Our Mission

 

A coalition for teens by teens,

educating and empowering teens to make 

healthy decisions and actions against

alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.

Our History

 

The UthMpact and StandUP Polk Coalitions began in 2005 with a community forum to discuss underage drinking and develop strategies needed to reduce the growing rates of drinking and  binge drinking. In 2006, the members of the two coalitions met to work through a strategic planning framework and develop mission statements, bylaws, and membership recruitment strategies. 

Currently, the Coalition is extremely strong with hundreds of adult participants and well over 100 students who partner on projects such as Social Norms and Social Marketing Campaigns, awareness raising, membership recruitment, and many others year round.

 

Successful Coalition efforts include:

 

  • UthMpact Facts Social Norms Campaign educates about tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs

  • UthMpact Social Marketing Campaigns educate about bullying and distracted driving

 

  • Permanent drop sites in the county for safe and proper prescription drug disposal 

 

  • Project Prom: an annual formal wear collection and distribution event that educates youth and parents against risky behaviors around prom and graduation time

 

  • Drug take back days that have collected an average of 1,500 pounds of pills per year.

 

  • The leadership program educates youth about their community                                                                                

  • The Exec. Board is trained youth who run their own coalition, committees and events through the year.

 

  • Multiple training opportunities for the public, coalition leadership, and staff

 

  • Own the Upside – a Social Norms Marketing Campaign and educational program for parents regarding substance abuse issues and prevention strategies

 

  • An Annual Drug Summit was launched in 2009, now known as the Annual Prevention Summit which encompassess all prevention

 

  • Over 1,000 hours of service to the community promoting healthy lifestyles each year.

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