Expose. Engage. Organize.
In 2018, a group of community-minded volunteers gathered to create the committee now known as Adventure: Fayette County. We work collaboratively with the Fayette Prevention Coalition and the ICE Collaborative to prevent youth substance use in our community through creative means.
For us, youth substance abuse prevention has little to do with saying no to drugs, and everything to do with saying yes to positive and enriching alternatives. It is our goal to make those alternatives as engaging and accessible as possible.
Our work is to expose youth to the many extracurricular opportunities in our area. By increasing awareness and creating accessible space to try something new, we hope to spark an interest in our youth in a positive outlet. We aim to engage youth and their families in this process so we may identify the highest needs and interests of the community. Finally, we organize our partners and stakeholders, we can continue to build an intentional approach to sharing knowledge, opportunities and efforts.
We believe all children can embrace who they are and define their future.
We are a youth-focused coalition who break down the barriers for our kids to identify and experience positive activities.
We accomplish this by exposing youth to new experiences through facilitated programming and mentorship, engaging youth through public outreach, and organizing the community to effectively leverage resources and assets.
We envision a future where community is built for and by youth giving the opportunity to engage in enriching experiences and programs that encourage self-confidence, leadership, and community. As a result of our work, there is a dramatic decrease in youth substance abuse, resources are effectively coordinated for greater impact, and all stakeholders see their role in developing our youth together.
Adventure: Fayette County is a subcommittee of the Fayette Prevention Coalition, started in 2019 to address issues surrounding the drug epidemic as it affects our community.
We also work closely with the Fayette County ICE Collaborative, based off the highly successful Icelandic Prevention Model for teens, to collect data and support community conversations around prevention.
The efforts of Adventure: Fayette County are further supported by our local municipalities, our Board of Education, and of course local volunteers and businesses. In addition, the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program provided support through 2020 and 2021.
Check out our partners at the WV Health Connection to see how health resources like ours are being made accessible to individuals statewide.