Our Initiatives

Youth Leadership Conference

July 1-3, 2013 – Contact us for registration and brochure.

Annual leadership training for 7th-12th grades that is 2 1/2 days long.  Occurs at Bethel Horizons, Dodgeville, which includes low and high ropes course.  They learn leadership skills, decision-making skills media tactics, issues surrounding youth, and how to take action in their schools and communities. One major component of the conference is an action planning session where the youth determine the issue they want to focus on in their school and then decide how they are going to address it. The youth meet regularly within their schools and then periodically as a whole county group.



Strengthening Families

This program is designed for parents/caregivers and youth ages 10-14 to help families grow together. This program helps parents build on their strengths in showing love and setting limits. It also assists youth develop skills in handling peer pressure and building a positive future. Strengthening Families is brought to you by the Grant County UW-Extension and SAFE Grant County.

Please contact S.A.F.E Grant County Coalition if you are interested in participating in this program.

Prescription Drug Round Ups

A drop off point for people to bring their expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal at a licensed drug-disposal facility.  We have collected approximate 650 pounds of prescription drugs since 2008.  Often we do this at Elder Fest and such events.  The purpose is to keep the drugs from youth who sell the pills or use them to get high and to preserve the environment.  If you have drugs to be disposed of, please contact us!

Southwest Alliance for Tobacco Prevention

Find out about the Southwest Alliance for Tobacco Prevention (formerly the Tobacco-Free Coalition) by contacting Carol Thole at  608-778-7398.

SUDN Project (Stop Underage Drinking Now) —Expired 9-29-2012.

Effective Strategies has now been folded into the Drug Free Communities grant.

School Programs

See Youth Council

Community Education

Public Awareness (Social Norms) Campaigns

These are messages that we have in the media and in use in public broadcast to help shed some myths about alcohol.  These are the slogans which explain themselves:

  • “Parents Who Host Lose the Most”
  • “Start Talking Before they Start Drinking”
  • “Underage Drinking Consequences”
  • “Not Everyone Drinks”

Safety Initiatives

Read about our safety initiatives in the description of the Safe Actions committee.

Fresh Start Program

Read about our Fresh Start Program.

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