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Substance Abuse Prevention and Services

Program Goal

  • To prevent substance abuse and its related consequences by empowering community, families and individuals to adopt healthy behaviors.


  • We partner with community-based organizations, businesses, schools, faith communities, neighborhoods, parents, and lay citizens to: 
    • Access community conditions and norms that contribute to onset of alcohol and drug abuse.
    • Work collaboratively identifying the best strategies to reduce substance abuse.
    • Partner in implementation and evaluation.
    • Provide prevention information to individuals and organizations.
    • Engage the community, both youth and adults, in substance abuse prevention efforts.

Friday Night Live

  • FNL programs build partnerships for positive and healthy youth development, which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities while building skills in a fun and safe environment.

What are Developmental Assets?

  • Developmental Assets are the building blocks for healthy development that help youth grow up healthy, caring and responsible. Search Institute has identified 40 assets that strengthen youth – these assets have tremendous power to protect young people from harmful choices and encourage healthy ones.
  • The 40 assets are not revolutionary or complicated and they apply to all kids, not just children at risk.
  • They’re also powerful. Research shows that the more assets young people have, no matter what their background or socioeconomic level, the more likely they’ll be self-confident and do well in school; the less likely they’ll engage in dangerous or detrimental behavior.

Everyone can build assets, take a second and make a difference

  • Greet the kids in your neighborhood by name.
  • Smile at teenagers without expecting it to be returned.
  • Ask youth for their opinions; include youth voices in family and community decisions.
  • Recognize a child’s positive qualities – let the child know you notice.
  • Be aware of how powerful a role model you are (children do what you do, not what you say).

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Contact us

  • Kara Sutter: 530-889-7179
  • Tahoe/Truckee - River Coyote: 530-546-1924