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STICKER SHOCK! click any photo for larger view, including the sticker
The Working Together Coalition is a group of youth and adults working together to address issues related to underage drinking in the school districts of Pine River-Backus, Northland Community and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. We will be participating with off sale establishments that are interested in partnering with us. This project aims to reach those individuals over age 21 who legally purchase alcohol and provide it to a minor. The campaign consists of youth-designed stickers being adhered to multi-packs of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine coolers, etc) in participating retail stores. A team of youth, accompanied by an adult chaperone, will visit each store at a time of mutual convenience during the scheduled campaign dates, to place the stickers on and hang up the 8 x 11” poster(s). If you prefer to have your employees place the stickers on and/or hang the posters on your own during those dates, we will be happy to simply deliver the appropriate number to you.


Would you like to be part of a team, use your talents and individuality, have fun, and be inspired to do something in your community? Then come join Teens Leading the Way, a leadership group that meets to discuss ways to keep teens healthy, safe, and responsible, by not using alcohol, tobacco or drugs. Come and check it out or visit us on Facebook and see pictures of what we are up to!

Pine River-Backus TLTW meets every week.

For current meeting times, visit the Working Together Coaltion website.

Parents Who Host Lose the Most
Don't be a party to teenage drinking. Many well-meaning parents think that it is enough to take away car keys at their teen's parties so the teens can't drink and drive. Parents provide the alcohol or allow alcohol to be consumed based on the false belief that it's a rite of passage, especially at prom and graduation parties.  It is illegal to serve alcohol to anyone but your own child!  You could be charged with a Gross Misdemeanor for providing alcohol to a minor. Click here to view the Minnesta State Laws regarding alcohol use.



The Working Together Coalition recently received the Shutting off the Tap to Teens - Coalition of the year award from the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center. The award was received for the Coalition accomplishment over the past year. Highlights of those accomplishments include:

  • Expanding the Coalition into WHA school district and Northland Community school districts.
  • Working with Cass County and the City of Pine River to establish Social Host Policy.
  • Collaboration with local school districts.
  • Establishing youth leadership teams (Teens Leading the Way) in each school district.
  • Reaching out to parents.

The goal of the Working Together Coalition is to provide the school districts of Northland Community, Pine River-Backus and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley information on how to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among our youth. We will do this by providing you information about what our Coalition is doing locally and also direct you to existing online resources that will provide information to see more, please visit our website at www.workingtogethercoalition.org


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