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: