Creating a Safer, Unified Drug-free Greater Buckeye Valley
WELCOME – WoW is a grass roots, community-based coalition presenting a parent-targeted message with a special focus on reducing substance use such as marijuana, prescription drugs, and underage drinking in Buckeye among youth grades 8-12th.
WoW represents different community sectors in the town of Buckeye including Behavioral Health, Business, Citizens, Civic, Education, Faith-based Organizations, Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Parents, Youth, and Youth Serving Organizations. Coalition membership is open to any interested individual.
Together the Coalition is committed to preventing alcohol, prescription drug misuse and abuse, marijuana, tobacco and other drug use in Buckeye, Arizona.
WoW Mission: The Way Out West Coalition is a collaborative, cross cultural, comprehensive prevention association that promotes safe and healthy choices and responds to problems caused by alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
WoW Vision: To give every kid in Buckeye the opportunity to live a drug-free life!
WoW Purpose: The Way Out West Coalition seeks to increase awareness about the problem of underage substance abuse in the town of Buckeye (access and low perception of risk) and to educate community members about the Way Out West Coalition’s efforts in the greater Buckeye Valley.
HISTORY – In 2007, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Affiliate (now DrugFreeAZ.org) was invited to provide prevention services and begin to lay a foundation for a new coalition. In November of 2008, The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Affiliate (PDFA) and Youth Evaluation and Treatment Centers (YETC), providers of prevention services applied for and received grant monies to form the “Way Out West Coalition (WoW).” The first coalition meeting was held in January of 2009 and WoW Began to work toward implementation of environmental prevention strategies to reduce underage drinking in the in the town of Buckeye. A needs assessment was conducted in 2008-2009 and alcohol use was selected as the priority issue for prevention. As of July of 2012, DrugFreeAZ.org exclusively led all WoW Coalition activites and began Sustainability planning as we near the end of State grant monies in September of 2013 (Possible renewal is a possibility and yet to be determined).