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

Please help support the Straight Up community!

December 13, 2013 2:10 pm Published by Comments Off on Please help support the Straight Up community!

2013 has been a year of growth and exciting changes for Straight Up. Continuing our mission to engage youth and young adults (ages 12-25) in advocacy projects to promote health, well-being and action, we have engaged over 180 young people his year alone.

Now halfway through our 8th year, Straight Up has taken major strides. In April, we started the process to become a nonprofit organization, and by November we received notice of our status as a California 501(c)(3) corporation. Straight Up is now a project of Reality Improv Connection, Inc.

With these changes, we are able to plan for growth so that we can reach out to even more Ventura County youth.

This is where we need your help! Our community is a responsive and collaborative one, and we now look to you to donate what you can in order to help us grow, thrive and carry on our important mission.


Our prevention efforts surrounding the issues of alcohol and drug abuse, tobacco use, bullying and other social and community issues that they care about include:

  • 30+ social change theatre workshops
  • 108 prevention game show sessions
  • 34 video advocacy workshops
  • 11 Reality Party for Parents
  • Collaborating with 42 other agencies, youth-serving organizations and coalitions
  • 180+ youth & young adult volunteers engaged

Your support would enable Straight Up to acquire technology needed for workshops and leadership training; to allow us to grow and develop Straight Up staff; and to bring our interactive prevention programs to even more young people.

We all need to take action! Help Straight Up and its young people make positive change in your community!

Katherine Kasmir
Executive Director
Straight Up/Reality Improv Connection, Inc.



Straight Up volunteers rehearse for a recent Reality Party for Parents.

Social Change Theatre Group

High schoolers and their parents participate in a Social Change Theatre event.

Katherine leads the Straight Up Game Show workshop

Middle schoolers play the interactive Straight Up Game Show.