This group is formally known as APAC (Austin Positive Action Coalition). The group meets monthly and was organized as part of a 5-year grant that was awarded to the community of Austin by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division. The Parenting Resource Center is the local host organization for the planning and Implementation grant.
The grant was received for two reasons, first, our 30-day alcohol use among high school students was higher
than the state average according to the 2013 Minnesota Student Survey. More importantly, several members of the community, including members of the Austin drug task force and the Parenting Resource Center, were
committed to finding a solution to the growing issue. This grant has many components that are centered around a prevention strategy called Positive Community Norms (PCN).
The strategy focuses on the goodness that is already occurring in our community and schools. A town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 11 to learn more about how these norms are gathered and used
during our extensive marketing campaign called, “truth is.” The other components of the grant include; reviewing prevention curriculum in grades 6-12, developing as well as enhancing positive activities within the community and forming student groups at Ellis Middle School, Austin High School and Pacelli.
APAC is still in the development stages. Over the past several months this dedicated group has created mission/ vision statements and most recently identified seven core principles. These principles, though simple, have great impacts.
• Be Positive – support and encourage positive choices
• Be Present – recognize and listen throughparticipation
• Be Perceptive – discover and share the truth
• Be Purposeful – focus on the truth
• Be Perfected – commit to continuous improvement
• Be Proactive – positively impact and inspire others
• Be Passionate – energized to make a difference.
These seven principles will guide our group and the work we do in the community. We are always looking for
more people to share our vision to reduce ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs) use among our young people. Will you help us?
Together we can make a positive difference.
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