Welcome to TOGETHER!

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging and mobilizing families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth.

 

Educate
We work to increase knowledge and awareness to encourage healthy decision-making.

Advocate
We promote policies and systems that support positive youth development.

Engage
We cultivate youth leadership and collaborate with others to create vibrant communities.


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Post-Legalization: Now What?


Marijuana is legal for those 21 and older since the passage of Initiative 502. Recreational marijuana stores are now open. So what do we need to know to prevent youth marijuana use? Here are a few facts, tips and ideas to start conversations with the kids and teens in your life.


Youth attitudes about marijuana have been changing in recent years. Teens in our county and state are increasingly reporting they don’t think their parents and peers would disapprove if they used marijuana. But teen brains are still developing, and using any drug, including marijuana, can impair brain development.


Staying substance free helps to protect kids and build a positive foundation for their future! How can you help protect kids? Talk to them! There isn’t one ‘right way’ to have the conversation. What’s most important is that you have the conversation. Discuss your expectations, set rules for kids, and enforce consequences.


Start early, and talk often!

 

Here are some places to start:

  • Marijuana is still illegal for those under the age of 21. Most teens in Thurston County choose not to use marijuana.
  • Regular marijuana use and school don’t mix. Marijuana affects memory and learning, and teens who use marijuana are more than twice as likely to get lower grades in school (Cs, Ds or Fs) compared with those who don’t use it.
  • Using marijuana to feel better or cope with emotions can interfere with healthy coping strategies.

 

Learn

Besides talking, the best thing you can do is stay informed.

To get tips on how to talk to your kids about marijuana, alcohol and other drugs, check out drugfree.org.

For more information about marijuana, visit www.learnaboutmarijuanawa.org.

 

Keep it out of their hands.

The best way we can protect kids is to keep marijuana out of their hands. This means:

Secure your stash, including edibles.

Don't use marijuana with them or in front of them.

Don't give kids marijuana.

Talk to your kids about your expectrations. Remember, young people's brains are still developing (through the age of 25) and marijuana can affect this development.

 

Go to bat for TOGETHER!

 

Baseball...hot dogs...fireworks. Come support TOGETHER! and hang out with your friends at a Tacoma Rainiers game on July 25.

 

Tacoma Rainiers game for TOGETHER!

 

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Champions for Kids

THANK YOU to everyone who turned out for Champions for Kids on March 24! It was really fabulous. Our staff and Board really enjoyed it and we hope you did too. And congratulations to all of our silent auction and raffle winners!

Click here for a picture album.

We're grateful to The Stars Foundation of Thurston County and all of our other Champions for Kids 2014 sponsors!

 

 

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