A group of individuals from Pella have come together to form a coalition with the objective of increasing awareness of drug and alcohol use among area teens. Tricia Van Zee says the Pella Youth Coalition is a partnership consisting of parents, the Pella Police Department, students and staff from both Pella Community and Pella Christian Schools, and community resource groups. When asked Van Zee said risky behavior choices happen in isolation and in silence, and that in Pella our ‘Dutch fronts’ have a tendency to cause young people to be silent and maintain an image. All concerned residents are invited to the Pella Youth Coalition kick-off event on Wednesday, August 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Vermeer Global Pavilion. Van Zee says the event includes discussions with local EMS personnel and parents, community resource information, and how to proceed in helping curb drug use in the community.