Resources for Youth

High school students are invited to apply to become part of our UPC Youth Council and support a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs. This is your opportunity to represent youth from your high school as well as Fairfax County. Read How

Give Yourself a Valentine

By Farhana Khan | Oakton Patch | February 10, 2014

February is heart month, with love spread across the community. Additionally, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, people are busying themselves with buying small gifts and cards, scavenging for chocolates on sale, and thinking of ways to spend special time with their loved ones. Read full article

"Change for Change" at West Potomac High School Jan. 29

By Kristen Talman | Oakton Patch | Jan 27, 2014

Alcohol and marijuana are the drugs most abused by teenagers. What comes next?    
Ecstasy (MDMA) B. Cocaine C. Bath Salts D. Prescription drugs and cough medicine E. Tobacco

This week, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, is one that all teens should be aware of. It is National Drug Facts Week sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, better known as NIDA.

Read full article

Teens: Resolve to Ring in New Year Safe and Healthy

By Jade Davis | Oakton Patch | Dec 30 ,2013

When many people, especially teens, think of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, parties and freedom come to mind. Many are off from work and school and get to celebrate in old traditions as well as modern celebrations. It's a very fun time, but sometimes the holiday spirit with easily accessible alcoholic beverages gets out of hand. Read full article

Think Hot Chocolate, Not Alcohol, This Holiday!

By Phuong Nguyen 

The aroma of cookies baking, “Jingle Bells” by Dean Martin playing in the background, and Christmas lights wrapped around our windows twinkling. This is my idea of a perfect winter night -- combined with hot chocolate for friends and family. I truly enjoy this time of the year for the festive and joy vibes beaming from everyone. Read Full Article

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

By Carolina Sosa | Oakton Patch | Oct 29, 2013

“A Healthy Me is Drug Free.” That’s this year’s official Red Ribbon Week national theme and one that certainly speaks to us at the Unified Prevention Coalition (UPC) Youth Council, a diverse group of leaders from different Fairfax County high schools who strive to make prevention healthy and fun!  Read full article

Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween

By Natalie Hirsch | Oakton Patch | Sept 17, 2013

Pumpkins, candy, and trick-or-treaters are what most adults, including my mom, think of each Halloween. For me, a high school sophomore, Halloween means hanging out with friends and dressing up. Social plans are the main part of many teens’ Halloween celebration. However, for some kids, it is a night out full of heavy drinking, smoking, and possibly even illegal pranking. Read full article