TOGETHER! advances the health and wellbeing of our youth.
Our VisionAll young people are supported, healthy,
All people deserve social, health and educational equity.
We mobilize families, schools and the community to solve community problems.
We lead and support change across sectors to serve the needs of the whole child.
TOGETHER! has been igniting change across the South Sound and beyon since 1989 with health promotion, youth development and prevention initiatives.
In May 1989, community leaders in Thurston County met with social development researchers from the University of Washington to discuss the growing presence of substance abuse problems in our neighborhoods and schools. They embraced the "Communities That Care" research-based model for developing a comprehensive, communitywide plan to combat the problem. This meeting gave birth to TOGETHER!
Over the succeeding twelve months, TOGETHER! grew from a vision to a grass-roots campaign to mobilize the communities of Thurston County into a coordinated effort to prevent youth violence and youth alcohol, drug and tobacco use. Fifty-six key community leaders collaborated in program development, all dedicated to the vision of safe and drug-free communities for our youth.
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TOGETHER! incorporated and was granted Washington State non-profit corporation status in September 1989, and IRS 501(c)(3) determination in June 1990. Grants and service contracts that have funded programs, operations and evaluation have included awards from federal, state and county agencies; local jurisdictions; and private foundations, and support from local businesses and interested individuals.
TOGETHER!'s community-mobilizing, coalition-building and prevention programming efforts have been recognized over the years by a variety of organizations, including Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Governor's Council on Substance Abuse, U.S. Department of Justice/FBI, Community Youth Services and the Thurston County Board of Health.
Our agency was honored in 2015 as the YWCA of Olympia's Business of Achievement. We were also recognized by the Lacey South Sound Chamber as their 2015 Workplace Excellence award recipient. Deputy Director Meagan Darrow was named one of three 2015 Bosses of they Year by Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.