County youth program seeks west-side input on youth substance use, misuse

The survey results will help the coalition know how to better serve youth and families in west Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The West Van for Youth coalition is conducting a survey to gather views on youth substance use from families and businesses in the west-side 98660, 98661, 98665 and 98663 zip codes.

The survey results will help the coalition know how to better serve youth and families in west Vancouver.

The coalition, made up of students, individuals and public and private agencies, works to promote healthy choices and reduce substance misuse among youth. It was established in 2011 as part of the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative program funded and administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority. Clark County is the fiscal agent for the coalition.

The survey, which is hosted on SurveyMonkey, is anonymous. Responses will be kept confidential and reported only as aggregated data.

The survey is voluntary. A community member who takes the survey can decline to answer any question or stop the survey at any time. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is open until Fri., Dec. 13.

An English version of the survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CLWEVA2019EN. A Spanish version of the survey is at https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/CLWEVA2019SP.

The survey is among several recent efforts by coalition members to raise awareness about youth substance use and encourage youths to participate in drug prevention activities.

In late October, coalition volunteers:

  • Adorned trees and lamp posts in downtown Vancouver and west-side neighborhoods with red ribbons for a youth substance prevention campaign.
  • Planted 950 red tulip bulbs in downtown Vancouver and west-side neighborhoods.
  • Volunteered to decorate the town with prevention messaging.

For more information about West Van for Youth, please contact Alaina Green, program coordinator, at (564) 397-5841 or alaina.green@clark.wa.gov.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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