Throughout 2016, Me and a coalition member flew to Mississippi to attend the National Coalition Academy. Each week we took the trip to learn how to be the best coalition we can be and accomplish as much as we can in our community. Learning the Strategic Prevention Framework and creating logic models to ensure the work that we put into the coalition will make a difference and help our county. Thank you to: Tom Tallier, Rania Brown, and Kellie Keene for taking this journey with me to better our Coalition. Mississippi was a great adventure and we learned quite a lot!!
Congratulations to Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners/ Taylor County Pure Performance for receiving the 2016 award for outstanding coalition in the state of Wisconsin. This means so much for Taylor County youth. TCDOP and Pure Performance appreciates all the support and dedication from the community including Aspirus - Medford and all three Taylor County school districts. Thanks again to our Community Partners.
Jean and I had the opportunity to fly to Washington D.C. as the recipients of the Drug Free Communities grant dollars. We attended a 2 days conference in Washington to discuss the requirements and success of Drug Free Communities. While we were there, we had the opportunity to take a "moonlight" tour of the Washington monuments. What a great experience! We brought back a lot of information to make Drug Free communities a success in our county!
Very Exciting News! Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners (TCDOP) was awarded a five year, $600,000 federal Drug Free Community grant. The grant will support evidence based prevention strategies to create a healthy alcohol and drug-free environment for Taylor County youth.
Picture taken with Taylor County Board of Supervisor District 6 – Scott Mildbrand. February’s County Board meeting made a resolution proclaiming April 12-18, 2015 as National Volunteer Week in Taylor County. Lindsay Petersen is Taylor County’s Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps Service worker, working with the Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners at the Taylor County Courthouse Health Department. AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. This year, the AmeriCorps Members are focusing on the prevention of youth alcohol and drug addiction.
Back from Mid-term training in Wisconsin Dells for AmeriCorps. I have about 7 more months of service with the Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners! I know the time will go fast, because the last 4 months already have. I love what I'm doing to help our community, and I look forward to continued work, even when my service year has ended. I have made so many friends who, I know, will be life-long friendships. :)