyone with an interest in change. We’ll feature regular columns by youth contributors, valuable resources and articles, editorials — a variety of voices.

Got something to say and want somewhere to say it? Contact me to be a contributor to the Straight Up blog.

We are so proud of the important work Straight Up young people are doing in Ventura County and find their contributions and insights around these issues to be vital to county-wide prevention efforts and making change happen. We hope you will visit our blog regularly and participate in the community dialog they are facilitating here.

Katherine Kasmir
Executive Director
Straight Up
Reality Improv Connection, Inc.


*One of our CSUCI service learning volunteers, Stephanie Berrellez, attended a TAY Tunnel Discussion panel on November 20th. These are her thoughts.
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TAY Tunnel presented an opportunity to discuss many tribulations that members of the organization are affected by. Sexualization, heteronormativity, gender discrimination, and false imprisonment among African Americans are topics

*This post was written by a Ventura County young adult who has chosen to remain anonymous.

Have you ever felt so sick and hopeless that no one could help you? You look around and it doesn’t seem like its real. It feels like you are in a movie and you are

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*This post was written by Ventura County young adult, Hannah Yale
When I was in elementary school, Red Ribbon Week was my favorite part of the school year. It was a time when you could wear your pajamas to school, and teachers passed out free jelly bracelets that read, “Say NO


*This post was written by Foothill Technology High School sophomore, Hannah Yale.

Mental illness, although it is a subject that requires more attention, should not be the punchline of a person’s jokes or a casual adjective used to describe and make fun of someone’s quirkiness. Awareness and trivialization are not the

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