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. Our Coalition meets six times per year 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

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.

West Marin 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.

The Den: The Den provides a safe and inspiring space for community building, personal discovery, and peer-supported growth for 6th to 12th graders, with special focus on the middle school population. The Den does this by providing a meeting space, dinner, and the guidance of two experienced program facilitators, the same evening every week.