• The Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP) gets a New Home
     
    Beginning July 1st, 2017 the Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP) will have a new home at Kitsap Public Health District. The Washington State Department of Health made a decision to redirect and identify a new Contractor for the Olympic Accountable Community Health Region to better align the YMPEP work with the statewide public health system through our local health jurisdictions.

    The YMPE Program will continue to coordinate and maintain regional work across Kitsap, Jefferson, and Clallam Counties to reduce initiation and use of marijuana use by youth (ages 12-20) and among populations most adversely affected by marijuana throughout Washington State. 

    The Olympic ESD 114, Student Services and Support Center, are pleased to have provided the groundwork and leadership in administering this new and emerging program over the past 15 months. They are grateful for your partnership and support in fostering healthier communities and working collaboratively to improve youth health outcomes. The Olympic ESD 114 is looking forward to seeing the progress and growth of the YMPEP and will continue to provide support as a partner to Kitsap Public Health. 

    Highlights of YMPEP over the past year

    • Disseminated updated drug and weapon free school signage to all school districts throughout the Olympic Region.
    • Student Assistance Professionals and YMPEP Prevention Educator, Vickie MacKenzie, conducted seven social norm leadership trainings of which 80 students participated in selected regional schools. Social norms campaigns are based on social norms theory educating students to understand that most students do not use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. The students plan out a week of activities to educate their peers on positive social norms. Some of the themes created by the students included:
      • Be the Majority.  Most of us are substance and alcohol free.
      • Together We Stampede! Strong. Healthy. Substance Free.
    • YMPEP staff presented to school staff, coalition members, and parents about the health impact of marijuana use, Washington State marijuana use laws, research and trends in marijuana prevention, and tips for talking to teens about not using marijuana.
    • Partnered with the Liquor and Cannabis Board to disseminate youth marijuana prevention and education parent material to all retail marijuana shops throughout the Olympic Region. 
    Thank you again for your partnership and support! The YMPEP team here at the OESD 114, Student Services and Support Center wish Kitsap Public Health District all the best!