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San Juan County Youth Coalition

What is the goal of the San Juan County Youth Coalition? 

The project’s goal is to decrease underage drinking and young adult problem drinking.

This is accomplished by:

  • Developing our Coalition, involving youth and young adults from throughout the County;
  • Looking at what is currently taking place with underage and young adult drinking;
  • Determining what or who we have to help us;
  • Maintaining a strategic plan for implementation of activities.

Who is involved?

The most important people involved are youth!

We also involve parents, law enforcement, local businesses, local schools, community leaders, and the drug-free communities Coalition in Shiprock.

People get involved because they care about our youth and want them to be healthy and successful and want our communities to be safer.

Our Strategies:

  • Sticker Shock Activities: Youth go to retail outlets to place stickers on cases of alcohol that remind adults that providing alcohol to minors is a 4th degree felony.  These activities are planned for times when partying is more likely, such as: Homecoming, Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s, spring break, prom, graduation, etc.
  • Perception of Risk Presentations: Students, high school or college age, present the risks of drinking alcohol to their peers and middle school students.
  • Positive Community Norms: Social norms campaign that presents positive statistics regarding underage drinking to close the gap between perception and reality.  Most youth are making good decisions; it’s valuable for them to know it!
  • Training for Youth: Community wellness and social justice training to develop strong and competent youth leaders.

When and where does the Coalition meet?

Regular meetings of the Coalition are on hold at this time.

For more information contact Julie Smith at 505-566-5872or [email protected]

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