The Marin Prevention Network is working to reduce underage substance use and its impacts upon our communities through city and county-level policy change. Consisting of over 10 organizations, the Network represents local organizations, along with youth, school, government and nonprofit stakeholders from communities across the county.
yli’s role in this effort has been to build authentic youth representation and leadership, ensuring that youth voice and perspectives are included at the decision-making table. This has taken the form of trainings that help shift traditional perceptions of youth, and technical assistance to support coalition members as they integrate youth development standards of practice in recruitment, retention and authentic youth engagement.
In prior years, yli youth have helped lead the process, developing monthly meeting agendas, facilitating meetings and trainings (including the annual retreat), and creating a youth engagement assessment tool to measure each member’s success in engaging youth.
yli youth from Friday Night Live, the Marin County Youth Commission and the Marin Prevention Network played a key role in the passage of Social Host Ordinances in the City of Novato and County of Marin, providing a restorative justice approach for youth caught drinking and/or using illegal substances and extending adult accountability to party buses and rental facilities. The policy win was covered in this Marin Independent Journal article and this yli blog post.
Interested in Joining?
Come out to our general body meetings! We are now in the process of developing action plans to address:
- Raising the Bar (keeping youth-focused events substance free)
- Responsible Retail
- School Prevention Resources
General body Coalition meetings are held on the third Monday of every month from 3-4:30pm. Traditionally, they have been hosted in-person at 20 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael in the Point Reyes Conference Room, but are currently taking place via Zoom given concerns around COVID-19.
Visit the Marin Prevention Network website for more details about our activities and coalition partners.