CPY Newsletter                                              January, 2015
Safe & Healthy 2015
Wishing Placer County families and communities a healthy and peaceful year ahead. Thank you for all your support and commitment in keeping our youth safe and free from substance abuse.
CPY Leadership Team
Shari Crow, Alan Baker, Joanna Jullien, Dan Britton, Eve Nyren,
Mike Gervasoni, Julia Shohbozian
TALK - They Will Listen
Reminder - January 26th - February 1st
Is National Drug Facts Week
Talk to your teen about the consequences of underage drinking and drug use, (consequences at home, at school, as well as legal consequences).
Check out these websites for up-to-date information and helpful hints.
For more information and resources to plan awareness activities in your community, check out this website http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week

Take a Drug Fact IQ Challenge
Join the Placer County Youth Commission to help plan
and promote drug fact week activities in our community.
The Power of Conversation
We talk with our kids everyday about many things: their day, school, friends, hopes, dreams; "what's for dinner?" and more. It's just as important to talk with them about what can harm them, and how to keep them safe.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility promotes parent/teen conversation about underage drinking and drug use.
Make it your New Years resolution to begin a dialog. The research shows that parents are still the greatest influence on their kids.
Check out this youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksLq6-uTVsU  
Tips for Dads
We've known for years that involved and connected fathers raise teenagers who do better in school, have healthier relationships, and stay out of trouble. But sometimes things like a busy work schedule get in the way of becoming the father we want to be.

Here are a few tips from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:
  • Show up for their events.
  • Know about their interests (sports, music, friends, successes, disappointments).
  • Avoid conversations that focus primarily on school.
  • Ask them to help you with a project.
  • Share your feelings and not just facts. Rather than just a pat on the back, tell your son/daughter you love them and miss them when they are gone.
  • Learn to read between the lines. Listen for feelings behind the words. For example, if your son tells you that he doesn't care about his stupid girlfriend anymore, but looks upset, pick up on it. Tell him, I know how badly you feel and I can remember going through the same thing when I was around your age.  
Opportunities for Youth - 2015  
Placer County 4-H:
Public Speaking Series for Youth
Placer County 4-H is pleased to offer the annual Public Speaking Series for Placer County youth.
The eight week series developed from the Toastmasters Program begins January 12th 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Loomis Library, 6050 Library Drive, Loomis.
Sixth grade through high school students or equivalent aged youth are welcome. Youth must be a member of Placer County 4-H to participate.
For more information, call 4-H Office at (530) 889-7386 or visit website http://ucanr.edu/sites/placercounty4h/ 

Through the Rocklin Library's "Reading Buddies Program", local teen volunteers read to children. The literacy program provides an opportunity for youth to earn community service credits as well as encourage reading.
Tuesdays 4-5pm January 6th - March 17th
Call the Rocklin Library for more information.

Ambassadors represent a youth organization, school or school group, or other segment of the population.  They serve as the official connection between the Commission and the group they represent; participate in Commission events and projects; and work to create positive change in the community. Applications are open and ongoing.

Contact Kara Sutter (530) 889-7179 placercoyouthcommission@gmail.com
Student-led clubs tackle mental health issues on local campuses
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI on Campus is an extension of NAMI's mission onto college and high school campuses.

On November 18th 2014, students from five Placer County high schools participated in a training sponsored by Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) and are forming NCHS (NAMI on Campus High School) clubs on their campuses.  
The NCHS clubs are student led under the guidance of an adult advisor. Students plan and implement activities designed to raise awareness about mental health and wellness, reduce stigma, link students to resources, and promote a campus where all students belong and are free from bullying.

Current participating high schools in Placer County include: Granite Bay, Oakmont, Antelope, Lincoln, and Chana.
To bring a NCHS club to your high school or for more information contact Michael Lombardo at mlombardo@placercoe.k12.ca.us

The 2015 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) will be held July 27-31
at California State University Sacramento (CSUS).
YLF is a five-day leadership program for high school juniors or seniors with disabilities. The forum provides information and resources about employment, education, independence and assistive technology. Students stay in the college dorms and have the opportunity to interact with peers and staff with various disabilities, share experiences and develop lifelong friendships.
For more information call: (855) 894-3436 or Email: YLF@dor.ca.gov
Student application deadline is February 27, 2015
Download the application at
Parents are Often Aware
of Teen Alcohol Parties
A new study finds that when teens host parties where alcohol is available, their parents are often aware of the underage drinking. The study, published in the Journal of Primary Prevention, found 39% of teens said they hosted parties with alcohol. Seventy percent of these teens said their parents knew there was drinking going on, and an additional 24 percent said their parents probably knew.
However, most parents do not agree with this thinking and would not want their teen to be served alcohol in any setting.  Cities and communities around the country are passing social host laws holding adults responsible for any underage drinking that occurs on their property.
In a previous study published in the Journal of Drug Education, Friese found parents have a variety of reasons for allowing underage drinking. Some believe it is safer to have their teen drink at home; that they want to pass on knowledge about drinking responsibly. Some feel pressure from other adults to let their teen drink. Others are concerned that forbidding underage drinking would harm their relationship with their teen and potentially lead to drunk driving.
In Ventura County, a person can be fined $1,000 if they are 21 or older and host a party where alcohol is available to minors. If police are called to the same location twice in one year, the fine doubles to $2,000. The parents are also charged for the cost of city services if the fire department or other emergency services are called. As a result, underage drinking has decreased in the county since the law was passed six years ago.
Another recent study of 50 California communities found that teenagers are less likely to drink at parties if their community has strong social hosting laws.
Learn about underage drinking in the home. Information and resources for parents.   http://www.drugfree.org

