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. To have your project considered at the next meeting submit your grant request at least one week in advance. Organizations are limited to one $500 grant per calendar year and are required to submit a Grant Follow-up Form following the use of their funds.

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Without financial support from our organization, many youth-focused initiatives would not be possible.
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MEADA proudly supports local youth substance use prevention efforts by offering small, but impactful grants.
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Respect & Resiliency
An assembly and small group approach to helping students rebuild their ability to cope and respond to life's difficulties. Speaker Craig Hillier will breakdown many misconceptions that are presented as truths in our culture.
$500 - Impacted 300 students
The Turn
Awarded funds from this grant will be utilized to provide positive reinforcement for participants in the way of incentives for positive behavior, group celebrations for milestones achieved, etc. Theses incentives are a form of encouragement and reinforce positive behavior, sobriety and positive choices made by each participant. This assists with promoting recovery and restoring families.
$500 - 20 participants
HLWW Community Symposium
The goal of the symposium is to increase awareness for our students and parents and community members in regards to drugs, alcohol, and other tough topics that are impacting our communities. With more education or students and community members will be better equipped to avoid and deal with these problems to make our school and community safer.
$500 - 200+ students & parents
VapeEducate
VapeEducate is an online course consisting of 7 units. Delano High School students with a vaping citation complete a mini-quiz, test and reflection statement at the end of each unit. Students must complete each section before moving on and score 80% or better on each unit assessment.
$496 - 31 students
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CONNECTED FOR LIFE
VapeEducate is an online web based program that has 5 units that can be administered at wRight Choice. Training topics include; "What is Vaping?", "Vaping Health Risks", "How Marketing Targets the Young", "Vape Addiction", and "Society, Vaping and You."
$500 - Impacted 50+ students
IRISH MENTORS
Irish Mentors gives presentations to 5th and 6th-grade classes about the dangers of vaping and using tobacco products. Prizes and educational materials are used to encourage participation from the students. Alcohol awareness information is also provided to 9-12th graders.
$500 - Impacted 200 students
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 - 20 participants
D.A.R.E
This program serves youth living in Wright County and is taught at 11 schools across the county. Lessons address making good choices related to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. The program also addresses health effects, stress management, strategies for resisting and what it means to be a good citizen in the community. D.A.R.E works to emphasize how choices the kids make now can and do have an impact on their lives later.
$500 - 750 youth impacted
HLWW Elementary Laker Proud
This program is used to build relationships throughout our school in order to have a positive impact on students. Our small groups will work to make connections, strengthen relationships, build social skills, confidence, a growth mindset, and a stronger community.
$500 - 300+ students
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CONNECTED FOR LIFE
The overall program offers various chemical and mental health services, plus suicide prevention support for students. VapeEducate is an online web based program that has 5 units that can be administered at wRight Choice. Training topics include; "What is Vaping?", "Vaping Health Risks", "How Marketing Targets the Young", "Vape Addiction", and "Society, Vaping and You."
$500 - Impacted 50+ students
HLWW Elementary Laker Proud
Each month, K-4 multiage small groups meet to discuss real life situations and students are given tools and examples to problem solve issues that arise in daily life. Activities aim to make connections, strengthen relationships, build social skills, and build a growth mindset.
$500 - 500+ students
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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 - 200 students
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 - 500 students
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 - 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 - 423 students
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 - 230 community members
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.
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HLWW LAKER PROUD
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 - 300+ students
DRIVER 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 - 1,000 parents and students
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 - 15 participants
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 - 130 community members
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 - 60 students
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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
DRIVER 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 - 2,500 students and parents
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 - 20 adults
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 - 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 - 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 - 12 students
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