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Stay Strong Milwaukee

The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute provides Stay Strong Milwaukee funding to youth-serving organizations for alcohol and other substance use prevention projects to be delivered in Milwaukee County. All organizations are RISE Drug Free MKE members and contribute to the coalition’s ongoing efforts to prevent substance misuse. Funding is provided by Milwaukee County DHHS Behavioral Health Services.

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2024 Stay Strong Milwaukee Grantees:

Diverse & Resilient will provide the evidence-based curriculum Thinking Under the Influence to LGBTQ+ youth and young adults ages 14-24. The program focuses on preventing underage alcohol misuse, binge drinking, and misuse of other substances. 

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee will implement the evidence-based substance use prevention curriculums Botvin LifeSkills Training combined with the Mind Matters program. The program will serve youth ages 11-19 who reside in Milwaukee and will be offered through Neighborhood House's STOP! Commit, Decide, Succeed youth program. 

Neu-Life Community Development will provide the evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum Botvin LifeSkills Training to elementary and middle school youth in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood. The LifeSkills program equips youth with the skills needed to make the best choices for their lives. 

The Parenting Network will provide the evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum Botvin LifeSkills Training to 7th grade students from MPS or charter schools. This program has been shown to teach families and students skills to prevent substance use and misuse. 

Pathfinders will provide the evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum Botvin LifeSkills Training to run-away and homeless youth and young adults through their Drop-in Center design. This project will address the complex, interconnected AODA and safety needs among their population of focus. 

Running Rebels Community Organization will offer the evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum Botvin LifeSkills Training to middle and high school students who participate in the local Hoops Without Borders initiative. The curriculum subsets use a combination of coaching with peer-interaction and provider-led activities to address critical risk factors found to promote substance use. 

United Community Center will implement the evidence-based curriculum Catch My Breath to Milwaukee 5th-12th grade youth and their families with a majority of the participants identifying as Latino. The program focuses on nicotine vaping and tobacco use through classroom lessons and parent education.

WAWM Family Resource Center will provide the evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum Botvin LifeSkills Training to 9th and 11th grade students. This project includes participation in activities in schools that offer opportunities to reach out to parents/guardians to provide prevention strategies to help youth avoid substance use/misuse; knowledge of signs and symptoms of substance use in teens; and parenting tips to build on their strengths and enhance communication with their child.

WestCare Wisconsin Inc. will implement the evidence-based curriculum Forward Thinking Journal Series to youth in Milwaukee. The program is designed to assist youth in making positive changes to their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.