Community Cafe #4

Monday, April 2, 2018
5–7:30 pm (Free)
Stinson Beach Community Center, 32 Belvedere Ave, Stinson Beach CA 94970

Click to download English flyer: Café#4

Click to download Spanish flyer: Cafe#4 SPANISH

Are the Kids Alright?

What are your best ideas for supporting youth and young adults living in West Marin?

Talking Points:

• Bullying
• Substance Use Prevention
• Diversity
• Mental Health Services
• Media Literacy Screen Technology
• Recreation Opportunities
• Transportation
• Academic Achievement
• College Success
• Healthy Relationships

Dinner for all participants. Childcare is provided for children up to 5th grade.
All 6-12th grade residents invited to participate. All TAY participants will be given a $30 stipend.

Please join us!

Please RSVP for dinner and childcare – call 415-488-8888 x250 or Email: pgiacomini@sgvcc.org

Sponsored by: West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth

Contact: whubert@sgvcc.org & hope.madeline@gmail.com

Our mission is to reduce the underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

 


West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth

 

The West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth was created to change community norms with respect to underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Our mission is to mobilize across all sectors of the community and work collaboratively to significantly reduce the incidence of underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

  • Develops and partners with local policies and initiatives
  • Mobilizes our West Marin communities to take action
  • Provides information and educational materials for youth and adults
  • Creates public awareness
  • Convenes educational workshops and forums
  • Offers referrals for health and support service

The West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth is part of a County-wide initiative to address underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Marin County. We meet every two months in communities throughout West Marin.

The West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth meetings are for community partners representing 12 sectors including Youth, Parents, Businesses, Media, Schools, Youth Serving Organizations, Law Enforcement, Religious/Fraternal groups, Civic/Volunteer Groups, Healthcare Professionals and Local Government Agencies. If this capacity building appeals to your organization, please join us.

Our mission is to mobilize across all sectors of the unincorporated West Marin Community and work collaboratively to significantly reduce the incidence of underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Our goal is to improve the overall health and wellness of our community by raising awareness of current mental health and substance abuse issues, identifying and implementing strategies for reducing risk factors and advocating for increased positive youth engagement in West Marin.

Summary:

The four West Marin Coalition Cafe events will function as a needs assessment for youth and young adult services in West Marin. There are four community forums: One in Tomales, Point Reyes Station, Bolinas Stinson Beach and San Geronimo Valley. We will bring together school district leaders, youth and young adults, parents, community organizations, and government representatives. West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youths mission is to work together to reduce underage drinking and drug use; The community Cafe process will help the WMCHY and our Sector Partners coordinate existing services and identify gaps in services to address in our next fiscal year.

Guiding questions for our evening will be:

Are the kids alright?
What do youth in our community need to be healthy and resilient?
What are your best ideas for supporting youth and young adults in West Marin?
How can we reduce and prevent underage use of alcohol and other drugs?

Coalition Café events will follow a World Café model. The event involves multiple tables; each table has a host. Hosts will be sector partners who support youth services. Participants will engage in 3 rounds to discuss guiding questions. Your voice in the conversation matters. Please join us.

Event Outline:

1. Introduce the goals of Marin Prevention Network (MPN) in West Marin:

a. To create healthy communities for youth by reducing the risk of drug and alcohol abuse and misuse and increasing prevention efforts.
b. Key factors in accomplishing this goal:
c. Shared vision and common understanding of problem
d. Community partners and leaders working together in prevention efforts
e. Healthy alternatives and services for youth

2. Identify Gaps in Services and Coordinate Existing Services

a. Stakeholders and sector partners must be present:
b. School district leaders
c. Parents, youth, teachers
d. Community organizations (nonprofits, etc.)
e. Government agencies (parks, libraries, etc.)

3. Witness and contribute Community Voices, Stories, Insights, Opinions, Wisdom:

a. Opening-Youth and young adult panels and stories
b. Coalition Café will follow World Café Model
c. 3 rounds of Cafe table discussions.
d. 2 rounds to share: What Ifs: and Next Steps
e. Each Cafes will have graphic recording.

4. Share findings with community via WMCHY website, newsletter, follow-up meetings.

5. End Goal: Deliver prevention services equitably across West Marin:

a. Existing services are well known by community members and better coordinated
b. Gaps in services are identified and plans are made to bridge these gaps in services
For more information, contact: Will Hubert or Madeline Hope
Click here to download flyers: English version or Spanish version.

Teen Centers

The Loft: The Loft is a diverse, youth-driven teen program dedicated to promoting personal and group development through fun events, creative expression, community activism, youth empowerment, mentoring, and the open exchange of ideas. The loft is for all youth in 4th grade and up.

The Lounge: The Tomales Bay Youth Center opened its doors for after school and weekend programs in the fall of 2011. Initiated, sponsored and largely constructed by the West Marin Lions Club, the TBYC is a diverse, youth-driven program, offering a safe, supervised space for West Marin students to gather and engage in positive group activities.