FEATURED ASCEND PROGRAMS:
YOUTH COALITION

Inspiring the Promise of Youth and Enhancing the Power of Community

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Our Ascend T.R.U.T.H. Youth Coalition is a Movement.

 

This coalition serves as true Champions in the field of: Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Disparities in Youth/Teens.

This movement is: Built for the Youth, Led by the Youth and Provide Services for the Youth of Pontiac. We also serve in our community wherever needed.

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Some of the Program Activities We Have Accomplished:

  • Developed a wraparound Mental Health initiative for Junior High and High School students

  • Honored at the State Capitol by the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, House of Representatives, and Michigan Senate

  • Created the T.R.U.T.H. Youth Coalition Elementary "Reach and Hold" program (Coalition Elementary Pilot)

  • Promoted underage drinking prevention by distributing over 13,000 prevention packets and fact survey cards to parents

  • Hosted multiple in-person and virtual Mental Health workshops and forums

  • Consistently distributed Buzzed Driving posters and paraphernalia to 14 schools, 87 churches, 11 athletic programs

  • Distributed 47,000 Opioid Prevention Flyers

  • Interviewed and recognized by the Boston Globe for the work in the Community 

  • Centralized Data Collection 

  • Educated ourselves and administered Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Training

  • Hosted and received Narcan Training 

  • Community service efforts - Passed out more than 35,000 backpacks and distributed prevention information to the community 

  • Hosted marijuana prevention event, passed out more than 11,000 pieces of literature, and had over 2,400 families represented 

  • 110 Adopted Families and Packaged Thanksgiving Baskets to families affected by substance abuse

  • Adopted over 130 families for Christmas that were victimized by drug addiction

  • "Keep Them Safe, Keep Them Healthy" Initiative

  • Conducted Synar Vendor Signage to over 75 Stores

  • Created a series of awareness videos fighting against substance abuse and underage drinking that has reached over 45,000 people

  • A vested member of the Oakland University/Pontiac Initiative

  • Awareness of Social Injustice from a youth’s perspective reached over 36,000 community members

  • FAN Speaker – Real Life, Real Stories

 

MISSION:

Youth Leaders rising up to make change in our community against substance abuse and mental health disparities in Parents, Youth, and Teens through: raising awareness, addressing the problem, and being apart of the solution.

 

VISION:

To eliminate substance abuse and strengthen the understanding of mental health in our communities so that our youth have a clear path to live healthy lives.