CPY Newsletter                                                     January 2016  

 May the NEW YEAR, bring Joy, Peace and Happiness

to Placer County Families and Communities.

Greetings to our Community Partners, Families and Friends,
Wow! The Coalition for Placer Youth (CPY) has had an eventful 2015. Former Director/Coordinator Shari Crow's positive reach in Placer County and the Rocklin community are evident in all of the strategies and community partnerships she left in place before leaving at the end of July. Stepping into Shari Crow's shoes was something no one could do and as she stated before she left, "You will make your own mark." I cannot believe how fast the first six months of my position as CPY Director/Coordinator have sped by as I write this letter.
Before coming on board in July, there were several successes to promote more youth wellness and substance abuse prevention, like the Youth Impact Awards that CPY helped the Placer County Youth Commission (PCYC) host. Highlighting the successes and positive activities of local youth are fundamental practices of a community that supports their youth. We look forward to participating again this year in what was a very successful event that brought over 150 people to honor Placer County youth. The PCYC and their coordinator, and close CPY partner Kara Sutter, were also instrumental in passing both the Rocklin and Roseville Social Host Ordinances during 2015. These ordinances hold adults more accountable by imposing fines if minors consume alcohol on their premises.
As the new kid on the block, it has been most illuminating to meet the many valuable partners that our Drug Free Community sponsored coalition works with on a regular basis. These partners improve quality of life for youth, families and all residents throughout Placer County and continue to serve the Rocklin community well. Rocklin Unified School District helped CPY collect 2663 student surveys on school safety, substance use and mental health trends in Rocklin schools this fall. All of our partners assisted in helping CPY collect 799 responses on our Rocklin Community Survey. We are now collaborating with the newly forming Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth on our monthly newsletter, community events and most importantly in rebuilding our CPY website, to be launched in early Spring. Kids First is a valued partner that offers many resources for parents and families with children and teens of all ages. The Latino Leadership Council is working with us to increase CPY's culturally appropriate service in youth wellness and substance use prevention for the Latino community.
We are also excited about our new partnerships with the Whitney High School and Rocklin High School Media Departments, where we will be working with students on short video and PSA production to improve community support for youth wellness in Placer County. This partnership is co-sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety and Friday Night Live.
The biggest kudos of the year go the longtime, invaluable CPY Leadership Committee members, who have participated in not only choosing a new director, but in training the new director and ensuring the coalition stays as strong as ever in the valuable work we do to create a community free of youth substance abuse. These members are chairperson Alan Baker, media person JoAnna Julien of Banana Moments, evaluators Pat Dumais and Heather Bullis from Avid Writers, Rebecca Almanza from Proprose, now Sagent Media, Youth Pastor Dan Britton from Crossroads Church and Sergeant Trent Jewell, our steadfast partner from Rockin P.D. In fact, Captain Ron Lawrence, Officer Jewell, Officer Wendy Smith and Shawn Baird from Rocklin P.D. are always working with us closely to ensure we have successful Partnership Forums, Prescription Drug Take-Backs to reduce youth access to prescription medications and media campaigns to prevent youth substance use and abuse.
During the last year's CPY Partnership Forums, community members learned about the latest marijuana trends, identifying and coping with teen stress, and improving fearless communication skills between parents and teens. In 2016, we will continue to inform the community about current drug trends and provide talking points to help educate parents and teens. Even more importantly, CPY will collaborate further with our established partners and new partners towards supporting education, efforts and programs that increase youth wellness. One of the most interesting revelations of the last year is that we became more aware of the high levels of stress that high school students are experiencing today; which we know can lead to substance use/abuse. While preparing for the Teen Stress Workshops that we offered in both English and Spanish, we received several requests to present in schools. In the coming years CPY intends to work more closely with the Placer County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board to increase more support for student wellness resources.
As you can see, we have so much to be grateful for in Rocklin and throughout Placer County. As our coalition continues to expand its positive reach in the Rocklin community to increase built-in community support systems, we are currently seeking a physician champion and a local business leader to join the CPY Leadership Committee. Our Leadership meetings are the 1st. Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Rocklin Library.
Please email me or call if you have any questions, comments or suggestions:
530-889-7238   civazes@placer.ca.gov

Parents Be ALERT
T he holidays are a time of great risk for young people. New Year's Eve, more than any other time, is associated with drinking and can be especially challenging. Parents may be out with their own friends and less vigilant about supervision. Teens may be less forthcoming about where they will be, and with whom.
More than 11,000 young people, aged 12 to 17 will use alcohol for the first time.  Some will not make it to the new year, as nearly 400 young people under age 21 die from alcohol-related causes every month.
When teens or young adults drink alcohol, they are more likely to binge drink (5 or more drinks at a time) increasing the chance of alcohol poisoning or other life threatening injuries. Nearly two out of five full-time college students report binge drinking. One in 10 teens in high school drink and drive; and one in 8 high school seniors admitted to driving under the influence of marijuana.
The first place teens say they get alcohol is from their own home (with or without parent knowledge). About a third of Placer 11th graders said they had been to a party or event where parents allowed youth to drink alcohol.
Be alert this New Year. Keep our youth safe.
Learn about the Rocklin and Social Host Ordinances passed in 2015.  
In Rocklin, the SHO law is holding parents accountable. Learn more at www.CoalitionForPlacerYouth.org/SHO
Marijuana addiction is a fact. 
There is growing evidence that marijuana can become addictive. While marijuana may have an appropriate usage as a medicinal treatment for those in need, there is another side that must also be evaluated to protect those who are vulnerable. A significant percentage of the population who use marijuana will become physically dependent on the drug. Studies are also showing a link between marijuana use and mental illness.
Learn more about the symptoms and treatment of marijuana addiction.   Register for CPY's upcoming forum.
SAVE THE DATE:  February 25 th, 2016   3:30-5:30 pm
                                   Location in Rocklin to be determined

