The Sumner-Bonney Lake Drug-Free Coalition, in conjunction with the Sumner-Bonney Lake 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-Bonney Lake School District, including Sumner, Bonney Lake and surrounding areas, 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
If interested in participating, please contact Kim Nygard, Drug-Free Communities Coordinator at the Family Center (253) 891-6541.