top of page

Our Coalition

Stand Up Cass County Coalition Logo.jpg

Stand UP Cass County meets quarterly at various locations within the county. Our coalition represents people from 12 sectors of the community including: youth, parents, businesses, media, schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious/fraternal organizations, other civic/volunteer groups, healthcare, state, local, or tribal government agencies, and other organizations that work at reducing substance abuse.


Youth Services Alliance (YSA) is a 501 c 3 organization that works with schools, churches, and other youth serving organizations to maximize resources to better impact youth and families. YSA serves as the fiscal agent for Stand UP Cass County, formerly known as the Cass County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.


Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a dynamic, data-driven planning process that prevention practitioners use to understand and more effectively address the substance abuse and related mental health problems facing their communities. The five SPF phases include Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. Developed by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), SPF is a planning process for preventing substance use and misuse.

Live Above the Influence Youth volunteers during a 2023 September Social event sponsored by the Stand UP Cass County Coalition.


Empowering Youth Statement

School-wide Photo Contest (002).jpg

Lewis Cass Elementary with the help from Mr. Darby Scalf won a national photo contest with this Red Ribbon Week photo in 2022.

How can you keep your family

safe from addiction? 


The best way to instill prevention in children is to keep them busy, keep them encouraged, and keep them accountable.


Don’t let your children have that extra free time and ability to get a hold of drugs and use them. Peer pressure can be convincing, especially for teens. An “exit” plan can help empower

them to make the right decision and say no when it counts.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) provides seven strategies for community change that are used to change conditions and improve health and safety in communities. These strategies are important when it comes to substance abuse prevention because they discourage alcohol and substance abuse among youth and can help change the environment, which leads to changing attitudes, social norms and alcohol/drug use behavior.


Join us at Stand UP Cass County and discuss ways to incorporate the following 7 strategies into prevention projects.

7 Strategies 


Action Teams and Workgroups

Stand UP Cass County currently has 3 Action Teams which work between quarterly meetings (usually via zoom) on a variety of actions/topics:​

  1. Youth Empowerment - Recruit and Sustain Youth Coalition/Activities        

  2. Data Collection - Working with local evaluator on local data

  3. Training and Public Engagement - identify and secure training/events

  4. Tobacco Prevention Workgroup - End youth experimenting with nicotine

These Action Teams help to complete our annual Action Plans. They have input on what should go into the upcoming year's Action Plan. They help identify potential gaps in the community and work together to figure out solutions. Their participation is extremely valuable to the success of our Coalition. 

Project Coordinator, Nikki Malott and a youth member attended the mid-year conference in Texas with an amazing CADCA trainer,  Jerria Martin.

bottom of page