The California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP) was developed in 1984 in Sacramento by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP), now the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). It began as a pilot program dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. During the first years of the program the youth involved were organized into high school-based student action groups, later renamed FNL C.
The success rate was so great that in 1988, ADP established a statewide office to facilitate the expansion of the program to youth throughout California. By 1990, the number of counties with the FNL Program had increased 300% and the main focus of the program began to shift from one of preventing drinking and driving among teens to one of promoting healthy lifestyles free of alcohol, tobacco, or other substance abuse among youth.
The CFNLP office and staff are housed in the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) in Visalia. Led by Administrator Dr. Jim Kooler, the Partnership is “committed to the belief that a youth development framework, which is inclusive, comprehensive, youth-driven, and founded on current research, will improve the lives of young people and the communities in which they live.”
Photo (left) - Dr. Jim Kooler, administrator of California FNL Partnership California Center for Youth Development & Health Promotion, gave the “State of the State Address” at the 2016 Friday Night Live Leadership Institute.
Photo (top right) - Kellie Goodwin, leader of California Youth Council and Program Analyst for FNL, engaged the crowd of over 200 FNL representatives from across the state of California (50 out of 58 counties were represented).
Photo (bottom right) - Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson presented a Joint Resolution recognizing April as FNL Month to Dr. Jim Kooler on behalf of Senator Jean Fuller, Assemblymember Rudy Salas and Andy.