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 Hanna Yi at or (213) 365-7400 Ext.5127.
  • 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 Deisy Gutierrez at or (213) 365-7400 Ext. 5149.
  • 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. For more information, please contact Rica Feliciano at or (213) 365-7400 Ext. 5113.