School-based Initiatives: Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE)

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

The countywide report of the California Healthy Kids Survey indicates that too many of our youth are using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, are binge drinking, are bullied and feel disconnected from school and community. These challenges prevent our young people from reaching their potential and leading healthy and successful lives.

Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) is a contract provider with Ventura County Behavioral Health, Alcohol and Drug Programs, Prevention Services. VCOE implements policies and training to support the Student Assistance Programs countywide and the Friday Night Live programs, with chapters in various secondary school districts in Ventura County.

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live is a youth development and substance abuse prevention program that works to empower young people by allowing them to have a voice in combating issues that are important to them and their respective communities.

Operating under a youth development framework, FNL allows for the development of caring relationships, high expectations, and meaningful participation. The program also provides support and opportunities for young people to develop meaningful skills while addressing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence issues within the school and community.

The Friday Night Live Programs build partnerships for positive and healthy youth development which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities. The work of VCOE includes a focus on prescription drug abuse and marijuana use, providing coordinated prevention education to students, families, school staff, and nurses.

> Click here to see the California Healthy Kids Survey

> Click here to read about Friday Night Live.

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