Our coalition is actively working on 26 strategies aimed at reducing the incident of underage drinking, cannabis, tobacco and other drug use among local youth. Through county and federal funding – and a group of dedicated volunteers – we implement community initiatives following an environmental prevention strategy.


The Raising the Bar campaign aims to elevate kids’ experience in youth-oriented programs by changing the social norms around the consumption of alcohol and other substances. Parents, program directors, and community members work together to promote healthy choices and keep youth events substance-free.

peer-peer education

Our Youth Advisory Council collaborates with Redwood Night Live, TUHSD Wellness Centers, YMCA Youth Court and TUPE educators to provide peer-peer education and advocacy. In 2018-19, we provided vaping and tobacco education to middle and high schools across the county.

Cannabis Policy

Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act which went into effect in January 2018, gives each individual jurisdiction control over the types of cannabis activity they allow in their community. The coalition works to educate policymakers and the community on the public health impacts that can result from commercialized cannabis.


In response to the vaping epidemic among youth, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed a flavored tobacco and vaping products ban in November 2018. The coalition works closely with Smoke-Free Marin and Marin Health and Human Services to spread awareness to other communities in support of similar bans. As a result of the efforts of our Youth Advisory Council and other volunteers – Corte Madera, San Anselmo, Larkspur and San Rafael all passed flavor bans without exemptions in 2019.

Parent Education and Support

Every year MHY Partnerships joins the Marin County Office of Education in distributing nearly 3,000 Community of Concern booklets to incoming freshman parents throughout the county.

We support a number of programs aimed toward supporting parents including: Be the Influence, Redwood Parents Connect and Drake Parents Connect.

Capacity Building

Coalition staff and members participate in ongoing training opportunities to increase coalition capacity. Coalition staff completed the CADCA National Coalition Academy training in 2018 and they complete cultural sensitivity training annually. Staff and several coalition members also completed Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training in April 2019.