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

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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.

Programs

Our activities include:

Awards

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

Impaired driving is operating a vehicle under the influence of any mind altering substance - not just alcohol.

"A sobriety checkpoint is a predetermined location at which law enforcement officers stop vehicles to check whether the driver is impaired. They either stop every vehicle or stop vehicles at some regular interval, such as

Opioid and prescription drug abuse is a rising issue across all demographics, but especially a problem among teens. In 2011, studies found that 2 million student-aged youth were abusing prescription drugs (Source). Adults and parents with legitimate prescriptions often don't consider the abuse potential here and neglect to take precautions with



Let's get straight to the meat of it - Marijuana is not good for you. If you find yourself offended by this statement, breathe and think about it for a minute. People acknowledge that cigarettes are unhealthy. People acknowledge that alcohol is unhealthy. People acknowledge that cake is unhealthy. People

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