What is a Coalition?
The Healthy Youth CAN Coalition is a volunteer advisory coalition that works toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. Represented by community “sectors”, each member brings a unique perspective of the group of they represent and are able to use their respective sphere of expertise and influence to advance HYCAN’s mission.
Sector reps meet monthly at HYCAN Coalition Meetings on the third Tuesday (with the exception of July & December).
Central Seattle Community Sectors:
Representing the Business Sector, Coalition member, Keanna Pickett and her husband, D’Vonne are owners of the family business The Postman, a one-stop shop for mail & business needs. Representing five Central District generations. Ancestor Jacques Chappell Jacque worked for the United States Postal Service as a Mail Carrier in Seattle’s Central District for 37 years from 1950-1987.
Lieutenant paul leung
Law enforcement sector
Operations Lieutenant Paul Leung of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, represents the Law Enforcement sector of the Coalition. In his 35 years with the Seattle Police Department, he has served the Central Seattle community for over 11 years, where he worked as a patrol officer, patrol sergeant, gang detective, gang detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant and now operations lieutenant. Lt Leung is very committed to HYCAN’s mission as well as the Central Seattle Community.
Along with Interim Coalition Chair Joanna Cullen, Denise Harnley represents the Civic/Volunteer Sector of the Coalition. A member of the Leschi Community Council and board member of Seattle Neighborhood Group, Denise was the founder of and wrote the original grant that funded the Drug-Free Communities program that became Healthy Youth CAN. She has been a resident of Central Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood for over 30 years.
Types of sector rep groups can also include:
Parent + Religious/Fraternal Organizations + State/Local/Tribal Governments Youth + Healthcare+ Professional + Media + School Religious/Fraternal Organizations + Other Substance Abuse Organizations
Role of the Coalition Members
The role of the coalition members is to support the program’s strategic plan, including:
Attending monthly meetings to share updates and ideas
Setting goals, objectives, and strategies
Develop and update the Annual Strategic Plan
Participating in Network Workgroups, collaborating with Coordinator to:
Plan the implementation of direct services, environmental strategies, and media campaigns
Conduct “Needs and Resource” Assessments
Evaluate both quantitative and qualitative data to inform program strategies and, activities
Determine youth prevention and school discipline policy changes
Help to organize and participate in an annual Key Leader Event
Participate in the annual Coalition Assessment Tool (CAT) survey