The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Arden Arcade (CSHAA), the prevention collaborative of the Sheriff’s Community Impact Program, is dedicated to promoting safe choices for its youth, especially around underage drinking and substance abuse.
The coalition is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and is a proud member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
Who We Are:
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Arden Arcade (CSHAA) is comprised of local stakeholders that includes community leaders, local law enforcement, government representatives, community based organizations, residents, and youth.
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Arden Arcade has a leadership board which includes 12 sector representatives from the Arden Arcade community.
What We Do:
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Arden Arcade utilizes a variety of prevention strategies that impact access, policy, enforcement, and community norms that support substance free youth.
Why We Do It:
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Arden Arcade is passionate about cultivating a safe and drug-free community. Recent research shows that Arden Arcade currently has amongst the highest rates of substance abuse in Sacramento County. In fact, the California Healthy Kids Survey reports that in the past month: 19% of Arden Arcade 9th graders have used alcohol and 20% of Arden Arcade 9th graders have used marijuana.
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Arden Arcade understands change must begin at a grassroots level and engage all sectors of the community.
CSHAA has formal community meetings every third Wednesday of the month at the Swanston Community Center (2350 Northrop Avenue in Sacramento).
For more information or to get involved contact Program Director Brinn Langdale [firstname.lastname@example.org | 916-570-2807]
Arden Arcade Youth Coalition
The Arden Arcade Youth Coalition is a youth leadership and prevention group which meets monthly. Students are empowered to make positive change in their community and schools through advocacy, community service, and prevention projects. For more information contact the CSHAA office.
Talk. They Hear You. Campaign
Research shows that parents are the leading influence on their child’s decisions about alcohol. The “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign aims to reduce underage drinking among youth ages 9 to 15 by providing parents and caregivers with resources to start addressing the issue of alcohol with their children early.
Kids who drink alcohol are more likely to: use drugs, get bad grades, hurt themselves or someone else, have unwanted or unprotected sex, make bad decisions, and have health problems.
What You Can Do to Prevent Your Child From Underage Drinking:
- Be a positive adult role model
- Set specific expectations
- Be aware of risk factors
- Support your kids and give them space to grow
- Be prepared. Your child may become curious about alcohol. He or she may turn to you for answers and advice.
- Use “natural” opportunities to start the conversation
- Work with schools, communities, and civic leaders to protect children from underage drinking
“What you say to your child about alcohol is up to you, but remember parents who do not discourage underage drinking, may have an indirect influence on their children’s alcohol use.”
The resources below will help you start the conversation with your children about underage drinking at any age, because it’s never too early to start talking.
Sign the pledge and commit to having helping keep your child alcohol free!
- As a Parent/Caregiver, I pledge to do my part in helping keep my child/teen alcohol free.
- I promise to talk with my child/teen about the dangers and harmful effects of underage drinking.
- I pledge to create an alcohol-free environment that is fun and safe for my child/teen and their friends.
- I also pledge to pick up my child/teen at any time or place if they find themselves in any uncomfortable situation where underage drinking is involved.
By signing this pledge, I agree that I will engage in meaningful conversations with my child/teen about the dangers of underage drinking.
I agree to allow my name to be posted or printed in connection with any publicity regarding the pledge.
This parent pledge was adopted from the SAMHSA “Talk. They Hear You.” Family Agreement Form
Click on this link for more information: www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking
Too Smart To Start Campaign
The “Too Smart To Start” program is a student-led prevention campaign. Students are encouraged to pursue their dreams rather than engaging in drugs and alcohol. Contact the CSHAA office for more information.
Responsible Alcohol Merchant Awards (RAMA)
RAMA is an environmental prevention project that reduces youth access to alcohol. It is a positive way to improve the health and safety of a community by recognizing alcohol merchants who actively work to ensure youth do not get alcohol from their stores and follow state and local laws about alcohol sales. It is used as a tool to improve store practices, policies and procedures.
Mutual Assistance Network
A family resource center geared towards residents in Arden Arcade.
Elica Healthcare Services
Primary and preventative family health care services in Arden Arcade.
Another Choice Another Chance
Substance abuse and mental health treatment center for youth ages 12-21 and their families.
Center for Fathers and Families
A family resource center geared to reach youth and parents that live in North Sacramento.
San Juan Unified School District Prevention Department
Parent and youth workshops that assist in keeping youth alcohol, drug, and tobacco free.