Welcome to TOGETHER!

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging and mobilizing families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth.


We work to increase knowledge and awareness to encourage healthy decision-making.

We promote policies and systems that support positive youth development.

We cultivate youth leadership and collaborate with others to create vibrant communities.

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Post-Legalization: Now What?

Marijuana is legal for those 21 and older since the passage of Initiative 502. Recreational marijuana stores are now open. So what do we need to know to prevent youth marijuana use? Here are a few facts, tips and ideas to start conversations with the kids and teens in your life.

Youth attitudes about marijuana have been changing in recent years. Teens in our county and state are increasingly reporting they don’t think their parents and peers would disapprove if they used marijuana. But teen brains are still developing, and using any drug, including marijuana, can impair brain development.

Staying substance free helps to protect kids and build a positive foundation for their future! How can you help protect kids? Talk to them! There isn’t one ‘right way’ to have the conversation. What’s most important is that you have the conversation. Discuss your expectations, set rules for kids, and enforce consequences.

Start early, and talk often!


Here are some places to start:

  • Marijuana is still illegal for those under the age of 21. Most teens in Thurston County choose not to use marijuana.
  • Regular marijuana use and school don’t mix. Marijuana affects memory and learning, and teens who use marijuana are more than twice as likely to get lower grades in school (Cs, Ds or Fs) compared with those who don’t use it.
  • Using marijuana to feel better or cope with emotions can interfere with healthy coping strategies.



Besides talking, the best thing you can do is stay informed.

To get tips on how to talk to your kids about marijuana, alcohol and other drugs, check out drugfree.org.

For more information about marijuana, visit www.learnaboutmarijuanawa.org.


Keep it out of their hands.

The best way we can protect kids is to keep marijuana out of their hands. This means:

Secure your stash, including edibles.

Don't use marijuana with them or in front of them.

Don't give kids marijuana.

Talk to your kids about your expectations. Remember, young people's brains are still developing (through the age of 25) and marijuana can affect this development.


Tacoma Rainiers: A Great Night at the Park


Thank you to everyone who came to the Tacoma Rainiers game with us on July 25. We had a blast and we hope you did too!


Click here for the picture album.


Here's a video of Dylan throwing out the first pitch. Dylan is a volunteer at TOGETHER! and will be a senior at Black Hills High School this year.



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Click the yellow cover on the left for English, or the blue cover on the right for Spanish:


English-language Parent Resource Guide  Spanish-language Parent Resource Guide


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