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The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Health, the Health Care Authority - Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, and Liquor and Cannabis Board.
A community assessment is a comprehensive description of your target community. The assessment process is a systematic gathering and analysis of information about the community for the purpose of identifying and addressing local substance use problems. Undertaking a community assessment can provide many opportunities for the coalition and the community.
The Social Development Research Group out of the University of Washington has organized protective factors into a strategy for action called the Social Development Strategy or “SDS”.
The social development strategy highlights the importance of providing opportunities, skills, and recognition for young people. When these elements are present youth begin to develop a sense of attachment to the people or institutions that have provided them. And when they have a sense of bonding and attachment, they will be motivated to abide by the clear standards for the behavior you share with them. All this leads down the road to healthy behaviors. With these elements in place, young people can be successful and contribute.