ISC Activities

I. Family Resource Centers (FRC):

Mission: The purpose of the FRC is to meet the health, mental health, social service, and academic support needs of students, families and the community through prevention, early intervention, assessment, referrals and supportive services

For a more detailed summary of FRC services click here.

School District Affiliation Site
Brawley FRC Brawley Union High School District Coordinator: Rita Zuno Duarte Brawley High School 760-312-6095
Calexico FRC Calexico Unified School District Coordinator: Hortencia Armendariz Mains Elementary School 760-768-3905
El Centro FRC Central Union High School District Coordinators: Anabelle Alvarez Central Union High School 760-336-4540
FACT FRC El Centro Elementary School District Coordinator: Veronica Guerrero McKinley Elementary School 760-337-5097
Niland FRC Calipatria Unified School District Coordinator: Maria Murga Grace Smith Elementary School 760-358-3096
San Pasqual FRC San Pasqual Valley Unified School District Coordinator: Alicia Ruvalcaba School Site 760-572-0222 x2607
Seeley FRC Seeley Union Elementary District Coordinator: Irma Mercado School Site 760-352-6860

II. Drug Free Communities

Connection: ISC and LCC are the sponsoring coalition for this grant

Funded by:
Currently by US Department of Health and Human Services
Initially by US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention

First funded for October 2001, (currently in year nine of ten years possible)


  1. Reduce substance abuse through Friday Night Life (FNL), Club Live and Kids Live programs at high schools, middle schools and elementary schools; prevention education schools to promote healthy drug-free life-styles; and a sustainable system of measurement for core measures and local drug related activities.
  2. Increase awareness of risk and harm of local drug abuse and drug availability through: a local media campaign; convening the Annual Interagency Youth Conference for youth and agencies serving youth; and convening community forums to identify family enrichment, youth enrichment opportunities, and community involvement opportunities.
  3. Increase collaboration through increased Coalition linkages with state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Accomplishments: There have been significant accomplishments under the auspices of the Interagency Steering Committee (ISC) of Imperial County with support from the Drug Free Communities Grant. The accomplishments are highlighted below.

  1. Five Year Youth Action Plan: The Local Coordinating Committee (LCC) and the Interagency Steering Committee (ISC), the DFC Coalition for Imperial County, undertook an extensive assessment of the needs of youth and their families utilizing the Communities that Care (CTC) Model. The work began in March of 2002. The result of this effort culminated in the Drug Free Communities Youth Action Plan entitled: “Youth: Our Promise of the Future, The Interagency Steering Committee of Imperial County's Five Year Youth Action Plan” in October of 2003 and updated in April of 2006.
  2. Community Workshops and Forums Workshops were conducted with the CTC Committee, LCC and ISC as preliminary part of the CTC countywide assessment process. In addition, 11 community forums were been conducted to solicit input from youth and adults about the most serious risks factors faced by youth and strategies were developed to increase protective factors. The process and result are described in the Five-Year Youth Action Plan mentioned in the previous paragraph
  3. Friday Night Live (FNL) Prevention Education and Leadership Camps. The FNL and Club Live (CL) chapters are coordinated by the Program Specialist assigned to FNL and funded by the DFC grant. The FNL Prevention Specialist recruited School Site Advisors for seven middle schools and five high schools. This was an extremely challenging task. At the end of the last school year, there were only a few active clubs with no more than 30 youth participating. This year there are 174 middle school-age youth and 58 high school age youth participating in the 12 clubs.
  4. FNL Training of Trainers-Leadership Camps Two camps have been held annually serving from 80 to 129 participants. In addition to ATOD education, team building, presentation skills, leadership training, some of the youth in the second camp participated in a press release workshop provided by a local reporter. After camp, the participants make presentations about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs to their classmates and community.
  5. Interagency Conference: COMING SOON! The 14th Annual Interagency Conference Event Planning is under way! Look for details on a new and improved conference to come in the SPRING of 2011!!!
    13th Annual Interagency Conference: December 10, 2009
    13th Annual Interagency Conference Eval Report
    The evaluators report for the last conference is available for your information:
    12th Annual Interagency Conference Eval Report
  6. The 2007 Strategic Plan was completed and includes updates to the ISC vision and mission as well as the addition of five common goals or priorities set by the members. See the full 2007-2010 ISC Strategic Plan.
    *********** Updates to Strategic Plan coming soon!! *******
    The priorities have been set as the following:
    1. Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
    2. Gang Activity and Involvement
    3. Career Technical Education and Higher Education
    4. Advocacy for Abused Children
    5. Prevention and Intervention Support to Schools
  7. Social Host Ordinance-A Social Host Ordinance is needed to address the problem of underage drinking facilitated by adults. Recent events underage drinking incidents in the valley have helped emphasize the problem.
    The Social Host Ordinance was initiated by the Interagency Steering Committee (ISC) as the result of community assessment completed for the Drug Free Communities Grant funded through the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This ordinance has been in development for the last year.
    Our work on this ordinance has included a great deal of local review and rewriting. We solicited community input with a survey at the 2005 Fair with 343 local adults participating. They were asked if they supported the concept of a social host ordinance - 69% did, 11% did not, and the balance were uncertain. The ordinance has been reviewed and refined by the District Attorney’s Office, the County Counsel’s Office, the Local Law Enforcement Coordination Center Committee, Superintendents of Schools, the Interagency Steering Committee and the Local Coordinating Committee.
    The Social Host Ordinance has been adopted by the City of Imperial. the ordinance is going through City Council review in Calipatria, Calexico, and Holtville. The second readings and final adoptions are scheduled to be completed in all three cities by May 28, 2007. The ordinances will then become effective in 30 days. Staff reviews of the ordinance are underway in El Centro. For more details on the ordinance and this important effort, please go to /ISC/Underage+Drinking.html.
  8. STOP: Sober Truth On Preventing underage drinking

STOP Presentation