Local Community Services - (Continued)

Mountain Youth Can Change Communities (MyC3)

Started in 2011, MyC3 is a coalition of local youth, ranging from 7th to 12th grade, working together to reduce substance abuse among their peers. Together they work to create awareness of the immediate and long-term dangers of drug and alcohol use. They have attended trainings at the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) to learn the skills necessary to lead in our schools and community. They have undertaken a number of successful projects and campaigns, including the Sticker Shock campaign to remind adults of the penalties for selling alcohol to minors; a Public Service Announcement, which aired on Channel 17 during the 2012 Olympics; and Prom and Graduation Underage Drinking Awareness to help students make good decisions during those crucial events.

Color the Mountain 5K Youth Leadership Fundraiser

Mark your calendars now for September 20 and join us for the annual Color the Mountain 5K Youth Leadership Fundraiser! This fun run/walk raises money for a youth leadership conference exclusively for our youth on the hill.

Youth Leadership Conference

In June 2014, MCCASA, MyC3, and the Center sponsored our first annual Youth Leadership Conference especially for our youth on the hill. Forty junior high students gathered at Camp Saint Nicholas to learn leadership skills and methods to prevent underage drug and alcohol abuse. Proceeds from the previous Color the Mountain 5K and funds from the federal Drug Free Communities grant were used to fund the conference and scholarship students in need. Adult and MyC3 youth leaders worked together to foster this new generation of junior high leaders.

Fiesta Days Tent

Each year, MCCASA hosts a family dining and alcohol-free tent at Fiesta Days. This tent simultaneously supports our goal of responsible alcohol consumption through educational materials while providing support for this important community event, not to mention a shady place to cool off!

Medication Take-Back

Twice per year, MCCASA and the Kern County Sherriff sponsor a community-wide Medication Take-Back to get old, expired, and unused medications out of our community to protect both our youth from prescription drug abuse and our water table from contamination. These medications are collected locally and destroyed. Since 2010, this program has removed approximately 103,000 pills equalling 248 pounds from 417 participants in our community!

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