The Sacramento County Coalition for Youth (SCCY or Coalition) is mobilizing to address underage drinking in Sacramento County, where alcohol is the most frequent substance of abuse by youth.
The Coalition addresses the concern that Sacramento County youth ages 12 to 20 are drinking too early, too much, and too often, according to Sacramento County data from the California Healthy Kids Survey (2009-11). The Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Prevention Services Strategic Plan (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2021) describes the SCCY as a key strategy for preventing underage drinking.
The Coalition is led by the Sacramento County Office of Education and is supported by the Sacramento County Department of Health Services, Behavioral Health Services Division, Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services. Together, we engage youth, families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities reflective of the cultural, racial, ethnic, linguistic, and LGBTQ diversity in Sacramento County.
SCCY Action Plan
The SCCY developed an Action Plan
from October 2015 to May 2016. It provides a broad framework and a responsive menu of environmental prevention strategies and activities as a guide, ensuring strategies implemented by the Coalition will be outcome-based and lead to multi-level community change. The SCCY will use this Action Plan to guide project implementation.
The SCCY selected four Environmental Prevention strategies to include in the Action Plan:
- Developing targeted media messaging
- Limiting youth access to alcohol
- Addressing current laws, policies and practices
- Understanding and redirecting social norms
Each strategy is described in the Action Plan and a menu of possible activities is provided for each strategy. Environmental prevention approaches have the highest potential to produce population-level change.
The Action Plan is designed to be flexible, allowing the Coalition to be responsive to new priorities and opportunities within the County as they arise. The Coalition can leverage a wide variety of existing and potential resources, individuals, entities, organizations and successful national and local campaign models to implement its Action Plan. The SCCY will measure progress, collect data and set benchmarks to reduce youth access to alcohol and prevent underage drinking in Sacramento County.
The Coalition will meet monthly and meetings will be held at the Sacramento County Office of Education on the first Wednesday of each month from 4:30pm to 6pm. Any person interested in community prevention is invited to participate as a SCCY member. The Coalition will recruit members from different segments of the community and continually build the capacity of its members. The SCCY seeks to approach all cultures in a competent manner and include input from all sectors, including youth, at every opportunity.