Tested & Effective Programs

Filling gaps in the community with programs that support youth


 Our coalitions use Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development to determine appropriate programs county-by-county, based on risk factors for that area. Blueprints provides a registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens. Blueprints programs are family, school, and community-based and target all levels of need.

By using evidence-based programs that are tested to be effective, we can make the most of community resources. There are limited dollars available to put programming in place, and we want to put our money into programs that have already been proven to work.

Current Programs

Big Bro. Big Sis.


Mentoring program to help children realize their potential, avoid risky behaviors, and build their futures. Available in Alger, Houghton, and Marquette Counties.

Blues Program


 Six-week group intervention focused on preventing the onset and persistence of depression in high schoolers. Available in Baraga, Houghton, and Ontonagon Counties.

Botvin's LifeSkills


Curriculum-based substance abuse and violence prevention program proven to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80%. Available in all UP counties.



Five-week free class for parents and caregivers of youth age 9 to 14. Helps open up the lines of communication and build awareness to resist peer influences. Available in all UP counties. 

Positive Action


Systematic educational program that promotes an interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students. Available in Alger and Ontonagon Counties. 

Prime for Life


Prevention and intervention program that helps people learn to reduce their risks of alcohol and drug related problems throughout life. Available in Alger, Houghton, and Ontonagon Counties.  



Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a one-hour suicide prevention training suitable for youth and adults. Trainings are free (except for the cost of materials). Available in all UP counties.

Signs of Suicide


 School-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program designed for middle and high schoolers. Available in Baraga, Houghton, and Ontonagon Counties.  

TOP Club


After school program that provides teens with the tools to avoid risky behaviors, and become leaders with a vision for their future. Available in Baraga, Houghton, and Ontonagon Counties.