Commission on Children and Youth

 News & Events

Let Your Voice Be Heard

The Kitsap County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions would like to invite you to share your views & concerns regarding substance abuse among youth in our communities.

This 3-5-minute survey will guide our work in developing effective youth substance abuse prevention programs. Thank you for helping us deliver programs that work for Kitsap County!

If you live in, work in, or have children attending school in the School District areas listed below please click the survey link and complete the survey.


North Kitsap

South Kitsap

To learn more about our services or the coalitions click here.

Save the date for the Kitsap County Youth Forum!

From substance use to climate change, from mental health to homelessness, from community safety to racial equity, youth voices can make a difference.

The Kitsap County Commission on Children & Youth and Kitsap Public Health District are co-hosting a forum so youth have a platform to freely talk about these ideas with the people making and passing policies in Kitsap County. Please join us 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 20 at the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard. All ages are welcome! The forum is free and open to the public.

Registration for the Kitsap Youth Forum is now open! Click here to register.

Youth training sessions

In addition to registering for the day of the Forum, we are offering two virtual training sessions for youth to help them learn how to talk to elected officials and have their voice be heard. If you're between the ages of 12 and 20 and want to participate in the forum, please register for one of the training sessions below:

Tuesday, September 27th from 4:30-6pm (Register Here)

Wednesday, October 5th from 4:30-6pm (Register Here)

Questions about the event? Contact

 About Us

Funding Sources

In 1992, as a step towards improving state services for children, Washington State lawmakers officially established the Family Policy Council, charged with making social programs and policies more responsive to the needs of families. Community Public Policy Health and Safety Networks were established by the Legislature in 1994 - using Family Policy Principles - as a way to give communities a larger role by tackling their own social problems. The Commission on Children and Youth became the local Community Public Health and Safety Network for Kitsap County in August of 2000: The Youth Commission supports activities that increase the capacity for the community to build developmental assets among youth.

The four problem areas that the Youth Commission has targeted include:

Dropping out of School
Youth Substance Abuse
Youth Violence
Child Abuse and Neglect

Our Programs & Resources

Kitsap Cares About Kids

Parents Guide to Prevent Underage Marijuana Use

Discovering What Kids Need to Succeed

Teen Action Groups

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Tobacco Use and Youth

Report an alcohol, tobacco or marijuana violation with the WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board

Tobacco and Vapor Product laws

Substance Abuse & Prevention

​Contact Us

Laura Hyde, Program Coordinator
(360) 337-4879 or

Sonya Miles, Deputy Director
Human Services

Doug Washburn, Director
Human Services

Lakesha Anderson-Evans,  
Human Services
360-337-7185, x3530 

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