Recently, we hosted two major events that brought community coalitions together.
Coalitions Rising was a 2-day conference in mid-March that brought together more than 80 community coalitions from Ohio and its surrounding states to celebrate grassroots efforts. Together, we shared ideas about stopping youth e-cigarette use, how to enact and advocate for policies around underage alcohol and marijuana use, preventing opiate misuse in communities, and much more.
Immediately after Coalitions Rising, communities and youth from around the state held 26 legislative appointments at the Ohio Statehouse, where we advocated for support of community prevention and mental health wellness.
In short, it was an incredible week, and a powerful reminder than change originates from the community. That's why we're so excited about the next big event we're hosting, the We Are The Majority Rally.
The We Are The Majority Rally celebrates the fact that the majority of youth in Ohio, aged 12-17 are not participating in substance use or physical violence but ARE leading the way in promoting mental health wellness by taking care of themselves and supporting their peers. The rally allows youth from all over the state of Ohio to come together to celebrate living a healthy, positive lifestyle.
All Ohio middle and high school students are invited to participate in the We Are The Majority Rally. Attending the rally is free, and travel stipends are available.
Where: Matthew B. Schoonover Educational Center at Prevention Action Alliance
($370 for SPCA members)
The Foundations of Prevention is designed to provide a broad overview of prevention and create a solid foundation for work in the field. It's a great course for those new to the field and veterans alike.
Participants must attend all four sessions to receive CE hours.