Our Strategic Plan

Mission: 

The Washington Healthy Youth Coalition provides state-level leadership to keep youth and young adults free from alcohol and marijuana by leveraging resources and strengthening communities in Washington State.

The Problem:

Underage alcohol and marijuana use has negative consequences for youth, and high social and economic costs to families and communities.  Preventing or delaying use is associated with positive outcomes, such as improved school performance, reduced youth delinquency and positive mental health.

Goals: 

1.  Reduce the percent of 10th graders who report drinking alcohol in the last 30 days from 21 percent in January 2015 to 19 percent in July 2017.

2.  Maintain the percentage of 10th graders who report using marijuana in the last 30 days at 18 percent from January 2015 to July 2017.

Action Plan: Alcohol

1.  Public education and awareness of the risks for youth, targeted to middle and high school-aged youth and parents of youth:

  • Develop key messages with partners for statewide distribution.
  • Expand underage drinking prevention toolkit.
  • Support community-based organizations, regional, and statewide partners in distributing messaging.

2.  Facilitate collaboration between prevention and industry representatives.

3.  Support the Liquor and Cannabis Board's Responsible Vendor Program.

4.  Address retail practices and policies.

Action Plan: Marijuana

1.  Public education and awareness of the risks for youth, targeted to middle and high school-aged youth and parents of youth:

  • Develop key messages with partners for statewide distribution.
  • Develop marijuana prevention toolkit.
  • Support community-based organizations, regional, and statewide partners in distributing messaging.
  • Develop a statewide prevention education campaign with state partners.
  • Implement and evaluate a statewide prevention education campaign.

2.  Determine strategies for creating policies that will prohibit the sale of marijuana products that appeal to youth.