Why we're so concerned
about youth substance abuse:
Some reasons for concern are obvious, like the dangers of drunk driving and the long-term effects of smoking. Other issues are not common knowledge and more dangerous than one might think. For example, as Michigan and other states have legalized marijuana, use among youth has increased, creating a great risk to developing brains.
It is our goal to make sure everyone in our community has the information needed to make safer decisions regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Scroll down to learn about some of our campaigns, programs, and trainings we use to help reduce youth substance use.
No Vape November
No Vape November OR EVER educates our students and community on the risks associated with Vaping.
Every November, the NOCC focuses on the dangers of vaping with our students through a series of lunchroom visits, table displays, and fun activities.
Smart Dragons Don't Drink
The Smart Dragons Don't Drink Campaign educates students on the risks of underage drinking- physically, mentally, and legally. Students learn more by visiting our tables during lunch and participating in trivia and activities, and share the message themselves through a social media campaign.
Youth Action Board
YAB is a FREE GAP club sponsored by the North Oakland Community Coalition. Youth Action Board (YAB) comes together to promote positive choices regarding drugs, alcohol, and vaping. Students also work to de-stigmatize mental health issues and create an inclusive school community.
Protect it, Protect them
Our Protect it, Protect them program aims to educate community members on the importance of safe marijuana storage, both to protect themselves and others. During these pop up events, the NOCC works with our community partners to hand out free marijuana lockboxes to interested community members in a drive-through fashion.
Take Back Day
Take Back Day is a national effort by the Drug Enforcement Agency to encourage all Americans to safely and properly dispose of all unused and expired medication.
Level Up Camp
The NOCC's Level Up Camp is a FREE 4-day camp aimed at rising 6th graders. Children will play games, create art, and participate in group activities all while becoming better prepared for their middle and high school years. Topics covered include: self-esteem, goal setting, communication skills, dealing with stress, drug and alcohol refusal skills, and many more!
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. You’ll build skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to those who are struggling. You’ll also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.