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To improve and enhance the health, safety, and quality of life for our children and community by reducing substance use and abuse.
22 DAYTON AVE. S.W.
WADENA, MN 56482
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THIS IS WHO WE ARE
CHAMP is a non-partisan coalition of leaders from every sector of the community committed to reducing substance use and abuse and the problems it creates in our county. Special attention is given to the prevention of underage alcohol use. The coalition provides strategic direction and broad-based community support for the countywide implementation of evidence-based, environmental prevention in Wadena County.
The coalition has established strong collaborative relationships between schools, city and county governments and community-based organizations. Collaboration has fostered the sharing of resources, information dissemination, established programs to prevent substance use and successful implementation of substance use prevention curriculum in all public schools in Wadena County. Collectively our efforts are helping prevent substance use and abuse.
As a community coalition, our mission is to improve and enhance the health, safety, and quality of life for our children and community by reducing substance use and abuse. The Chemical Health Awareness and Multi-Drug Awareness (CHAMP) Coalition is an organization dedicated to decreasing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth in Wadena County. CHAMP members include representatives from local government, schools, social agencies, faith-based organizations, parents, the community at large and students.
1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.
2. Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
Most of Us®
MOST of Us is a campaign that highlights the difference between reality and perception about teen drinking launched throughout Wadena county in Fall 2008. The research based-campaign is funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Most kids overestimate the extent to which their peers are using alcohol. Once they know the facts that their peers aren't all using alcohol they cut their alcohol use because they want to be like the biggest share of the crowd.
Above the Influence. It’s a state of mind. It’s about being yourself and not letting negative influences get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes agains who you are in order to fit in – that’s negative influence. And if you’re one of the teens who want to stay above it, check out Above the Influence!
Information, fact sheets, games and much more!
Parents are very important to helping teens live drug and alcohol free. Below are several links to helpful and educational information that can be used as resources in your discussions with your child, friends or family members. Help your teen avoid risky behaviors.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a nonprofit organization that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children.
http://www.drugabuse.gov/family-checkup Family Checkup uses videos and other information to highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth: communication, encouragement, negotiation, setting limits, and supervision.
Between the ages of 9 and 13, children start to view alcohol more positively and begin to think underage drinking is OK. Some even start to experiment. It is never too early to talk to your children about alcohol. Check out Talk. They Heaer you to get information about how to start the conversation about alcohol before their children are teenages.
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The following partners assist CHAMP in its goal of alcohol-free and drug-free youth in Wadena County.
Freshwater Education District
Menahga Police Department
Menahga Public School
Sebeka Public School
Verndale Police Department
Verndale Public School
Todd-Wadena Community Corrections
Wadena County Attorney Office
Wadena County Public Health
Wadena County Family Services Collaborative
Wadena County Sheriff Office
Wadena County Social Services
Wadena Ministerial Association
Wadena Police Department
Wadena County Youth
...and many other parents and community members who give their time and talent.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Anyone can become a partner, sponsor, or volunteer who has an interest in supporting local efforts with CHAMP to make their community safe, healthy, and drug-free for youth. Partners include parents, teachers, young people, law enforcement officials, health and social service agency providers, the faith community, business and civic leaders, elected officials, and concerned citizens.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Becoming a partner is easy. Contact the Coalition Coordinator at (218) 631-7629 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you promptly to discuss how you can join our efforts and take an active role with CHAMP.