The mission of Park Hill Community Alliance for Youth is to facilitate community members collaborating together to reduce substance use, promote mental health, and build resilience in Park Hill youth.
The Park Hill Community Alliance for Youth (CAFY) is a community coalition. A coalition is an alliance of like minded people/organizations working towards a combined action. We are made up of 12 sectors within the community.
From 2009 until today we have known as the Park Hill Community Alliance for Youth, but our substance abuse prevention efforts date back to 1985. Over the years the coalition has consistently focused our prevention efforts by addressing risk factors and working towards environmental change.
Our coalition is located in Platte County, Missouri. The boundaries of our prevention efforts align with the boundaries for the Park Hill School District; however these efforts are not exclusive to Park Hill students. Our efforts include all young people living in the Park Hill area. Additionally we work collaboratively with the Northland Prevention Coalition on efforts that impact the entire Northland. Cities within our catchment area include:
In 2019, the Park Hill Community Alliance for Youth (CAFY) Coalition was awarded a Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant. This grant is provided by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and empowers local community coalitions like CAFY to work toward addressing the seven strategies for community change with a focus on changing environmental risks that impact our youth. An example of an environmental risk is - social norms surrounding substance use. This means it is normal for youth to see and or participate in substance use in their social interactions. This can include anything from community events that allow alcohol consumption in the presence of minors to adults asking a minor to get them a beer.
To understand why we do what we do, you must understand the challenge we are up against. This less than 4 min video lays out why prevention is our mission and why our mission must be progressed forward.