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Prevention & Positive Youth Development

Components of successful PYD programming includes:

Youth prevention programs funded by the Children, Youth & Families Division are designed to integrate these basic components into services in order to promote school success and positive life outcomes.

PreventNet | Social Norms Project | Teen Mentor Program | Committees

PreventNet Community Schools

PreventNet Community Schools is a community/school-based service system created by the Children, Youth & Families Division (CYF) to improve outcomes for children, youth, and their families by creating a web of support among schools, non-profit agencies, community members, local businesses and local government. This support includes: prevention and early intervention services in local schools and reducing risk factors, such as poor academic performance, truancy, family management problems, alcohol and other drug use, poverty/homelessness, and negative peer association.

PreventNet sites funded by CYF and an additional site that uses the PreventNet model that is funded by CYF and a partner agency. Each of these sites is the result of collaboration and partnership between Clackamas County, the school, and a local non-profit that delivers the services and houses the program staff, which includes a Site Coordinator, a Prevention Specialist, and Activity Leaders.

Funding for PreventNet services is provided through grants from state and federal government entities, Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, and Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division. PreventNet Community School sites are housed at the following locations:

Elementary School Sites

Contact Karen Gorton 503-650-5680 for information about the elementary school sites.

Middle School Sites





Oregon City



High School Site

For more information about middle and high school sites, contact Brian McCrady 503-650-5681.

Social Norms Project

Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) Division received funding to reduce underage drinking through the implementation of a Social Norms Project at middle and high schools in Milwaukie, Canby and Sandy, as well as Clackamas Community College. Social Norms focuses on positive aspects happening in schools and the community. Most people have the perception that the majority of teenagers drink alcohol and/or use drugs, but the true norm is that most teens don't drink or use drugs. The idea behind the Social Norms Project is to get people to learn and understand the “real” norm, which then can change a youth’s decision to start in the first place.

CYF works with school staff and students to focus on the majority of the students who are not using to get the message out. For more information, contact Brian McCrady 503-650-5681.

Teen Mentor Program

The Teen Mentor Program offers a way for teens to use their talent and skills as friends and role models for elementary school-aged children who need additional emotional support and positive attention at school. Teens are paired up in the beginning of the school year to meet with their “mentee” for one hour, one day each week, during the school day at the elementary school. Elementary students benefit by increased self-confidence, a more positive attitude toward school, and improved social skills and academic performance. Teens develop leadership skills, social awareness and increase their engagement in the community. Currently there are twenty matches in Estacada.

Contact Brian McCrady 503-650-5681 for more information.


Clackamas County Prevention Coalition
The Clackamas County Prevention Coalition (CCPC) is a collaboration of partners representing county government, schools, youth serving organizations, law enforcement agencies, civic and volunteer groups, health-care professionals, and other stakeholders in the community who are interested in promoting healthy, safe communities and positive youth development. Specifically, CCPC works to reduce teen drug and alcohol use and related problems by raising awareness, enhancing skills, providing support, changing consequences, altering physical environments to reduce risky behaviors, and modifying or creating policies. It also serves as an umbrella organization providing support and technical assistance to local community coalitions in Estacada, Gladstone, Milwaukie, and Oregon City.

CCPC meets the third Wednesday of every quarter (March, June, September, December ) from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Development Services Building (150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045) in room 119. All are welcome to attend. Contact Brian McCrady at 503-650-5681 for more information.

The Coalition is working on a new project to reduce underage drinking among 12-20-year-olds in Milwaukie, OR.

All meetings will be held at the Public Safety Building (3200 SE Harrison Street, Milwaukie, OR 97222) in the community room. Community members are welcome, for more information contact Brian McCrady at 503-650-5681.

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Development Services Building

Children, Youth & Families

Phone number 503-650-5678
Address 150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045