STASHA Peer Education Program
Who We Are
STASHA is a nonjudgmental group made up of youth ages 12-19. We work to prevent substance abuse among our peers and within our community using our own words and in our own way. We seek to represent the diverse geographic regions and populations of the county. We are a group comprised of youth who have never used drugs and alcohol, youth with past experimentation/use, and youth who have completed treatment and are now in recovery. By seeking out youth with different backgrounds, we gain a stronger understanding of how we can prevent substance use, and learn how to better teach and share healthier coping skills with other people our age.
What We Do
Our mission is to help prevent substance use and encourage Clark County youth to make healthy decisions through nonjudgmental, youth-to-youth advice and/or suggestions.
Promote awareness through outreach and educational programs, while serving as a resource for our peers at school and/or one-on-one.
Advise various community groups on how to best address substance use at a community level.
Support programs and policies that minimize substance use and encourage youth to pursue positive behavior changes and participate in a healthier Clark County.
The Clark County STASHA (Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse) Peer Education Program is recruiting youth ages 12-19 to fill vacant positions for the 2020-2021 program year.
STASHA stands for Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse. Most simply put, we are a nonjudgmental and inclusive group of Clark County youth preventing youth drug and alcohol use, using our words and in our own way. We work to encourage healthy behavior, build resilience, provide coping resources and support to youth in our community. However, within our prevention work, STASHA creates connections and bonds with those we impact, and we demonstrate how connection is the best prevention.
Who should apply: If you are 12 to 19, live in Clark County, and want to help other teens learn healthy coping skills and how to be resilient, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY APPLY!!! No volunteer experience, prevention knowledge, or leadership experience is required to apply. One of the best parts of STASHA is that this is the perfect place to learn new skills without having to worry about what everyone thinks because we get what it's like. We value having people with diverse backgrounds and experiences join our group because we are able to learn from each other's experiences and become stronger peer educators. STASHA needs member representation from youth who have had past use/experimentation but are no longer using, youth who are in recovery, and youth who have never used substances. All of these voices are needed in prevention work!
What would be expected of you: All STASHA members must commit to serving at least a one-year term (September to June), although many of us love it so much that we commit to serving more. We meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm so it's really important to us that you're able to attend general meetings. We also meet in smaller groups so we can successfully carry out the projects we design. In all, it's pretty normal we each volunteer 4-8 hours each month. If accepted, you will have to attend our Annual STASHA Fall Training which is mandatory. Specific details about the training are still to be determined, though it may take place through video conference or in person while practicing safe social distancing. Lastly, because of the work we do, it is important you are committed to being drug and alcohol free as a STASHA member.
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For more information, contact:
Clark County Prevention Specialist
STASHA Program Coordinator
- 2017-2018 Annual Report (PDF)
- Teen: Off-limits shops too appealing - Boy's survey finds stores for e-cigarettes, hookah, pot too accessible to kids The Columbian (Published: March 20, 2015)
The following events have become part of STASHA’s annual work plan:
PREVENTION IS A PARTY! This event is offered to all Clark County middle and high school students. The goal is to provide a fun, safe and positive event for youth while providing them with substance use prevention messages and materials. This free event includes the following: dancing with a live DJ, swimming, basketball, video games, table games, food and prizes! Click here for more information.
Prevention Summit: Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) hosts a statewide prevention summit each fall, offering workshops to youth and adults on current prevention work and research. The conference also offers keynote speakers, as well as time to brainstorm local project ideas.
Prevention Policy Day: TOGETHER, an organization based in Thurston County, coordinates this day of service that connects youth with their state legislators. Youth prevention teams have the opportunity to network and celebrate their work. At this event, we get to attend brief meetings with our local lawmakers to discuss legislation related to substance use, and talk about youth prevention efforts in Clark County.
Washington State Spring Youth Forum: Youth groups from across the state submit an application detailing the work they accomplished with a specific project that year. They have the opportunity to showcase their work at this event which is held at Great Wolf Lodge (Grand Mound, WA). This forum, hosted by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, brings together some of the strongest and most innovative youth prevention teams in the area.
We Are Still Learning Too: A Youth-to-Youth Panel: After reviewing our 2016 Healthy Youth Survey data and reading about how a large portion of youth in our community experience depression and anxiety, we were worried and wanted to do something about it. Youth want to hear stories from other teens and want to know they’re not alone. Hearing stories from adults is important, but hearing stories from other teens can be empowering. That is why we did a panel on healthy coping. Interested in hosting your own youth panel? Download our how to guide in PDF or Word and adapt it to the goals of your community or audience. Please credit STASHA when you do.
"Good Friends in Hard Times. Friendship. Own It." Workshop: In 2018, STASHA members supported the coordination of the Teens Care Too Youth Summit in Clark County. Members offered youth voice in the planning process in partnership with the Connect Evergreen coalition and also instructed a workshop during the conference called, “Good Friends in Hard Times. Friendship: Own It.” Download our how to guide in PDF or Word and adapt it to the goals of your community or audience. Please credit STASHA when you do.
2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey
The Healthy Youth Survey provides important information about youth in Washington. County prevention coordinators, community mobilization coalitions, community public health and safety networks, and others use this information to guide policy and programs that serve youth. The information from the Healthy Youth Survey can be used to identify trends in the patterns of behavior over time. In October 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 answered questions about safety and violence, physical activity and diet, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and related risk and protective factors.