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

In the News

Press archive containing articles referring to Straight Up Ventura County.  Our program name has since been changed to BRITE.

March 2011

Minidrama gives parents realistic view of party scene [PDF]
Ventura County Star, March 15, 2011
Straight Up Reality Party and guest speakers were part of a parent awareness program sponsored by Saving Lives Camarillo, Straight Up, the Boys & Girls Club and Chabad of Camarillo.

Learn about ‘The Secret Life of a Camarillo Teenager’
Ventura County Star, March 2, 2011
Straight Up will present a Reality Party for Parents – Stage Version at this important event.

November 2010

Letter to the Editor [downloadable PDF]
Ventura County Star, November 3, 2010
Our youth volunteer Cate writes a letter to the editor urging youth to be aware and active in helping to promote underage drinking.

August 2010

Stephanie Rangel, Straight Up’s bilingual youth spokesperson, was interviewed on Elizabeth Taylor’s radio show on “La M” 103.7 FM. The show aired Sunday, September 4 at 6pm.

At the 12th Annual National EUDL Leadership Conference, Stephanie Rangel (Straight Up bilingual youth spokesperson) conducted interviews with

July 2010

Winners announced of County Youth Advocate Writing Contest
Ventura County Star, July 13, 2010

June 2010

Alcohol retailer BevMo! close to signing lease at Pacific View
Ventura County Star, June 13, 2010
Straight Up youth spokesperson Daniel Goodkin-Gold appeared at the hearing to protest the lease.

May 2010

Teen party to be re-enacted tonight
Ventura County Star, May 11, 2010

April 2010

Essay Contest [link to PDF file]
Ventura Breeze, April 7, 2010

Ventura Parents Witness Sobering Facts Partying
Ventura County Star, April 23, 2010

March 2010

Contest for Local Teens
The Camarillo Acorn, March 26, 2010

Underage drinking to be meeting topic
Ventura County Star, March 20, 1010

Spotlight on Straight Up
Interview by Heide Boyden with youth volunteers Daniel Goodkin-Gold, Emily Arndt, and Maribel Estrada
ListenMagazine — Drug-Free Living for Teens, Volume 63, Number 7

Town Hall Meeting about Underage Drinking
805 Moms website, posted March 2010

December 2009

Cover Story: Caffeine and Alcohol Don’t Mix
VC Reporter, December 10, 2009

November 2009

Health and Wellness Summit calls for action to reduce number of DUIs
The Acorn, November 13, 2009

October 2009

Oklahoma Reality Parties
Various press coverage of a state-wide Oklahoma Reality party event.

Drinking reality party scheduled
Shawnee (OK) News-Star, October 30, 2009

Straight-Up Ventura presents Reality Party for Parents
805 Moms website, posted October 2009

Parent Reality Party – Straight Up of Ventura County
KCLU Events Guide, posted October 2009

Straight Up Ventura County Hosting Reality Party for Parents
Conejo Valley Guide, posted October 2009

August 2009

Watch the Birdie for a Good Cause [link to PDF file; see page 6]
Ventura Breeze, August 26, 2009

Underage Drinking Enforcement Conference by Geoff Dean
Facebook, August 16, 2009

Photo Fundraising Event Benefits Local Nonprofit
Fillmore Gazette, August 5, 2009

July 2009

Straight Up youth nonprofit enters its fifth year
VC Reporter, July 30, 2009

June 2009

Youth take on leadership roles at county event
Ventura County Star, June 28, 2009

April 2009

Clarifying the myths of sexual assaults
Ventura County Star, April 3, 2009

March 2009

Straight Up honored by the California PTA
Straight Up press release, March 31, 2009

Union favors Dean for next sheriff
Ventura County Star, March 19, 2008

November 2008

Lowering the drinking age is not the answer by Straight Up’s Shawn McMaster
Ventura County Reporter, November 13, 2008

Podcast addresses social host ordinance
Simi Valley Acorn, November 7, 2008

September 2008

Blog tackles teen drinking
Camarillo Acorn, September 26, 2008

Blog on teen drinking debuts
The Acorn, September 25, 2008

October 2008

Oxnard Reality Party [PDF]
Ojai & Ventura View, October 2008

November 2007

Reality Parties for Parents [PDF]
Principal’s Message, Oak Park High School PFC Newsletter, November 2007

October 2007

A Fox 11 News segment on the October 6, 2007 Simi Valley Reality Party. Posted on YouTube with permission from Fox 11 KTTV.

September 2007

Coalition for Simi Valley Youth gaining influence
Simi Valley Acorn, September 28, 2007

Time Warner SoCal News segment on Straight Up’s latest Reality Party. Posted on YouTube with permission from Time Warner.

Time Warner SoCal News segment highlighting the Social Host Ordinances in Ventura County as well as how they work and who they help. Posted on YouTube with permission from Time Warner.