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Community Resources

Youth Initiatives


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? 

Community Outreach Programs and Services



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.

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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 the 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 trusted adult.

If you are interested in tMHFA training for your youth group, contact


Rose Jean at for more information.

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Special Thanks to Our Supporters!

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Drug Free Manatee and the Manatee Community Foundation (MCF) for their generous donations. Your support is making a tremendous impact by funding the North River Prevention Partners' Teen Mental Health First Aid Classes.

These contributions are crucial in providing our teens with the skills and knowledge they need to support their mental health and well-being.

Thank you for your commitment to our community!

North River Nonprofit Alliance 

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


North River 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 at or

Natalie Novak

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