What We Do

Evergreen youth have lots of challenges, but together we can help them make their best choices.

We’re focused on prevention, but we get there through resilience and connection.

The research is clear: Connected communities are safer, healthier, and more resilient. When we bring businesses, government, schools, families, and other sectors together to support youth, we create communities that heal and systems that can respond to youth and families when they need us most.

We need your help to make that happen.

Join a Targeted Work Group

When we change the how systems run, we can change outcomes on a broad level. This systems-change lens is the foundation of Connect Evergreen, and has been proven to transform communities across the nation. Here in the Evergreen community, this change happens through targeted community workgroups, which each focus on a specific area of need. Join us!

Educate: Risk and Protective Factors, Resilience, & Accessing Resources

Connect Evergreen educates all members of the community in ways that are relevant and accessible to them, bringing current science and trauma-informed approaches to teach people about risk factors, perceptions of harm, and what resources are available.

See This Workgroup's Specific Tasks
  • Quarterly events/workshops
  • Sector-specific education
  • Framework
  • Community trainings
  • Resilient spaces pilot
  • Retailer education
  • ACEs-related risks and resilience info in school newsletters
  • Making the Connection trainings
  • Rx Take Back event
  • YMHFA for parents

Advocate: Policies, Trauma-Informed Approaches, & Youth Safety

Connect Evergreen uses youth voice, proven strategies, and community engagement to support policy and practices across systems and sectors to protect youth and build resilience. This might mean advocating for a change in a law or ordinance, discipline policies, treatment access, or any “rule” that might impact youth in ways that keep them healthier.

See This Workgroup's Specific Tasks
  • Leadership opportunities for youth
  • Cultural competence activities
  • Restorative practice coach pilot
  • Culturally responsive & trauma-informed school-based diversion
  • Responsible retailer program
  • SROs year-round
  • Restorative practices workgroup

Elevate: Youth as Partners, Responsible Retailers, Resilience Builders

Connect Evergreen sees youth as equal partners and as leaders in the community. Engaging youth to elevate their perspective help local systems change for the better. The workgroup also recognizes responsible retailers, community organizations, and engaged parents working to keep youth safe and healthy.

See This Workgroup's Specific Tasks
  • Quarterly events/workshops
  • Sector-specific education
  • Framework
  • Community trainings
  • Resilient spaces pilot
  • Retailer education
  • ACEs-related risks and resilience info in school newsletters
  • Making the Connection trainings
  • Rx Take Back event
  • YMHFA for parents

Illuminate: Data, Local Conditions & Evaluation

Connect Evergreen uses validated local data and the wisdom of the community to shine a light on local needs and conditions. This workgroup also evaluates data and projects to make sure we make an impact and provide real support.

See This Workgroup's Specific Tasks
  • Retailer needs
  • Data collection
  • Community needs assessments
  • Web-based survey development
  • Distill and distribute info on laws and consequences
  • Assess availability of resources by school
  • Participate in V-Stars program
  • Distribute lock bags to FCRC and Tx

Communicate: Connections, Messaging, & Outreach Strategy

Connect Evergreen deeply values strategic communication with the community. This workgroup focuses on targeted outreach efforts: audience-specific materials, engaging social media presence, and strategic messaging to best convey the coalition’s role, mission, actions, and collaborations.

See This Workgroup's Specific Tasks
  • Multilingual resources
  • Develop core messaging for coalition outreach
  • Create outreach plan and marketing budget
  • Youth-led social media
  • DUI media campaign
  • Compile and distribute multi-lingual resource lists and materials
  • Resource lists in schools
  • Multilingual Rx info at pediatric clinics
  • “Lock it up” initiative

Come to a Monthly Meeting

Attend monthly meeting so you can find out what’s going on in our community, stay up to date on prevention work and events, plus learn the latest science and strategies for helping our youth.

Become a Leader

We need youth to lead and represent Connect Evergreen Coalition in our community. These leadership roles as a Sector Representative or Steering Committee member are easy on the calendar but impactful for the community.

Partner as a Business or Organization

Support youth prevention through your business or organization. There are many ways to partner to build resilience and connection for Evergreen youth and families.

Join Our Regional Work

Connect Evergreen works with six other coalitions in Clark and Skamania counties to engage in substance abuse prevention work in the region. The coalition participates in several county-wide groups: Youth Marijuana Abuse Prevention, Youth Alcohol Prevention, and the Prescription Drug. Connect Evergreen has also been part of the Evaluation Workgroup working with the epidemiologist at the Clark County Department of Health to analyze data from the Healthy Youth Survey and a coalition stakeholder survey regarding community priorities and needs. The needs assessment was essential to developing effective strategies to meet the challenges in communities around youth marijuana use.

Connect Evergreen youth representatives successfully participated in a full day training, “Use Your Voice,” to learn how to advocate with legislators around prevention issues. Subsequently, members of the coalition were able to represent Connect Evergreen at the Washington State Legislature for Prevention Day in February 2017. Connect Evergreen members build capacity through collaborative activities and trainings. Members participated in the highly successful Drug Take Back Day, held at multiple sites across the county. Connect Evergreen worked at the largest site, which is within the Connect Evergreen catchment area, and collected the most pills compared to other sites within the county.