Over 40 youth ages 12 to 20 in Clark and Skamania counties participated in the Youth Now Video and Graphics Contest. Local youth shared reasons why they choose not to use marijuana. Entries are orignal video or graphic works with the theme: "There are lots of reasons weed can wait. What's yours?" 

Voting is now closed - look for announcement of the winners soon!


What is Youth Now? 

Over a thousand Clark and Skamania teens and tweens supplied the voice and direction for the Youth Now Prevention Initiative's youth-focused prevention campaign.  Youth Now completed a marijuana community needs assessment. See the summary of that report below. 


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The Cannabis Conversations

The Cannabis Conversations toolkit gives tips to adults on starting prevention talks with youth about marijuana. These conversation-starter ideas are open to all adults including parents, educators, healthcare professionals, aunts, uncles, youth leaders and more. 

We’re opening the conversation about cannabis in a non-judgmental way by talking with youth about choices and coping using their own language.
— Shane Gardner, School Safety and Security at Evergreen Public Schools

Who is Youth Now? 

 The Youth Now Prevention Initiative and the Weed Can Wait campaign are directed by local youth and run by Clark County’s PREVENT! Coalition and Clark County Public Health. The campaign is the result of a Department of Health grant funded by Washington State tax dollars from marijuana sales. The coalition brings together a wide circle of community members for the common goal of creating greater health and well-being for everyone.  Even those with seemingly opposite opinions about marijuana, like local law enforcement and recreational retailers are coming together to support youth prevention.