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

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

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