UPC Groups

 

UPC groups are composed of like-minded youth and/or adult volunteers often with staff and board involvement who raise awareness, educate other youth or the community, or advocate for change usually around one issue. Groups change over time depending on current issues and the evolving nature of the group itself.

 

Youth Council

Description

 

UPC's Youth Council is comprised of high school students and 8th-graders throughout Fairfax County who meet twice a month to plan their programs. Youth Council implements youth-driven prevention activities supporting a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs. Members must sign a pledge not to drink alcohol or use drugs. During the year, opportunities are presented allowing the Youth Council members to represent the youth at UPC membership meetings and speak before local, state and congressional leaders at major events. Members are offered the opportunity to attend the weeklong state Youth Alcohol and Drug Awareness Prevention Program (YADAPP) Leadership Conference at Longwood University sponsored each summer by Virginia ABC. Community service, mentoring middle school students and leadership development training are stressed. Youth Council members who graduate from high school but remain in the area may continue with Youth Council as college mentors to the group.

 

To find out more about the Youth Council, click here

Coffee & Conversation

Description

 

"Coffee and Conversation" is a meeting held by the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) several times per year for middle school and high school coalition and PTA, PTO, PTSA and PTSO leaders to talk about ways they and UPC can work together to keep our students safe, healthy and drug free.

 

Our meeting dates for this school year will be:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 (1st Floor Cafe)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 (1st Floor Cafe)
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 (Room 5050)

 

      9:30-11 a.m.

 

      FCPS Gatehouse Administration Center

      8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

 

 

For more information, contact us!

UPC General Meetings

Description

 

UPC General Meetings are public meetings held five to six times per year for discussion about current substance abuse issues of youth and young adults, education and networking about prevention programming and strategies in the county.

 

 

Our meeting dates for this school year will be:

  • Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
  • Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
  • Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
  • Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 (Canceled for TEEN-to-TEEN Mental Health Summit)
  • Monday, April 13, 2015
  • Monday, June 8, 2015 (Annual Meeting with Recognitions)

 

      7-9 p.m.

 

      FCPS Gatehouse Administration Center (1st Floor Cafe)

      8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

 

 

Download the UPC Meeting Calendar here

 

For more information, contact us!

 

 

UPC Work Groups

Description

 

UPC work groups have evolved from a primary focus on educational programs for parents and youth with the goal of reducing drug use by youth to work groups focused on use of six prevention strategies to create measurable community change. These strategies include education and awareness programs at the individual level and enforcement, advocacy and policy/practice/program work to bring about change at a community wide level. The work groups are organized by type of drug with the scope of work including a community needs assessment and analysis to define the problem, consideration of the most effective strategies to bring about community level changes using available resources, implementation and evaluation.

 

Work Groups include:

  • Underage and Binge Drinking (UD/BD)  - addressing alcohol use by middle and high school students and young adults age 18-24 and the associated consequences; emphasis is on changing behaviors through community collaboration, educational campaigns, seller/server training and advocacy.
  • Northern Virginia Marijuana Prevention Task Force (formed and led by UPC) – addresses marijuana use by youth and young adults and the associated consequences; emphasis on education and advocacy to prevent access to marijuana and to protect the health and safety of youth and young adults.
  • Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse - focuses on education about medicine abuse and proper medication disposal, and collaboration at a countywide level with pharmacies, the medical community, and county agencies to establish safe disposal through medicine take-back days  and permanent disposal locations.
  • PROTECT – addresses the rise in illicit use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines and use of heroin by teens and young adults; conducts forums featuring local parents, young adults and professionals sharing personal stories about the consequences of substance abuse so that parents and students can discover the signs and symptoms of teenage drug abuse, what actions to take and where to find supportive resources.
  • Health Sector – focuses on outreach to parents of 5th-8th grade students addressing what our tweens/teens are facing and how parents can better support and guide their children through adolescence and young adulthood. The emphasis is on communication skills, understanding adolescent brain development and ways to combat stress through strength and resiliency.

 

 

 

Download the UPC Meeting Calendar here

 

For more information, contact us!

 

 

 

 

Northern Virginia Marijuana Task Force

Description

 

The Northern Virginia Marijuana Prevention Task Force was created to address the growing problem of marijuana use among Northern Virginia youth. The task force is made up of coalitions and community members from each jurisdiction in Northern Virginia. This collaborative work group strives to educate parents, youth, adults, law enforcement, the business community and local legislators on the risks and harmful consequences of youth marijuana use.

 

 

 

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The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) and this website are partially funded by a Virginia Strategic Prevention Framework - State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) and a federal SAMHSA Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking grant (STOP). UPC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with more than 60 partners and members from the community