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
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
youth: just for you
Learn how to help family, friends, or yourself. Videos, guides, info, kits and more to get you the resources you need to get started. Check it out!
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.