The Generating & Growing Active Partnerships (GGAPP) acts to identify, coordinate and implement strategies that promote the reduction of substance abuse among youth by building a safe and healthy community for the residents and families of East Multnomah County, Oregon.
We are a group of diverse leaders and organizations committed to integrating and aligning our resources to make our community safer and healthier. We have established a coalition that is dedicated to engaging our entire community in this endeavor. By moving in this direction, we work smart, spend smart and strive to reduce our tax burden as we focus on preventing such costly problems as drug abuse, violence, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, crime and school drop outs. Our prevention efforts are results focused, identifying and implementing proven, cost effective programs, policies and activities. The bottom line is that the work of our coalition is a common sense, smart spending, sound investment in the future of our youth and community.
Patrick G. Aaby, Ed.D Semi-Retired Prevention Specialist
The equipment is available to any community organization. Rates for rental have been developed to encourage student groups to utilize the services for fundraising and student events. For more information download the Equipment Rental Program Flyer.
Parents of Addicted Children Together [PACT] will hold their fourth Tuesday, monthly meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., September 25th at the First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd in Gresham. The group is FREE and open to parents and grandparents. No pre-registration is required. To meet increased demand groups will begin meeting the second and fourth Tuesdays during the months of October and November. The primary focus of this group is to provide support to parents who have children (of any age) struggling with addiction. PACT also welcomes parents who have children successfully recovering from addiction. Hosted by Gary Swoboda, author of Hungry Tigers: A Candid Account of Addiction and Recovery, www.garyswoboda.com, the groups will focus on sharing information, offering resources and providing support from parent to parent.
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The Generating & Growing Active Partnerships (GGAPP) hosted the sixth annual community recognition event and workshop Navigating an Epidemic - Mapping Solutions on Thursday December 8th, 2011 at the National Guard Armory, 544 NE Division, in Gresham.
This event brought together community members and leaders to discuss prevention strategies to combat youth substance abuse and encourage community participation in these efforts. GGAPP's event also provided an opportunity to recognize community members who have led these efforts.
Award winners included:
Chief Ken Johnson Fairview Police
Derrick Garrison, Principal McCarty Middle School
Shaeya Manzi, PAL Youth Center
Aurora Ayon, Padres in Action (pictured with Glenna Hayes GGAPP Co-Chair)
Keven Barrera, Gresham High School - GGAPP Youth Team (Pictured with Chief Scott Anderson GGAPP co-chair)
At GGAPP's event Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson updated guests on efforts to combat substance abuse and implement prevention strategies at the state level. "There is no funding for drug and alcohol prevention at the state level", recounted Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, "and our teens have very easy access to drugs and alcohol, which just ends up costing money in services for treatment, for juvenile detention and gang intervention. The irony of small government and less services is that it gives us all such a great opportunity to roll up our sleeves and get involved."
Christina McMahan, Director Multnomah County Juvenile Services, spoke eloquently about teens she has spent her career working with. Providing enlightening statistics and heart warming antidotes, Ms. McMahan is a champion of the Youth Court model and supporter of restorative justice approaches for teens. She encouraged audience members to get involved, to be that person who is a proud of a teen!
Andrew Robinson, who for more than a decade, has been designing, developing, implementing, and testing innovative approaches for work with teens facilitated the workshop. His guided questions engaged participants in ways that illustrated why adults need to be involved in order to achieve the most effective and lasting reduction of substance use. Participants discovered the shared actions and specific strategies that will make a difference in prevention at the community level. Andrew is also a writer and has published, The Teen Age: 40 Reflections on relating with teens and an e-book called, Own It: How a single sheet of paper can transform how you engage people.
There isn't a child in America who won't be faced with the decision of whether or not to try drugs. The average age teens begin using alcohol is thirteen, and the average age they first try marijuana is fourteen. For nicotine, the average starting age is twelve. Why, because, in America, they are readily available. Click here to read more and to find out how parents can be effective in helping to prevent the use of drugs or alcohol among their teens.
This page provides information about local programs ranging from childcare and after-school programs to crime prevention and reporting to drug and alcohol recovery resources. If you know of a program or organization that should be added to this list please contact us.
Students enjoyed a day filled with learning and activities!
The Generating & Growing Active Partnerships [GGAPP] hosted annual coalition awards luncheon on Friday January 7th at the St Henry's Parish Hall in Gresham. Over 50 community members attended to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing substance abuse among youth. We were honored to welcome Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, who served as a guest speaker for the event. Please click here to read her speech.
Award Recipients included:
The Outlook Community Newspaper, recognized for their contributions to the GGAPP coalition through the publication of an annual insert on drugs and alcohol that educates the community about the true economic and personal costs of substance abuse.
Gresham Police Officer John Rasmussen, School Resource Officer at Barlow High School, recognized for his work on the support for and work with the Four Cities Peer Court, a youth diversion program operating under the direction of the Multnomah County Juvenile in partnership with the Fairview, Troutdale and Gresham Police Departments, local service providers and area youth.
Metropolitan Family Service SUN Schools Manager Brooke Tuveson, recognized for her continued dedication to students and families through the implementation of the Back to School Fair and her work developing successful out of school time programs in Reynolds, Centennial and Gresham districts.
On November 5th, 2010, Attorney General John Kroger joined Bruce Goldberg, Director of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson and many others. The Attorney General and other panel members presented information about efforts to develop a more cohesive statewide drug and alcohol treatment prevention and recovery system. Presentations were also made about GGAPP's Four Cities Peer Court, an example of how a community based program can intervene with teens to prevent future problems with substance abuse and other risky behaviors that get them involved in our criminal justice system. Over 200 East County residents attended this event.
Pictured: Left Photo: Brenda Allen of Multnomah County DA, John Kroger, Oregon State Attorney General, Oregon State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, Lane Borg, Metro Public Defenders, Rudy Williams, Deputy Director, Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Bruce Goldberg, Director, Oregon Health Authority, John King, Oregon State A&D Policy Commission member, Ricardo Gonzales student Gresham High School, Professor Dennis McCarty, OHSU Dept. of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Click the image to enlarge it.
Pictured: Middle Photo: Bob Shoemaker, Peer Court Judge. Click the image to enlarge it.
Pictured: Right Photo: Ricardo Gonzalez, Peer Court Attorney. Click the image to enlarge it.