We had a fabulous collection of voices at our recent November Board of Trustees Meeting which was Co-Sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
The meeting was an opportunity to come together and talk about local issues affecting our community, underage substance use, being high on this list for both organizations. Our Chair, Brad Fincher, Coordinator, Cynthia Stark-Wickman, Vice Chair, Court Bell and Recording Secretary, Boyd Pratt shared some of the data from the Healthy Youth Survey completed from 2006-2012. Meagan Gable, our new Prevention Intervention Specialist working at the FHMS/FHHS also spoke to the way we can help support our local youth and encourage healthy choices. As well as some of the programs we have going on in the schools.
We also used the Audience Response System to poll those attending the meeting (anonymously) on various questions about substance use and the “perceived” behaviors of youth and adults in our community. It’s immediate feedback on how people are thinking and offers a great starting point for the much needed conversations to help create positive change.
Interested in hearing more? We have the privilege to air this meeting on San Juan Access Channel 19 at 9pm, in Friday Harbor, for the immediate future. Here are some photos from the meeting, too.