The Santa Ynez Valley Youth Coalition is a collaboration of volunteer community leaders dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing and reducing substance abuse among youth and adults. The Coalition focuses on implementing researched based best practices, policies and prevention programs through an environmental approach.
The Coalition will facilitate and take collective action resulting in conditions where youth are healthy, safe, resilient and can thrive.
The Valley Coalition currently receives funding from two Santa Barbara County grants and also receives local community support, both in-kind and monetary.
The County of Santa Barbara Behavioral Wellness Department and the County Public Health Department continue to award the Valley Coalition with grant funds to address the issues of substance abuse in the Santa Ynez Valley. In July of 2017, the County granted a three year award for a Mid County Coalition Grant to plan, implement and evaluate “Environmental Prevention” Strategies with the primary focus of: