Today we get to welcome another new blogger to the Oakton Patch family: The Unified Prevention Coalition.
UPC is a nonprofit comprised of more than 50 community partners in Fairfax County, whose goal is "to prevent violence, alcohol, and other drug use by youth and young adults in Virginia’s most populous county. Our hallmark is a commitment to community collaboration—more than 50 community organizations partner with us as health advocates in a shared vision of making our community a better place."
It's behind several countywide campaigns each year, including "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most," "Perils of College Drinking Culture," Parents Reaching Out To Educate Communities Together (P.R.O.T.E.C.T.), "Saturday Night in the Suburbs" and a number of prevention conferences.
You've probably seen them make headlines on Patch here:
- Nonprofit Earns Grant to Prevent Teen Alcohol Use
- UPC Kicks Off Drinking and Driving Forums
- UPC Hosts Forums on College Drinking
Board members and other partners will use the blog to discuss issues like teen drinking, drug use and other risky behaviors, and how to prevent them and engage the community in conversation.
You can read the group's first post here: Substance Abuse: A Public Health Issue, written by UPC Board member Dr. William Hauda.
Want to blog on Oakton Patch, too?
Oakton Patch is always looking for bloggers who can share their knowledge on hobbies and views on issues, while simultaneously letting their personalities shine through. We want bloggers who can have readers walk away feeling challenged, inspired, happy, sad or further educated on a particular subject.
Keep in mind that this is not a reporting gig. There’s no need to be a published author or someone who needs to be told what to write about. We want you to write about what you want and when you want. You can post whenever you feel like it.
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