The Sumner/Bonney Lake Drug-Free Coalition in conjunction with the Sumner School District was awarded a Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The coalition serves the communities within the Sumner School District, including Sumner, Bonney Lake and the surrounding areas in Washington, a community of 43,512.
The goal of the coalition is to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. These goals will be achieved by implementing these strategies:
- Completing a comprehensive community assessment to identify and target areas of high use of marijuana and alcohol
- Implementing a positive community norms campaign to change youth perceptions of frequency and acceptability of marijuana and alcohol use
- Increasing the capacity of community residents to recognize and report marijuana and alcohol use and trade to law enforcement through block watch training
- Implementing responsible vendor training with alcohol outlets to reduce sales to minors
- Increasing parent and adult knowledge of the consequences of providing alcohol to minors
- Advocating for policies and practices that reduce youth access to, and perception of acceptability of alcohol and marijuana
As the community continues to collaborate and work hand-in-hand, we welcome new partners to participate in our monthly meetings held the 3rd Monday of each month at the Sumner School District STARR project conference room. In addition, outreach opportunities are available such as educating others, community events, survey support and community assessments.
If interested in participating, please contact Kim Nygard, Drug-Free Communities Coordinator at the Family Investment Center (253) 891-6541.