United Way of Addison County (UWAC) is proud to be a champion for youth. Through our substance use prevention programming, volunteer opportunities, youth scholarships, and paid youth staff (to name a few), we are committed to improving communities where our youth play, learn, and grow up in.
National Youth Substance Use Prevention month is a good reminder to pause and reflect on the great work happening in our region and across the state to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors for substance misuse and addiction.
What are some of the things happening in Addison County and around our state?
- PEEPS, Partners Encouraging Environments that Prioritize Success (UWAC’s public health and advocacy coalition)
- Parent Groups (look for our PEEPS Parent Facebook group and Parent Groups coming soon!) For now, following UWAC is a great way to stay connected!
- UWAC’s Commitment to health and successful environments through the Icelandic Prevention Model
- Recreational Programming (Bristol, Middlebury, Vergennes)
- Grant funding to support youth substance prevention efforts; UWAC has three! We use this funding to support our coalition and youth programming, such as Getting to Y, and to collect data that helps sustain this funding for the future!
What are some resources that might be helpful for me to know about?
- 802 Quits
- My Life My Quit VT
- Keeping Kids and Teens Healthy and Safe: Parenting Challenges with Retail Cannabis
Who are the youth-serving organizations?
What you might enjoy:
Test your substance use prevention knowledge! Take this fun prevention quiz! You can also share the link or take the quiz with your friends and compare your knowledge.
Have fun with Mouse Party, an interactive way to learn about drug interaction.
Eager to learn more? Email us!