UpValley Partnership for Youth is a Drug Free Communities Coalition that aims to use the collaborative strength of parents, youth, and community members to address and prevent problems relating to youth alcohol and marijuana use in UpValley communities.
NCOE Community Programs partners with the UpValley Family Centers (link here http://upvalleyfamilycenters.org/) in the coordination of the coalition. NCOE Community Programs provides technical evaluation assistance to assess student and parent knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions around youth alcohol and marijuana use.
The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. Since the passage of the DFC Act in 1997, the DFC Program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions and currently mobilizes nearly 9,000 community volunteers across the country. The philosophy behind the DFC Program is that local drug problems require local solutions. With a small Federal investment, the DFC Program doubles the amount of funding through the DFC Program’s match requirement, to address youth substance use. Recent evaluation data indicate that where DFC dollars are invested, youth substance use is lower. Over the life of the DFC Program, youth living in DFC communities have experienced reductions in alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use.
The UpValley Parentship for Youth has 3 main goals: 1) Increase community collaboration; 2) reduce alcohol use by youth ages 12-18 years in UpValley communities; and 3) reduce marijuana use by youth ages 12-18 years in UpValley communities.
NCOE has coordinated a countywide Drug Free Communities coalition, Catalyst Coalition (link to www.facebook.com/CatalystCoalition/), for 10 years. While Catalyst Coalition has been sustained and continues doing work throughout Napa County, UpValley Partnership for Youth was formed to address specific needs that were identified in UpValley communities.