Forum will include:
  • "The Other Side of Cannibis"  - an award winning documentary about the effects of marijuana on our youth 
  • Panel of community members share their experiences with marijuana addiction 
Don't miss out on this very important forum. Space is limited - reserve your seat today e-mail  Christina Ivazes   civazes@placer.ca.gov
Local Medical Marijuana Regulations 
Placer County is among dozens of cities and counties that have chosen to regulate the growth and distribution of medical marijuana. 
On December 8, 2015, the Placer Supervisors approved the development of a comprehensive medical marijuana regulatory framework for the unincorporated areas of the county.  The board's decision allows county staff to work with the community in defining what the regulation should look like.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors is among dozens of cities and counties that have chosen to regulate the growth and distribution of medical marijuana. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act passed on October 9, 2015, allows local jurisdictions to set rules and even set fees and taxes to pay for enforcement.   But local governments have to have local rules in place by March 6 of next year or new state regulations would take precedent to grow, sell, distribute and transport medical marijuana.
"What we discussed today was putting in a placeholder legislation in January that would preserve our right of jurisdiction over what happens in Placer with regards to cultivation, land use, location, manufacturing - all of the components that come with medicinal marijuana use," said District 1 Supervisor Jack Duran. "And provide us the opportunity after January to then really put the meat on the bones in crafting an ordinance that suits our needs for passage later in the year."
County staff advised the board that having a clear, enforceable legal framework around medical marijuana will help reduce the incidence of crime and revenue to criminal gangs; as well as diminish illegal grows, which often use water and chemicals improperly, degrading the environment through pollution and erosion.

There was a general consensus voiced by both Supervisors and speakers at the meeting that:  "marijuana access and regulation is focused on adult users and that youth marijuana use is harmful."   It was recommended that any future regulations or taxing should include funding to support youth drug prevention and treatment programs.
The board is expected to take up the issue again in January 2016 with an initial ordinance asserting the county's authority to regulate.  Staff will begin developing recommendations for a comprehensive regulatory structure for further board consideration over the next few months.

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug Facts Week (NDAFW) is a national health observance for teens to promote local events designed to SHATTER THE MYTHS about drugs.
Launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NDAFW links students with scientists and other experts who can counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends.
The week's observance includes a live online  "chat day" on January 26, 2016 when students from around the country ask the questions they most want answers to about drugs, alcohol, addiction, helping friends or family, and more.
NIDA provides free resources and materials in Spanish and English to help communities and schools plan, promote, and host a NDAFW event.
Check out their website for resources and materials.

Get Involved - Join CALY
Please join us in keeping Auburn and Lincoln youth healthy and safe.

Come to our next meeting:   Tuesday, January 19, 2016    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lincoln City Hall - 600 6th Street, Lincoln

For more information contact Melissa Kelley  (530) 273-9541    mkelley@corr.us

Like CALY on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/CALYCoalition 
Encourage friends and family to join our email list -   contact Melissa Kelley     mkelley@corr.us

Be Prepared for the Teen Years

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.    
F ollow Us
CPY - Rocklin Partnership Leadership Committee
Thursday Jan 7, 2016   3:30 - 5:00 pm
Rocklin Library Community Room
4890 Granite Drive, Rocklin
Contact: Christina Ivazes  (530) 889-7238

CALY - Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth 
Tuesday Jan 19, 2016  3:00-5:00 pm
Lincoln City Hall, 600 6th St. Lincoln
Shelley Rogers, (530) 273-7956

Understanding Marijuana Addiction
Thursday Feb 25, 2016    3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location in Rocklin to be decided
Space limited - register today
Christina Ivazes  (530) 889-7238 

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week - Jan 25 - 31, 2015
Check out their website for resources.     NDAFW toolkit
Partnership for  Drug Free Kids  - where families find answers
Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol
A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips
Parent Tool Kit 

Small conversations can make a big impression

Parents toll-free helpline 
Mon. to Fri.  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.
Spanish Language Parent
free, bilingual online resource
Bilingual Toll-Free helpline
(Monday-Friday 10am-6pm EST)
Placer County Youth Commission
UROC - Teen Group  
Lots of fun, safe, and age appropriate activities for youth.  
Meets Friday nights from 7-9 PM
Crossroads Community Church
3860 Oak Street, Rocklin CA 
Contact Dan Britton danbritton78@gmail.com 
( 916)624- 8246

F acts for teens about prescription drugs

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 Shon Schoer
(916) 652-2422
Rocklin Police Activities League
Activities program for Rocklin youth - coming soon!
For information contact Chris Osborne, Rocklin Police Dept.
(530) 889-7238