BRITE (Building Resilience & Inclusion Through Engagement)
PartnersBRITE is a youth development program engaging teens and young adults ages 12-25 in advocacy and action around issues they care about. They promote health and well-being and seek to help change social norms that encourage, accept and allow risky activities such underage and binge drinking, impaired driving, tobacco use, prescription drug and marijuana abuse. “These serious issues are not just concerns for a few “troubled” youth and their parents. They affect all of us, and it will take our community working together for things to change. Using improvisation and interactive techniques, BRITE engages discussion, explores issues, and develops personal and community solutions to these issues.”
BRITE is a contract provider with Ventura County Behavioral Health, Alcohol and Drug Programs, Prevention Services. BRITE provides Overdose Prevention Education Efforts, including social media and presentations for adults to use safe drug disposal options, while educating community members about the risks posed to youth by easy access to drugs in private homes. BRITE assists VCBH in achieving goals of the Strategic Prevention Plan, including Prescription Drug Initiative, Marijuana Prevention Initiative, Underage and Binge Drinking Initiative, Reducing Health Disparities Initiative, and Impaired Driving Initiative.