The Oak Harbor Youth Coalition is a group of volunteers from all walks of life. Our mission is to reduce the potential for substance abuse among local youth by addressing the unique needs of those in our community.
How the Coalition determines and addresses those needs varies from year-to-year. We use the results of WA State’s annual, school-administered Healthy Youth Survey to identify specific risk factors associated with substance abuse. We then empower our community to put protective factors in place in order to combat that risk.
Protective factors can be any number of things:
- Mentoring programs
- Family management tools
- Public awareness campaigns
- Educational and motivational speakers
- Good citizen awards and other positive community reinforcement
- and much, much more
Oak Harbor is a small city located on Island County, Washington. There are approximately 22,000 residents who reside in the Oak Harbor City limits, with an additional 24,000 living in the greater Oak Harbor, or “North Whidbey” area.
A large portion of Oak Harbor’s population serves as active duty military or government contractors linked to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The constantly-revolving population of military families results in an incredibly diverse population — a source of pride for those of us lucky enough to live here.