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.
Our activities include:
- A range of options for interactive classroom workshops
- Youth leadership development and spokesperson training
- Reality Parties for Parents – After seeing teen actors portray scenes from a simulated drinking party and voice their concerns about trends in youth alcohol use, parents explore what adults can do to make a difference and keep their kids safe
- Community assessments – Identifying problems & potential solutions
- Guidance and support for planning & implementing your own prevention projects
- Training in Reality Improv and social change theatre techniques
- Video production – Webcasts & public service announcements
- Community discussion through the Straight Up blog
- Straight Up audio podcast
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
After a successful soft opening last month, Ventura's LGBTQ community will finally be getting a community resource center on August 3rd.
"The boards of Diversity Collective, Project Safer, Rainbow Umbrella, and HOPE invite you to join us for:
- 5:00 to 6:00 Ventura Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
- 6:00 to 8:00
Join Ventura County Behavioral Health in August to discuss the Rx and Heroin issue in Ventura County. Learn about Ventura County's response to the growing problem of prescription pain medication and heroin abuse. Labeled a nationwide crisis and epidemic, reports from professionals and the community made it clear that this region
What is impaired driving?
"Impaired driving is dangerous. It's the cause of more than half of all car crashes. It means operating a motor vehicle while you are affected by. Alcohol. Legal or illegal drugs."
How big is the problem?
In 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third
BHO labs are one of the first things that fascinated me after signing on with Straight Up. I had previously never heard of honey oil and the resulting explosive disasters that illegal manufacturers leave in its wake.
Let's start with what is butane honey oil (BHO)?
"Honey Oil is an evaporated solution
Maybe you missed it this year (and we are so sorry for you if you did), but Summerfest is an annual health fair hosted by Ventura Unified School District and we had a BLAST coming out to talk, offer services and take pictures in our sweet photo booth. A large