The Coalition uses these Seven Strategies for Community Change
- Provide Information:
Educational presentations, public service announcements, brochures, billboards, town hall meetings.
- Enhance Skills:
Workshops, conferences, training’s of those who can help prevent underage substance use— Responsible Beverage Server Training.
- Provide Support:
Provide drug-free activities, mentoring, youth groups.
- Enhance Access or Reduce Barriers:
Improve systems to increase ability to utilize services—Spanish translation of prevention material.
- Change Consequences- Incentives/Disincentives:
Positive Community Norms Media Campaign. Applaud the behaviors of those making good choices. Support law enforcement efforts at reducing underage access.
- Change Physical Design of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection:
Extra Lighting outside liquor store Off Sale to discourage people buying for minors.
- Modify & Change Policies:
Focus on changing policies, laws and procedures aimed at preventing substance abuse— example-Social Host Ordinance.
The youth groups, as branches of the coalition are formed in the school districts around the county to create awareness about underage alcohol and drug use. These youth groups sponsor Town Hall meetings and substance use events, present to city and county boards and develop projects to impact their communities. Representatives from the youth groups attend an annual Youth Leadership Academy.
The RAPAD Coalition, is dedicated to:
- Identifying current attitudes and perceptions surrounding underage ATOD use and access within Renville County.
- Publicizing efforts being made concerning underage ATOD use and access within Renville County.
- Supporting schools, businesses, and other organizations in the County by providing technical assistance and resources for underage chemical use prevention.
- Cooperating with local efforts to educate and influence attitudes for positive changes on underage ATOD use.
- Working collaboration with local, state, and federal government to enhance the quality of life through underage ATOD prevention strategies.
How can you get involved?
We have an opportunity to increase the number of youth choosing to be substance free. By working together and making a comprehensive plan we can reduce underage ATOD use in Renville County. Join the RAPAD Coalition and become an active member. Whatever your skills, work experience, age or passion, we welcome your participation in helping direct the coalitions work at monthly meetings or join a task force to work on specific issues.
RAPAD Organizational Chart