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Free 'Family Game Night' slated for Feb. 25

If you're a Yakima County youth and you're ready to take on the world, or at least your community, trek to the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church Thursday, Feb. 25, between 5 and 8 p.m.

That's when the Yakima Valley Youth and Family Coalition is hosting a Family Game Night in an attempt to identify youth leaders and their families from communities like Grandview, Sunnyside, Outlook and, well, all communities in the county.

"We would love for people to come and see what's up about what we want to accomplish," said Youth Engagement Specialist Tiffany Sanders. "It's a community-wide opportunity to be healthy and celebrate mental wellness."

Sanders said her position has sprung out of a mental health grant aimed at building healthy relationships between youths and their families, and breaking the stigma around substance abuse and mental health.

Chief among Sanders' priorities is engaging youth and their families in dialogue with each other about subjects that can often be difficult to broach, let alone converse about.

Next Thursday night's free event will feature a survey, as well as free games to take home and share with friends and family. Also included in the festivities will be free Starbucks and Wal-Mart gift cards for those who participate in the survey.

Sanders wants youth and families, as well as adult volunteers, to come to the meeting armed and loaded with enthusiasm, creativity and ideas.

Sanders said community members can expect free events like this every three months in the Lower Yakima Valley. She is also coordinating events in the Middle and Upper Valley, too. Those who miss events in one area can attend one in another area the following month.

For more information, contact Sanders at Tiffany.Sanders@co.yakima.wa.us or call 509-574-2973.

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