Students at Deer River High School

Foundation Grant Supports Substance Use Prevention at DRHS

The Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to support the work of the Movement/STEP Coalition at DRHS. The Movement/STEP Coalition’s mission is “to foster a community within District 317 that supports youth by preventing underage alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.” Since it’s inception nearly a decade ago, the Coalition has worked to reduce underage substance use through Positive Community Norms (PCN). The PCN method uses positive messaging¬† to correct perception and encourage youth to make good choices. the grant from the Foundation will support continued prevention work with students at DRHS. Coordinator Heather Schjenken shares “The STEP Coalition/The Movement is incredibly grateful to have Forward Health Foundation support the prevention work being done in the Deer River community! It’s partners like the Foundation that promotes a healthy community for our youth.”

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