Our Story

Lakewood's C.H.O.I.C.E. began in 2013 with a vision to see drug prevention become a priority in Lakewood for our youth.  After listening, learning, & doing a community needs assessment, Springbrook emerged as the best place to make prevention a priority in Lakewood. 

Lakewood's CHOICE is a group of community members, youth serving agencies, school staff, nurses, youth, & caring adults.

We, with the help of our community coalition partners, have accomplished a lot in a short time! 

  • Summer mini-camps that empowered kids in the arts and sports to engage in positive pro-social activities that lead to a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Increased sense of connection to the community through community conversations, a block party & Community Resource Fair, Monthly movies, and community dinners/family nights.  
  • Sustaining & expanding partners in prevention to create opportunities to leverage strengths & have a much wider and deeper influence in achieving our goals and objectives. 
  • A thriving prevention club that empowered 480 high school kids in 2015 to pledge to be drug free, up from 394 in 2014. 
     

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Dianna Sullivan, Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound

Mirella Villagomez, Consejo Counseling & referral services

Holly Shaffer, Clover Park School District

Sally McDaniel, Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare

Michelle Angell, Lakewood Library

Karina Mercado, Clover Park High School Student

Gail Conelly, Lakewood Police Dept. 

Andi Sledge, Pierce County Community Connections

James Leet, Lakewood's CHOICE

Lisa Solon, Lakewood's CHOICE