Building a stronger PDX community
Big Village PDX is passionate about making Portland an even better place for our youth as we engage the community to identify substance abuse problems and solutions. We foster creativity and innovation while remaining grounded in evidence-based approaches.
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Calling All Parents
Have you talked to your child about the consequences of using alcohol or drugs? Do you worry about the influence of their peers even after your discussion? Do you feel alone in dealing with these issues? It’s time to get involved with Big Village to gain support and to take action to build a stronger community for your child.
Join the Movement
The strength of our work is in the energy and vision of our members and supporters. Our coalition is comprised of parents, youth, business owners, schools, health professionals, non-profits, law enforcement, government, faith based and civic organizations, and more! We encourage you to utilize our resources, attend our events, sign up for our newsletter, and become a member of the coalition.
Youth Empowerment Committee
Data has shown that youth led prevention activities are very effective in delivering our message. A healthy youth voice gives a perspective that all of us adults need to hear.
Big Village is a coalition of diverse stakeholders working to reduce youth and young adult substance abuse in the Portland area through: education, engagement, and advocating for policies and community norms that promote health. We are community members with varied backgrounds and we bring different expertise and perspectives to the table. We love Portland’s vibrant culture and seek to celebrate what makes Portland unique while ensuring that all community members, including young people, have the opportunity to be safe and thrive.
The coalition formed in December of 2012 to address high risk drinking among young adults in Portland’s nightlife district, a neighborhood with highly concentrated bars and nightclubs that were experiencing high rates of alcohol related assaults and noise and livability complaints. Although Big Village started with the goal of reducing binge drinking and increasing safety in the nightlife district, the coalition quickly attracted diverse stakeholders, gained momentum, and began addressing alcohol policy issues, underage drinking and youth marijuana use throughout Portland.
Big Village uses evidence-based approaches that address the local conditions and needs of our community. We measure and evaluate our progress and we have high standards around productivity and inclusiveness.
Logic Model for Marijuana
Empower self-identified adolescent marijuana users with knowledge and skills to support reducing their use.
Logic Model for Alcohol
Lesson plans and suggested techniques for information dissemination, group activities, role-plays and discussion points.
Drug Free Community Action Plan
Engage community members in collaborations by marketing the mission, vision, and successes.
Big Village Coalition Action Plan
Support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use and misuse among youth.
Keep it Safe Program
In April 2021, Big Village PDX introduced its newest program, Keep it Safe, dedicated to educating community members on securing items such as alcohol, marijuana, and prescriptions drugs.
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
If you have any questions regarding alcohol and other drugs, Big Village’s activities in the community, or the programs and resources available, please feel free reach out to me by filling out the form on the left. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.