Our vision is for all teens in Willapa Harbor Communities to be healthy, safe, and valued.
We will support and strengthen teen mental health and reduce substance Use by creating community connections, promoting pro-social activities and providing access to and increasing the utilization of resources.
Here are some of the common words and phrases used throughout our organization and our website.
TAC - Teen Advocacy Coalition
DFC - Drug Free Community Grant - $125,000 from the Federal Government
Match - A measurement of calculating one's volunteer hours and contributions to TAC. The DFC grant requires a 100% match on funds. This means that the total amount of money we get to use from DFC is $250,000 per year. Hourly match volunteer hours are based on a person's salary or can be calculated from the federal volunteer rate. How you can contribute to match: attending meetings, helping with events, sharing TAC's activities with others, posting to the Facebook page, hanging flyers. Businesses and individuals can also help with match by donating goods and services. Example: Your restaurant donates $200 in food for an event, you lend TAC your video camera, you provide the group with a training. Every little bit counts!
A volunteer group of diverse community members that work towards common goals for initiating and sustaining community change.
Building Capacity -
Capacity building consists of many things surrounding the recruitment of membership and establishing a strong volunteer base. Advertising events on the website or our Facebook page are examples of reaching out to build capacity as well as handing out our business cards.
Board (Formerly Steering Committee) -
Our TAC board consists of 8 voting members and 3 staff. The positions are as follows: Chair - Lyndsey Owen, Vice Chair - Zoe Sowa, Secretary - Kelsey Hopstad, Treasurer - Jessica Verboomen, Members at Large -Jon Ashley, Kent Smaciarz, Past Chair- Emily Popovich. Board members are all volunteers.
TAC Staff -
The staff are responsible for coordinating TAC activities/events and administrative tasks. They are paid through the DFC Grant. The staff consists of: Project Director /Fiscal Manager - Bob Caetano, Project Coordinator - Paige Coleman, and Administrative Assistant - Tania Remmers.
General TAC Meeting -
Everyone in the public is welcome to attend! Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 3:15pm at the Raymond High School Library. (We even send email reminders!) Don't worry if you are not an official member; stop by and get a feel for the organization. Membership applications will be provided at each meeting if you would like to join; we'd love to have you!
These are detailed notes from each of the meetings that follow the agenda set for the day. After each meeting, the notes are typed and distributed to the group for review; changes are incorporated where needed. At the next meeting the previous minutes are called to a vote for approval. If they do not pass, more corrections are made. If they pass, they will be posted on this website under the "MINUTES" page. All TAC minutes are public record. Please feel free to download the documents and share them with whoever may be interested.
This is the predetermined schedule of discussion topics used to help guide a meeting. New items may be added or shifted. At meetings there is a call for agenda items for the next meeting. If you're interested in presenting a topic, get in touch with us and we'll gladly add you to the agenda.
Peer Helpers -
Peer Helpers are high school students who are involved in the Peer Helper Clubs in their schools as well as participants in the annual Peer Helpers Retreat. Students are voted by their peers to participate in the retreat based on who would be most likely to be helpful, supportive, and knowledgeable when faced with a difficult situation. All peer helpers are passionate about helping and caring for others. They are trained in when to seek additional resources in order to help their peers. The Peer Helpers form the base of the Youth Arm.