We know when given the opportunity to be in community leadership roles, youth can add authenticity, enthusiasm, and their unique experiences. This is why we have formed a North River Youth Coalition for teens ages 14-18. Our coalition is "By, With & For Youth", meaning that the members will drive the culture and direction of the coalition. Ambassadors have equal input, share credit and accountability for the coalition, and collaborate with board members, local business owners, and government leaders. Interested in joining?
YOUTH IN ACTION
Youth in Action is a Manatee County student-led, adult-guided program that empowers teens to make a difference on their campus and among their peers by identifying issues and developing and implementing strategies to address those issues. This year, the Palmetto High School YIA team is addressing vaping on campus, Manatee School for the Arts is supporting good mental health, and Parrish Community High School is addressing underage drinking.
If your Manatee County group or organization would like to learn more about specific substances and their effects, local conditions regarding substance abuse/ mental health, or what you can do to help North River Prevention Partners in their work, please send us an email, and we will be happy to come to you and present to your group at no cost to you!
DRUG FREE YOUTH
Drug Free Youth is a community-wide incentive program for students ages 13-18 who are already making healthy choices and staying away from alcohol and other drugs. Members demonstrate their commitment by submitting to a urine drug screen and then enjoy discounts on food, activities, and merchandise from retailers throughout Manatee County!
SECURE MONITOR DISPOSE
PLEASE!! Do not leave unused or expired Rx medications in your home! Two-thirds of teens who report abusing prescription medication say they get it from the home of a family member or friend. You can drop off your unused or expired medications safely at your local Manatee County Police Department. Alternatively, you can contact us to learn how you can get Deterra drug disposal bags and safely dispose of your medications at home.
KNOW THE LAW
Know the Law is a program that is delivered to 6th and 9th graders in Manatee County, public middle and high schools. It is based on the premise that when kids know better, they do better. The presentation is given to the students by their SRO and they get a booklet to take home so they can discuss what they learned with their caregivers. If your student comes home with one, please take the time to go through it with them. Who knows, you might learn something new, too!
Community Outreach Programs and Services
Teen Mental Health & First Aide
teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) is a training program for teens
brought to the United States by the National Council for Mental
Wellbeing in partnership with Born This Way Foundation.
It teaches teens in grades 10-12, or ages 15-18, how to identify,
understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use
challenges in their friends and peers.
What it covers:
Common signs and symptoms of mental
health and substance use challenges.
• Common signs and symptoms of a mental
health crisis, particularly suicide.
• The impact of school violence and bullying
on mental health.
• How to open the conversation about mental
illnesses and substance use with friends.
• How to seek the help of a responsible and
If you are interested in tMHFA training for your youth group, contact Ally Bergmann abergmann.nrpp@ gmail com or Rose Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alcohol Task Force
NRPP will be partnering with Drug Free Manatee to create a county-wide task force to reduce underage drinking. Meetings will begin in early 2023. All are welcome to participate, if you are interested in attending, please send a request to be added to the email list to Ally Bergmann email@example.com or Natalie Novak firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reducing Negativity; Elevating Wellness
NRPP is partnering with Healthy Teens and Telement Therapy to provide a multi-tiered, primary prevention program aimed at reducing the number of Manatee County teens who experience a mental health crisis.
ReNEW provides both peer education/ support and professional therapeutic services to teens at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis at no cost to them or their families. The program is currently in its pilot phase; you can visit (website here) for more information.
The NRNA began as a way for nonprofits serving the North River communities to partner and share resources during Covid.
NRNA's mission is to create partnerships and collaborations among nonprofit organizations that expand the services of each partner to strengthen and empower the community we serve and we envision A community where collaboration between agencies and organizations is the norm and the needs of residents are always met.
It has been a successful venture with many community partners meeting monthly and working together to make our community better.
If you are interested in your organization being a part of NRNA, contact Ally Bergmann at email@example.com.