Our mission is Working Together to prevent substance use by our youth through community collaboration, resulting in an improved quality of life. In turn, we would like to raise public awareness of the risks and consequences of the use of substances as well as things that the community can do to help our young people make healthy decisions. By making changes to the environment, we envision having a safe and healthy community, free of the impact of substance abuse and its negative effects.
The Working Together Coalition uses Search Institute’s, 40 Developmental Assets as a framework to our work. The Assets are building blocks of healthy development that help our youth grow up healthy, caring and responsible. The more Developmental Assets young people have, the less likely they are to be involved in risk-taking behaviors such as using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Our Coalition believes that:
- All young people need assets
- Relationships are key
- Everyone can build assets
- Building assets is an on-going process
- Youth need clear and consistent messages
- Duplication and repetition of messages is important
Each year 6th-12th grade students in the school districts of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, Pine River-Backus and the Northland Community take a survey called Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors which is a survey from Search Institute. The results of the survey are reviewed yearly to guide the work of the Coalition and to see what we, as a community, can do to help them thrive! The Coalition will be using this data to identify strategies that will help our youth reduce risky behavior and increase protective factors in their lives. For a presentation or more information please contact us.