Advocacy

Reducing alcohol and other drug use begins with prevention. Our Advocacy programs work with youth, parents, schools and community organizations to build a common vision: the health and safety of our community.

Prevention Education trains youth to become health advocates, helps parents establish a safe and drug-free neighborhood, and supports leaders and politicians in policy enforcement. We work alongside teachers to implement a prevention education curriculum to be taught at our local schools.

  • Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Program (YDAPP) is a 10-month leadership program that trains youth advocates to raise substance abuse awareness among their peers in Koreatown and neighboring communities. Youth advocates participate in alcohol and drug-free events, such as community clean-ups, health fairs and educational outreach, throughout the year. For more information, please contact Bryan Zaragoza Hurtado at bzaragoza@kyccla.org or (213) 365-7400 Ext.5119.
  • Prevention Community Council (PCC) identifies the needs and resources to reduce substance abuse in youth 12-20 years old in Koreatown, Pico-Union and Westlake. Parent representatives will also help guide prevention efforts and speak on behalf of the communities they live in. For more information, please contact Edith Bedolla at ebedolla@kyccla.org or (213) 365-7400 Ext. 5135.
  • The Coalition to Prevent Alcohol-Related Harms in Metro Los Angeles (Co-PALM) supports the Safe School Zone initiative, which increases fines for criminal activity that occurs 1,500 feet around schools. Co-PALM concentrates its efforts around Berendo Middle School on the Pico-Union/Koreatown border and Nightingale Middle School in Highland Park to reduce underage drinking through education and policy enforcement.
    Co-PALM meets monthly in Koreatown at Jewish Family Services. Coalition members, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Institute for Public Strategies, and Social Model Recovery Systems, are Metro LA-located programs funded by the Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC), a division of County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
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