Empowered Teens Coalition 

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The Empowered Teens Coalitions are volunteer prevention advocacy organizations that bring parents, schools, agencies, community groups, and community members together to work on preventing youth substance use. We work in the Chimacum, Port Townsend, Quilcene, and Brinnon school districts in collaboration with the school districts, the Olympic Educational Service District 114, and Jefferson County Public Health. The Empowered Teens Coalition is governed by citizen volunteers and representatives from local agencies and funded by the Healthcare Authority through the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative. 


Chimacum- contact coalition coordinator Kara Billinger-Hessom.

Port Townsend- founded in 2018, contact coalition coordinator Lindsay Scalf 

Quilcene-Brinnon- founded in 2021, contact coalition coordinator Holly Gumm

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Link for Chimacum school district residents: 98325, 98339, 98365, 98358


Link for Quilcene-Brinnon school district residents: 98376, 98320


Link for Port Townsend school district residents: 98368


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Guiding Good Choices – hosted each Fall and Spring

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You Can

You Can is a prevention campaign by the Washington State Department of Health to educate 12 to 17 year olds about the risks and consequences of marijuana use.

Marijuana laws have changed a lot in Washington in just the last few years. But if there’s one thing you need to know, it’s that marijuana—also called pot, weed, or cannabis—is still illegal for people under 21.

The You Can campaign is brought to you by the Marijuana Prevention and Education Program within the Division of Prevention and Community Health at the Washington State Department of Health. The funding for this campaign comes directly from marijuana revenues as laid out in state Initiative 502 (I-502), now known as RCW 69.50.540.

For more information on I-502 and the tax reforms defined in HB 2136, please refer to the full initiative: i502

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Out of the Picture

The Out of the Picture campaign is supported by the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition, a partnership of several Washington state agencies and organizations who are united in preventing underage use of alcohol and marijuana. One of these agencies, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), is sponsoring this campaign with funding from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Washington teens, substance use prevention professionals and researchers were involved in creating the campaign.

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Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is a FREE home visiting program for new parents who are pregnant with their first baby. When you enroll you will be connected to a registered nurse who will provide the support, advice, and information you need to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby and be a great parent.

Who can enroll in Nurse-Family Partnership?

Anyone who:

  • Is pregnant with their first child
  • Is pregnant 28 weeks or less
  • Meets income requirements
  • Lives in an area where Nurse-Family Partnership is available

To learn more, or to ask about getting connected with your free personal nurse, please call (360) 385-9400

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A community-led project by the Clallam Resilience Project inspired by the Quileute Tribe's New Beginnings Program, Community Resilience Initiative's: Resilience Trumps ACES card deck, and the Community Resilience Initiatives deck of Building Block deck of cards.  


Come Play & Learn with us at any of these three locations:  

Brinnon, Chimacum, or Port Hadlock


  • To learn more about this Washington State community-based approach to preventing substance abuse, view the Community Wellness and Prevention Initiative (CWPI).
  • For a discussion around prevention, Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), Good Behavior Game, Communities that Care, risk and protective factors, see this article.
  • Learn more about alcohol abuse.