The REAL Cost
Despite a decline in the number of adolescent smokers, there is a huge danger lurking that these numbers will begin to increase again with the advent of the e cigarettes and the tobacco industry's campaign to once again lure youth into addictive behaviors.
Tobacco prevention education directed at today's teens has taken on a new look. Today's teens believe they already know all they need to know about tobacco. They've heard it all since kindergarten.
The Real Cost campaign delivers new information in a new way targeting teens where they most like to be: on media, in malls, you tube, teen social channels. The campaign has a highly interactive website designed specifically for teens with videos, quizzes, personal stories and more. The website designed specifically for teens is www.TheRealCost.org
Real Cost provokes teens to reassess what they think they know about the cost to their body and mind and highlights some of the more immediate consequences on their appearance, performance, and loss of control. Here are some examples of the messages directed at today's teens.
Every time you smoke, your body is under attack. If you're under 20, your lungs are still growing, and smoking can stunt that growth.


IT'S UP TO YOU You don't need to smoke to meet new people or have a good time. Friendship is worth more than a pack of cigarettes.
To learn more about the campaign and access downloadable materials (fact sheets, posters and more) www.FDA.gov/TheRealCost 
Local Tobacco Program Sponsors E-Cigarette Forum
On December 16th, the Placer County Tobacco Prevention Program sponsored a community forum to raise awareness of the rising trend around electronic cigarettes and a rapidly expanding subculture of "vaping".
2013 was a big year for these new products with more youth and adults trying e-cigarettes. Advertising greatly increased along with their popularity. E-cigarette related poisonings rose from 1 per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014 (according to a CDC study). Half of these involved young children under the age of 5, and about 42% involved people age 20 and older.
The forum was an eye opening experience for attendees from law enforcement, mental health, nutrition, education, as well as community leaders.
For more information about tobacco products and local efforts to respond to this emerging challenge, call the Tobacco Prevention Program at (530) 889-7152.
Keep informed and sign up for the No-bacco Newsletter - a publication of the Placer County Tobacco Prevention Program.

Lessons Marijuana can learn from Big Tobacco

In the late 19th century cigarettes accounted for a tiny portion of consumption. By the 20th century almost half of U.S. adults smoked, with major consequences for public health. Tobacco remains a major cause of death in the United States as well as one of the most difficult addictions to overcome.
The marijuana industry is now following the trail blazed by Big Tobacco adopting its successful business strategies and aggressive advertising techniques. Not surprisingly much of their advertising campaign targets children and adolescents in order to build a larger consumer base with potentially lifetime users. Colorado is now grappling with marijuana storefront advertising. Sound familiar?
Just as the tobacco industry increased nicotine levels and added flavors to cigarettes, so has the marijuana industry increased THC levels and designed new methods of consuming (vaping) marijuana.
How do we encourage kids not to use marijuana at a time when acceptance of pot is at historic highs and there are so many conflicting messages.
We've learned over the years that scare tactics don't work. Rather, research shows that appealing to teens' sense of control and effects on their developing brain seems to resonate more clearly with them.
For more information on current research on marijuana and brain development:
Have You Taken? - The Parent Pledge
The Parent Pledge is entering its 5th Year of enrolling Parents, Guardians, Households and Families in our Campaign to do what ever it takes to STAND UP for Youth in our Community.
Please join the other responsible and dedicated individuals who have signed on to this important campaign!
Follow the link below to learn the details about what you can do to ensure that our
Community Continues to become a safer place for youth to learn, grow and become the young adults we all want them to be!

Support CPY
All tax-deductible contributions are applied directly to programs that benefit the youth of Placer County. Donors to the Coalition for Placer Youth can submit donations via check or PayPal.    
Events in January
National Drug Facts Week
January 26th - February 1st
I Am Victorious Concert
Fundraiser sponsored by
Road 2 Recovery
January 16th at 7pm
Parkside Church, Auburn
$8 at the door
David Fava (916) 628-5465
Rocklin Partnership Meeting
January 22nd 3pm-5pm
Rocklin Police Department
EOC Room
Shari Crow (530) 886-5409
Teen Meetings
South Placer Teen Center
3860 Oak St. Rocklin
Fridays 7pm - 9pm
All teens welcome
Join the Conversation on Underage Drinking
Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol
A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips
Parents Toll-Free Helpline
Monday to Friday, 
10 am - 6 pm ET
(English and Spanish)
Time to Act
Think your teen is using?
Step-by-step guide for parents who suspect their teen is using alcohol or drugs
Teen Plan

facts for teens about prescription drugs

Placer County Youth Commission
Placer Sheriff's Activity League (PSAL):
activities for youth - 
Mondays 2pm - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 3pm - 5:30pm
Fridays 3pm - 5:30pm
Rock Creek Elementary,Auburn    
Contact Detective Jason Davis
(916) 652-2422

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Parent Tool Kit


Parent Pledge
handbook for talking with college students about the consequences of alcohol.
secure your medications safely and easily
locking cap dude
Small conversations can make a big impression
SAMHSA'S PSA campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol
Spanish Language Parent
free, bilingual online resource
Bilingual Tool-Free helpline
(Monday-Friday 10am-6pm EST)

Compromiso de los Padres

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