Coalition Initiatives

The Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families joins Chippewa Valley Schools, parents, and community in a partnership to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse and its negative consequences and to prevent youth suicide.

Coalition Committees and Groups

  • Youth Alcohol Use Prevention Committee
  • Youth Marijuana Prevention Committee
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Committee
  • Youth Vape Prevention Committee
  • Chippewa Valley and Dakota High Coalition Teen Councils (our youth members)
  • Interfaith/Chippewa Valley Schools Partnership (partnership with 22 local churches)

Chasing the Dragon – The Life of an Opiate Addict (Film) & Discussion Guide (for High School Youth)

Youth Opioid Misuse Prevention

14-minute adaptation (with permission) of longer film created by the FBI and DEA

Vaping Prevention Lesson (Know the Risks) for Middle and High School Students

Youth Vaping Prevention

PowerPoint with embedded video, group discussion topics, and teacher notes

Clearing the Smoke for Middle School Students: The Truth About Marijuana (for Middle School Youth)

Youth Marijuana Prevention

PowerPoint with embedded videos, teacher notes, group discussion topics, and supplemental activities

The Facts About Marijuana: Information for Teens (for High School Youth)

Youth Marijuana Prevention

PowerPoint with embedded videos, teacher notes, group discussion topics, and supplemental activities

Adolescent Out-Reach Program

In-school drug prevention education and intervention for students at Mohegan High School.

Community Partner: Macomb Family Services

Coalition Teen Councils

Chippewa Valley and Dakota High School students that are the youth members of the Coalition

Meet monthly, provide youth in-put to the Coalition, and organize drug prevention activities

Life of an Athlete/John Underwood

Systematic approach to drug prevention with Chippewa Valley Schools athletes

Education of athletes, coaches, parents, school and community about effects of alcohol and other drug use on athletic performance

Project Alert – Middle School Health

11 session drug prevention programs for 7th graders; Research-based and federally approved curriculum; 3 “booster” sessions at 8th grade

SandCastles Grief and Loss Support Group Program

Support group program provided to children/teens (preschool thru high school) and their parents, providing assistance in dealing with the loss of a significant person by death

(Conducted at Algonquin Middle School)

Community Partner: SandCastles/Hospices of Henry Ford Hospital

Smart Moves

9 session drug prevention programs for 5th graders in district Clinton Township schools

Community Partners: Clinton Twp. Police, CARE of SE Michigan & Henry Ford School Health


Alcohol Awareness Month

Annual school-community campaign focused on youth alcohol prevention

Chippewa Valley Schools Red Ribbon Campaign

Drug awareness/prevention activities at district elementary and middle schools

Community Partners: CJ Barrymore’s and Alley 59 Bowling

Mobilizing Michigan… Protecting Our Kids from Marijuana

Multi-component tool kit focused on educating students, parents, and community about the dangers of marijuana for youth and community

Community Partner: Macomb County Office of Substance Abuse (MCOSA)

Parent Education

Workshops for parents of preschool through high school children on a variety of topics

Community Partner: Chippewa Valley Schools Title One Program

Creation/Dissemination of Parenting Materials

Utilization of the talents of Coalition members in the creation of a variety of print and video parenting materials that are broadly disseminated.

Alcohol/Tobacco Retailers Project

Joins CVHS and Dakota HS Coalition Teen Council members with the police in visits to local retailers in an effort to educate businesses about the legal consequences of selling to minors

Community Partners: CARE, Clinton Township Police & Macomb County Sheriff’s Department

Be Aware Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention

Annual event to raise awareness about youth suicide, disseminate information about resources, and engage school and community in prevention

Community Partner: Know Resolve

Critical Issues of Youth Workshop

Community workshops focusing on issues related to youth

Community Partner: Macomb Intermediate School District

Family/Student Dialogue Nights

Engage middle and high school students and their parents in discussion of Important topics

Focus on Youth Forums

Brings together Dakota, CVHS, and Mohegan HS students in structured dialogue with community and school leaders and provides youth perspectives on the issues that affect them

Prescription Drug “Take Backs”

Events that take back unused and expired medication and provide community-based education issues related the dangers of youth opioid abuse and the need to properly secure and dispose

Community Partners:     Clinton Township Police Department, Macomb County Sheriff Department, Clinton Township Senior Center

School Transition Nights

Prepare parents and their students who are transitioning to high school for the “next step”

The Coalition works with community partners to advocate for local, state, and federal policy that protects youth, schools, and community.