COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network, a long-running and well-known professional youth prevention and treatment networking organization, has awarded Dr. Dallas Stout of DoctorS Nonprofit Consulting and of the Acacia Park Ward, Fullerton California Stake, the 6th annual Linda Kearns Community Prevention Award at its 31st annual Showcase of Community Prevention Efforts on Sept. 22.
In bestowing the award, Linda Kearns said, "I first met Dallas Stout over 19 years ago when he was an intern for Straight Talk Counseling Clinic in Cypress as part of his undergraduate work. From that time on, Dallas began to volunteer his time working with several of our county coalitions, and it was evident to me that he was a dedicated and committed member. Dallas has served on the Executive Committee of OCSAPN for about 18 years in a variety of positions, including as our chair for several years. He represents us well across the county, including in radio and television interviews."
Stout was around at the start of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County in 1996. He has been involved with the VPCOC since then and has served as co-chairman with his wife, Dr. Debra Stout, from 2002-10. In that position, he has been a strong advocate in bringing issues about violence to the forefront by arranging speakers and panels and supporting legislation that helps to lessen violence in the community.
He attends forums and town hall meetings sponsored by legislators who want to know what is really happening in the county, represents the VPCOC at local and national conferences and meets with local experts in the area of gang prevention and youth development to determine the best way to go in making Orange County a safer place for children and families.
In 2010, Stout was elected president of the California chapters of the Brady Campaign to Reduce Gun Violence.
Kearns said Stout has his students from Cal State Fullerton, where he is on the faculty in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies, as well as counseling, "come to our monthly meetings to see how a real community coalition works and to learn about the resources we have in OC. He believes in the power of community coalitions and has assisted several groups in looking for grant opportunities that would increase their visibility and strengthen the advocacy they do for those needing help."
She added, "Personally speaking, there are few people out there whom I know who have as strong of a moral compass as this young man. He is always true to his word, honors every commitment he makes, shows up and speaks up consistently and isn't afraid to be 'unpopular' by bringing up issues or concerns that need to be addressed in the groups he has worked with.
"Dallas 'walks his talk' in his personal life by being a leader and a mentor outside of his work for the youth in his community and his church. He takes them on camping trips, retreats and other outings on weekends and holidays," Kearns said.
"I am both surprised and honored," Stout said upon accepting the award, "to receive this wonderful acknowledgment, thank you."
The award was established in 2006 to honor Kearns' more than 30 years of work in the field of youth alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence, AIDS and pregnancy prevention as well as positive youth development approaches.
The purpose of the Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network, founded in 1980, is to promote and enhance the quality, quantity, coordination and cooperation of positive youth development programs and prevention services in Orange County.