Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life in Isla Vista and surrounding communities through education, collaboration, and programs that reduce high-risk substance use factors and increase resilience in children, young adults, and families.

IVCHC805 is a coalition of individuals and organizations passionate about promoting the wellbeing of Isla Vista and Goleta youth through substance use prevention.

Community Collaboration

IVCHC80 is funded through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program and is structured to represent at least each of the 12 following sectors within the community:

1. Youth
2. Parents
3. Substance Use Professionals
4. Schools
5. Local/State/Tribal Government
6. Civic/Volunteer Organizations
7. Healthcare Professionals
8. Youth-Serving Organizations
9. Businesses
10. Law Enforcement
11. Religious/Fraternal Organizations
12. Media

Get Involved

Attend a IVCHC805 meeting

Who: Any organizations, agencies, and individuals concerned with youth substance use in Isla Vista and Goleta.
When: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Where: Zoom

Join the Isla Vista Teen Leaders

Who: 7-12 Grade Youth
When: Every other Tuesday, 4:30pm-6pm
Where: St. George Youth Center

For more information or to join the coalition, please contact:

✉ Demi Cain
DFC Project Coordinator
☏ (805) 685-9170

Drug-Free Communities Support Program

The DFC Support Program, administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, was created in 1997 by the Drug-Free Communities Act and is currently managed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The DFC program maintains two goals:
1: Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.
2: Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
DFC-funded coalitions implement SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework to guide work in a way that is culturally-competent and sustainable for the future.

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Our Role in the Community

The Isla Vista Coalition for Healthy Communities 805 (IVCHC805) evolved from a long-standing work group that existed intermittently in Isla Vista for over 20 years. The work group and subsequent coalition laid the foundation for collaboration between the Isla Vista community, UC Santa Barbara, and local health professionals to address issues relating to substance abuse, particularly by youth and young adults. IVCHC805, formerly known as the Isla Vista Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition, received the Drug Free Communities grant in December of 2019 with oversight from the Channel Islands YMCA. Despite setbacks from the COVID-19 epidemic, DFC funding has revitalized the coalition so that it is equipped to strengthen substance use prevention efforts for Isla Vista and Goleta youth.

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Isla Vista Teen Leaders

The Isla Vista Teen Leaders, a leadership group based out of the St. George Youth Center, empowers youth to make informed, healthy decisions for themselves and create meaningful impact in their community. Participating youth cultivate leadership skills and practice community engagement through workshops offered by community partners, event planning, meeting with local leaders and officials, and many other activities that foster youth development. IV Teen Leaders also support youth substance use prevention efforts by serving as youth representatives in the Isla Vista Coalition for Healthy Communities 805, a community coalition funded by the Drug-Free Communities Support Program. Isla Vista Teen Leaders is open for 7 - 12 graders who live in Isla Vista or Goleta, and they meet every other Tuesday at St. George Youth Center from 4:30 - 6pm.

St. George Youth Center

IVCHC805 is made up of a growing list of valuable community partners, including:

  • Isla Vista Teen Leaders
  • Santa Barbara County Friday Night Live
  • St. George Youth Center YMCA
  • UC Santa Barbara Health & Wellness
  • UC Santa Barbara Alcohol & Drug Program
  • Isla Vista Community Services District
  • Santa Barbara City College Student Health Services
  • Isla Vista Recreation & Parks District
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • KCSB-FM 91.9
  • Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness
  • UC Santa Barbara Police Department
  • Santa Barbara County Public Health
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
  • Council for Alcohol & Drug Abuse (CADA)
  • CA Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)