healthy youth development

Whatcom Prevention Coalition

who we are

Whatcom Prevention Coalition (WPC) includes youth-led and youth-serving organizations that promote healthy youth development and work toward reducing and ultimately eliminating youth substance abuse of marijuana and other drugs, alcohol, tobacco and e-cigs. We support positive mental health for youth and work to end youth suicide. See a list of members.

Our mission is to build safe and healthy communities by providing leadership, promoting prevention and building partnerships that mobilize youth, families and neighborhoods to reduce substance abuse and other harmful behaviors among youth and the broader community.

Through community discussions, education, trainings and advocacy we are building a stronger community to promote healthy youth development and reduce substance abuse in Whatcom County. We believe everyone has something to contribute, especially our youth, and that there is benefit in people connecting to their neighborhoods. Click here for the history of WPC.

what we do and how you can stay connected

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Whatcom Prevention Coalition supports youth efforts to provide prevention education and fun activities in schools located in Whatcom County. Click here to learn more about the awesome projects our Whatcom County youth are involved in and passionate about! For more information, or any questions, please contact the club advisor through phone or email, and be sure to become a fan of your favorite clubs on Facebook!
There are many groups in our local community that offer programs and activities for promoting healthy youth development. Click here for a list of groups in Whatcom County that you can connect with.
Healthy (positive) youth development envisions a world where all youth have the support, relationships, experiences, resources, and opportunities they need. It focuses on strategies and processes that foster the healthy well-being of you and offer promising approaches for preventing or reducing a wide range of adolescent health-risk behaviors.

It is “a process by which young people acquire competencies and positive connections to self, others and the larger community (National Youth Development Research Response Initiative, 2003)” It “builds on strengths (“youth -as -assets”) rather than deficits and aims to help youth reach their full potential and become productive adults.

Integration of youth development and community development involves engaging youth as active collaborators through positive relationships with adults, purposely creating environments where where constructive, affirmative, and encouraging relationships with adults and peers are sustained over time.
Cited from University of Kentucky publication

We focus on positive youth development, healthy relationships and safety, mental health well-being, youth substance abuse education and prevention, youth suicide prevention, and resiliency and protective factors. Learn more about the areas and issues the Whatcom Prevention Coalition focuses on.

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WPC areas of focus

Includes positive youth development, healthy relationships and safety, mental health well-being, youth substance abuse education and prevention, youth suicide prevention, and resiliency & protective factors. Learn more.

parents, families, caring adults

Talk. They Will Hear You. Find resources here on how to talk with your children and teens about positive youth development, substance abuse and suicide prevention.