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.


Our activities include:


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

From the Ventura County Star:
In an effort to reduce drunken driving and substance-related traffic accidents during the holidays, local officials hope to make people think before they pick up the car keys.

The effort, funded by a federal grant as well as resources provided by several Ventura bars and restaurants, will use rewards

If you think prescription drug use is somehow "safer" than other drugs, think again. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), treatment admissions for prescription drug abuse rose 430 percent from 1999 to 2009.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org reports SAMHSA's findings, stating that, while admissions for heroin, cocaine,

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