FUNDING FOR YOUTH SUBSTANCE USE PROJECTS

We are proud to partner with local organizations to support community-wide youth substance use prevention. The MEADA coalition meets on the second Wednesday of every even month to review and award funding; for consideration at the next meeting submit your grant request at least one week in advance. Organizations are limited to one $500 grant per calendar year. The MEADA Coalition meets the second Wednesday of the even months from 4-5 PM at the Wright County Law Enforcement Center. Apply here.

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Dollars Awarded
Without financial support from our organization, many youth-focused initiatives would not be possible.
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Grants Funded
MEADA proudly supports local youth substance use prevention efforts by offering small, but impactful grants.
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Youth Impact
The estimated number of Wright County youth impacted by projects funded with the help from MEADA.

PAST GRANT RECIPIENTS & EXPLANATION OF PROJECTS

2019 AWARDEES

RELATIONSHIPS & RESILIENCY
Hassan Elementary established a program to foster positive, supportive, and trusting relationships between parents, teachers, and students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade.
$500 - Impacted 200
VAPING EDUCATION
By educating and supporting students in the Monticello School District who've been disciplined for vaping-related incidents it is hoped future citations will be reduced and students can get the support they need to quit.
$500 - Impacted 500 students
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E-CIGARETTE AWARENESS
An attempt to reduce suspension and e-cigarette use in the schools and community, the St. Michael Albertville school district purchased an online curriculum to show students upon return from a vape-related citation.
$500 - Impacted 112 students
KINDNESS RETREAT
Annandale School District's Youth Frontiers Kindness Retreat aims to build a shared sense of community and caring for 5th graders to decrease bullying tendencies, increase social connectedness, and decreased risky behaviors.
$500 - Impacted 423 students
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UNDERSTANDING OPIOIDS
A collaborative "Community Conversation" forum held in Howard Lake addressed concerns of rural farmers increased risk of opioid use, the risks associated, and the impact they are having in the community. This was a collective effort between Wright County Public Health, The Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization, MEADA, and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP).
$500 - Impacted 230 community members
COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM
An educational event at the Dassel-Cokato High School, in partnership with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted schools, to help educate students, parents, and community members on a variety of issues impacting youth in the area including; anxiety, depression, body image, drugs/vaping, how apps work, and more.
$500 - Impacted 130 students and parents
CHANGE THE OUTCOME
Delano High School wants to host an organization focused on combating the opioid epidemic through the, “watch, learn, talk, act” approach which entails a pre-assessment, viewing the documentary, a live panel, and a post-assessment. The organization began when the founders lost their son to an opioid overdose at the age of 20. This project’s hope is for others by collaborating, advocating and educating so that our schools can play an active role in combating the opioid epidemic and the unprecedented rise in addiction
$500 - 600 students and staff
PREVENTION 4 TEENS (P4T)
This two session course is offered to adolescent identified as at-risk, but don't meet the diagnosis criteria for a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The program utilizes SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) as a way to identify cause and patterns of use, finding alternatives to use, and setting goals to decrease or stop use. P4T is a partnership between Central Minnesota Mental Health Center and Monticello High School.
$500 - Impacted 60 youth
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CHEMICAL EDUCATION
Monticello Middle School provides additional chemical use education to students who are known substance users or those who violate the substance use policy. In addition to health class curriculum, this provides a more robust 1:1 opportunity to educate students.
$500 - Impacted 40 students
LAKER PROUD MENTORS
Both elementary schools in the Howard Lake district offer student-to-student and teacher-to-student mentorship opportunities to help students handle real-life situations they may face throughout their childhood.
$500 - Impacted 550 students
PREVENTION 4 TEENS (P4T)
This two session course is offered to adolescent identified as at-risk, but don't meet the diagnosis criteria for a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The program utilizes SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) as a way to identify cause and patterns of use, finding alternatives to use, and setting goals to decrease or stop use. P4T is a partnership between Central Minnesota Mental Health Center and MOnticello High School.
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THE TURN
The Wright County Adult Drug Court program aims to enhance the cost-effectiveness of the county criminal justice system by providing intensive case management, treatment, and court supervision for individuals arrested for drug related offenses.
$500 - Impacted 15 adults
DRIVING HANDBOOK
Ongoing parent-teen presentations are provided by Safe Communities of Wright County to highlight the risks and responsibilities of teen driving. Along with the presentation, a handbook is given to each participant that includes the dangers of substance use among teens.
$500 - Impacted 1,000 students and parents
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2018 AWARDEES

COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM
The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Dassel-Cokato school districts joined to host a forum for parents ans students to address various emerging issues. Topics covered by county experts included the opioid crisis, healthy relationships, mental health/anxiety support, sex trafficking, and student social media use.
$500 - Impacted 100 students and parents
AUTHOR ASSEMBLY
Jonathan Friesen, an anti-bullying advocate and author of Jerk, California and Both of Me, shared his story with students and staff to help instill a culture of hope within the Howard-Lake Waverly Winsted Middle school.
$500 - Impacted 200 students and staff
SUPPORT GROUP
Buffalo High School formed and began a Substance Use Teen Support Group to provide a safe space for those impacted by substance use in some form to share and have their questions and concerns heard.
$113.50 - Impacted 12 students
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THE TURN
The Wright County Adult Drug Court program aims to enhance the cost-effectiveness of the county criminal justice system by providing intensive case management, treatment, and court supervision for individuals arrested for drug related offenses.
$500 - Impacted 20 adults
DRIVING HANDBOOK
Safe Communities of Wright County conducts ongoing parent-teen presentations on the importance of safe driving. The critical risks and responsibilities of being a teen driver are covered in the presentation and information on substance use prevention in youth.
$500 - Impacted 2,500 students and parents
LAKER PROUD MENTORS
A mentorship program in both Howard-Lake Waverly Winsted elementary schools that provided guidance and support to one another by holding monthly groups led by staff. Each month students, K-4th grade, met in multi-age groups to discuss real life situations, given tools to best problem solve and resolve the real-life issues.
$500 - Impacted 550 students
RY'S HOPE FOUNDATION
After losing their son to a heroin overdose, the Ry's Hope Foundation was started by his parents. The foundation is a non-profit that offers guidance and financial support to those that have completed at least 30 days of treatment and wish to continue their recovery in Sober Housing.
$500 - Unknown Impact
SECOND STEP SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Tatanka Elementary purchased the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum to help kindergarten students make progress in emotion management, situational awareness, and academic achievement by providing them with the tools to excel in and out of the classroom. Children were given the tools to make friends, manage their emotions, solve problems, and deal with peer pressure.
$459 - Impacted 80 children
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