What Is The Garden Grove Youth Council?

The Garden Grove Youth Council (GGYC) is a teen leadership program supported by the Garden Grove Drug-Free Coalition and the Orange County Friday Night Live Partnership to reduce youth alcohol and drug use in the city of Garden Grove.

The goal of the GGYC is to engage youth leaders who are committed to taking action to improve the health and safety of their community. Youth on the GGYC represent local youth-serving organizations, including Friday Night Live chapters, community groups and faith-based youth groups.

Youth and adult partners on the GGYC work on issues that contribute to reducing youth alcohol and drug use in Garden Grove. Examples include: conducting prevention projects with local alcohol retailers, hosting town hall meetings and trainings to educate the community, using social media to promote Garden Grove’s social host ordinance, and supporting Prescription Drug Take-Back Days.

Youth accepted to the GGYC serve one term (November-June) and have the opportunity to re-apply. Youth attend monthly meetings twice a month and conduct activities throughout the term (including evenings and weekends).

Support and Program Structure

Training and support is provided by Waymakers - Project PATH (http://www.waymakersoc.org/) and the Orange County Department of Education - Orange County Friday Night Live Partnership (www.ocde.us/ocfnlp).

The GGYC is funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team.