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.


Our very own Katherine Kasmir was featured in the Camarillo Acorn this month! Katherine's founding of Straight Up and Reality Parties for Parents has sparked (as it intends to) much discussion around youth drinking culture and the parental role in prevention. Check out this rundown!

Social host ordinance aims to deter

The title is pretty straight forward but it's an easy answer to a tough issue: Cyberbullying is a huge problem.

We routinely visit middle schools around the county to help students create prevention PSA's about topics they are passionate about - usually this involves alcohol, tobacco or substance abuse. Lately we

Fight the stigma and explore education, advocacy and issues in mental health this month with these websites.
Mentalhealth.gov
Mentalhealth.gov is a full stop resource for all things mental health. From their home page:

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps


What is CHKS?
"The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is an anonymous, confidential survey of youth resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors. It is administered to students at grades five, seven, nine, and eleven. It enables schools and communities to collect and analyze data regarding local youth health risks and behaviors,







If you haven't visited mjfactcheck.org for the latest up to date findings on the effects of marijuana on your mental and physical well-being, you're missing out. With the push for legalization on the rise, many side effects of the drug are either ignored or swept under the rug. Mjfactcheck.org examines the latest statistics

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