Our Public Health programs seek to improve community standards to address alcohol, marijuana, and other drug-related issues. Our Prevention efforts focus on ways to prevent youth access, reduce availability and change social norms in Los Angeles County communities, specifically in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley.
Retail Education Program: PyS is working with Alcohol Retailers in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley by providing Responsible Beverage Services (RBS) training to liquor store personnel by teaching retailers how to sell alcohol responsibly to their customers. Helping retailers implement best practices for limiting sales to youth and reducing underage drinking in our communities.
Flavored Alcohol & Tobacco Project : PyS Antelope Valley is working on an initiative through their Flavored Alcohol, Tobacco and Vaping Product Reduction Project and, once again, assists the City by ensuring the single-serve ban provision of the existing Alcohol Ordinance is enforced.
Parent Education Prevention Workshops: PYS conducts numerous prevention workshops to parents and adults to increase public awareness:
- Risks of prescription drug abuse & safe use/ storage/ drug disposal programs for OTC/ Prescriptions pills
- Harms of marijuana and access of marijuana among youth.
- Risks of alcohol consumption among youth and availability
- Risks and harms of methamphetamine
- Teach effective family management and communication skills among parents and youth.
Youth Prevention Education Classes:
PYS conducts alcohol and other drugs prevention classes to Middle and High schools students to educate them on the harms of alcohol and other drugs. Project ALERT is a school–based 11-week program for Middle school students located in the Northeast San Fernando Valley which has proven to have reduced the experimental use of drugs. It seeks to prevent adolescent non-users from experimenting with drugs. Also, help students already experimenting from becoming more abusers with alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs. This curriculum is published by the BEST Foundation For A Drug-Free Tomorrow and RAND.
Prevention Community Council (PCC): The goal is to implement policies that will improve the safety and wellness of the community. The council invites community residents, parents, youth, agencies, schools, law enforcement, and city officials to discuss how we can work together to address community concerns related to alcohol, marijuana, prescription pills, and other drugs.
Youth Prevention Community Council: The Youth Prevention Community Council meets bi-monthly at the San Fernando Office at 1024N Maclay Ave Suite M-13, San Fernando, CA 91340. Call the office for more information at (818) 837-2272
Coalition Groups: Our coalitions work on local, city, county and statewide alcohol and other drug-related issues to improve the quality of life among our youth and their families.