For teens in our communities that are “using,” alcohol and marijuana are the substances of choice. Although we’re seeing some improvement, almost 1 in 3 teens surveyed have consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, and almost 1 in 5 have used marijuana in the past 30 days. Additionally, one-third (31%) of high-school students who reported using alcohol during the last school year said they got it from their home or a friend’s home (with or without adult consent). The AOD Prevention Partnership is working to change that. We are focusing on:
- Reducing underage alcohol use.
- Increasing the number of youth aged 12-18 years who are involved in positive youth development programs and activities.
- Supporting positive relationships between parents/caregivers and their children.
- Increasing parent/caregiver understanding how norms and environmental factors contribute to underage misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
- Building an effective prevention system in San Mateo County.
Youth Development and Youth Educational Programming
- Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center provides trainings for the Sequoia Teen Resource Center Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and La Raza Club on youth-led action research, AOD awareness, social norms, project management, negotiation, and communication.
- Youth Leadership Institute facilitates a three-part Friday Night Live Regional Training Series to support their environmental prevention project.
- The Sequoia Teen Resource Center plans, organizes, and hosts a Health Fair at Sequoia High School to connect students and their families with agencies that provide services to youth.
- StarVista offers a prevention-focused Leadership and Resiliency Program for high-risk youth (i.e. youth with poor attendance patterns, discipline problems, and/or low grades).
Professional Development Opportunities for Staff and Community Members
- The Redwood City 2020 Community Youth Development Initiative hosts at least three professional development trainings and two larger convenings for youth service workers. Trainings focus on improving youth development practices, family engagement strategies, and AOD environmental prevention methods.
- Youth Leadership Institute provides technical assistance and training to adult advisors to improve positive youth development standards of practice.
- Friends for Youth provides prevention-focused, evidence-based trainings and ongoing support to at least 20 new mentors that will work with high-risk youth who attend Redwood, Sequoia, and Woodside High Schools.
- Friends for Youth provides support to caregivers of at-risk and facilitate at least one prevention-focused, evidence-based workshop on the topic of developing Positive Family Relationships.
- Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center provides prevention-focused, evidence/research-based Parent Project series to families of high-risk youth.
- Sequoia Teen Resource Center collaborates with Sequoia High School’s Parent Resource Center to organize a Resource Fair to connect parents and caregivers to AOD programs and services and host educational workshops on AOD issues.
Law Enforcement & Merchant Activities
- Decoy Operations: Redwood City Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office conducts decoy operations to monitor underage youth purchases of alcohol at local merchants.
- The Prevention Partnership hosts Responsible Beverage Service Training for merchants, managers, and restaurant servers.
Technical Assistance and Research/Evaluation
- Stanford University John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities provides Redwood City 2020 partners assistance with data collection and analysis to measure the success of our efforts.
- StarVista collaborates the Sequoia Youth Advisory Board to update and administer an AOD Needs Assessment Survey in classrooms and share outcomes with the Prevention Partnership and administrative staff at Sequoia High School.
- Initiative started in 2010.
- In 2013, California Healthy Kids Survey data showed that overall use of alcohol and marijuana by 11th graders in the 2012-2013 school year (55% and 39%, respectively) was down from the 2009-2010 school year (64% and 45%, respectively).
- In 2013, California Healthy Kids Survey data showed that both 9th and 11th graders reported lower use of alcohol, marijuana, or any other drugs “in the past 30 days” during the 2012-2013 school year than they did “in the past 30 days” during the 2009-2010 school year.