Local Community Services
Computer and Phone Access
A desk with a phone and computer (Windows 7 and Microsoft Office Suite) are available for community use in the front office at the Center during hours of operation. These can be used to conduct job searches, create resumes, file for unemployment, file for Social Security and disability, and manage your human services case.
Community Meeting Room
The Community Meeting Room is available for use by a variety of local groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous (women’s and mixed), Narcotics Anonymous, Head Start Socials, Mommy & Me Playgroup, Youth Groups, School Organizations, and Girl Scout Troops.
(MyC3) Mountain Youth Can Change Communities
Started in 2011, MyC3 is a coalition of 25 local youth, ranging from grade 7 in Jr. High to College Students, they work at reducing substance abuse among their peers. Together they create awareness of the immediate and long-term dangers of drug and alcohol use on the developing brain. They have attended trainings at the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) to learn the skills necessary to be leaders in our schools and community. They have undertaken a number of successful projects and campaigns, including the Sticker Awareness Campaign to remind adults of the penalties for selling alcohol to minors; a Public Service Announcement asking parents to stay involved , which aired on Channel 17 during the 2012 Olympics; and Prom, Homecoming, Graduation and Red Ribbon Week projects in their schools to promote Underage Drinking Awareness to help students make good decisions during crucial events.
MyC3 Member Youth Leadership Training
We send MyC3 members who have a certain number of hours attending and participating in the youth coalition, to CASC (California Association of Student Council) it's a 4-Day Summer Youth Leadership Training held at UCSB. They are trained to hold their own meetings, plan projects, use conflict management tools, present their ideas or campaigns through public speaking, and become leaders in their schools and community. These skills are also used for the local MyC3 Youth Leadership Conference that is held for 7th and 8th graders in the Mountain Communities.
MyC3 Youth Leadership Fundraisers
We held two annual Color the Mountain 5K Youth Leadership Fundraisers in 2013 and 2014! This was a fun run/walk for the whole family. in 2015 we had the "Hungry 4 Change" event in Hungry Valley State Recreation Area located in Gorman, Ca. All fundraisers raise money that will help fund youth leadership training and a local youth leadership conference exclusively for our youth on the hill.
MyC3 Youth Leadership Conference
In 2014 and 2015, MCCASA, MyC3, and the Center sponsored our 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 fundraising efforts and funds from the federal Drug Free Communities grant were used to fund the conference and students in need of Scholarships. Adult and MyC3 youth leaders worked together to foster this new generation of junior high leaders.
The Center, in coordination with other community groups and local youth, worked to develop and fund the Frazier Mountain Community Skate Park, which was officially opened in 2005. After repeatedly hearing that local children and teens lacked fun, low-cost recreation in the area, the Center stepped up to help bring a free Skate Park to the community.
The Center offers many volunteer opportunities throughout the community. You can join us for monthly MCCASA meetings to help protect our community from substance abuse or volunteer to collect unused medications at our twice yearly Medication Take-Back. You can register participants at our Color the Mountain 5K or assist with community clean-up projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the current needs and volunteer opportunities in our community!
Mountain Communities Coalition Against Substance Abuse (MCCASA)
In 2006, the Family Resource Center sought grant money to create MCCASA in an effort to reduce underage drinking and drug use on the hill. The coalition is made up of 12 different sectors within our community, including youth, parents, business owners, media, school personnel, and churches. MCCASA aims to make our community safer by helping the Sherriff enforce rules and regulations; changing community norms and attitudes toward substance use; reducing accessibility; and raising awareness of pro-alcohol media messages. MCCASA has sponsored several campaigns including the Medication Take-Back, Save Lives: Report Underage Drinking, and Lock It Up. MCCASA started a Youth Group in 2011 MyC3 (Mountain Youth Can Change Communities), you can read about them below.
Medication Drop-off Box Installed
On September 4, 2014 a permanent Medication Drop-off Box was installed at the local Frazier Park Sheriff Substation to collect unused medications all year long. This Medication Collection Box was donated by the American Medicine Chest Challenge to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide a safe, convenient way to dispose of any unused and expired medications during the substation's hours of operation.
Since 2010, MCCASA and the Kern County Sherriff have sponsored community-wide Medication Take-Back Events to remove expired and unused medications from medicine cabinets in 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 the begining this program has removed approximately 120,000 pills equaling nearly 300 pounds from over 500 participants in our community!
Fiesta Days Dining 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!
Lock It Up Campaign
The Center can provide information on and examples of effective ways to lock up your prescription drugs and alcohol, including LockMed and the Fridge Locker. This is just one part of MCCASA’s “Lock It Up” campaign to reduce youth access to drugs and alcohol.
Middle School and High School Graduation Cerimony Technical Support
Staff from the Center assist with multimedia and technical support for the graduations for El Tejon Middle School and Frazier Mountain High School.