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YES Partnership Begins 25th Anniversary Celebration

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The YES Partnership will kick-off their year long 25th anniversary celebration tonight from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Sonora Elks Lodge.

Dianne Sewell of the YES Parnership was Thursday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

The YES Partnership was originally established in 1986, in response to a spike in local teen suicides. Today, the YES Partnership continues to pursue its mission to support Tuolumne County youth and families and prevent substance abuse, suicide and child abuse.

The goals of the program are to: 1) Delay the onset and progression of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among family, school and community; and 2) Strengthen community collaboration to increase support for local substance abuse.

To achieve these goals, the coalition implements the following strategies: 1) Continue and improve youth and community education and advocacy; foster youth leadership and create and support positive adult interaction with youth and 2) increase involvement in each coalition sector (youth, adult and community) and strengthen the coalition’s strategic planning and evaluation.

YES provides the community with a vibrant forum for networking and coordination among agencies, community members, parents and youth leaders who care about youth and families.

The YES Partnership operates under the fiscal management of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency. It has a 30-member coalition that meets monthly and cooperates on a wide range of projects organized through its on-going committees: Education, Youth Involvement, Media, Membership, Fundraising, Mini Grants, Family Page, Suicide Prevention Ad Hoc and Data & Research. 

Any member of the community is also welcome and encouraged to participate on these committees. Two paid staff members – one part-time director and one full-time coordinator – support all coalition and committee activities, and operate from A-TCAA’s Tuolumne County offices.

Current programs and initiatives that are either led by or supported through the Partnership include a range of public awareness projects and campaigns, youth leadership programs and activities and opportunities for positive adult-youth interactions and parent education and support. These activities attempt to reach into every corner of the county, and into all public elementary and high school campuses.

Tickets for tonights events will be made available at the door. Tickets are $15 each and includes a chance to win a week long cruise.  A silent auction will raise funds for a prescription drug misuse campaign.

For more information call (209) 533-1397.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

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