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Check out the latest from the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project Below: 

October 2017
To mark Red Ribbon Week, we’re posting this video from the teens at Silver Spring Neighborhood Center and H20. Their song and video, called “Drugs,” features cautionary tales about dealing and using and some of the deadly consequences that can come from both. Their approach was to develop stories that teens can relate to and show the complexities of interpersonal relationships when access to drugs are in the mix. 

July 15, 2017: Pulling Together for Peace & Solutions

The 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project and Safe & Sound are presenting Pulling Together for Peace and Solutions 2017 on Saturday, July 15th from 10 am - 2 pm. The event will be located at 1645 N. 25th Street - The Salvation Army.

The July 15 event will feature a town hall with appearances from three Milwaukee Common Council members who represent the 53206 zip code: Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Alderman Khalif Rainey, and Alderman Russell Stamper II.

From there, solution-oriented breakout sessions will be offered:
• Health care: physical and mental
• Employment: training, readiness, opportunities
• Housing: renting, owning
• Safety: neighborhood, proper reporting

FREE FOOD AND CHILDCARE PROVIDED. Please register using this link:…/1FAIpQLSe6vNq3H1u0QbWQ7q…/viewform

Based on the feedback received from the organizations’ Pulling Together for Peace Award Ceremony last December, Pulling Together for Peace and Solutions 2017 was developed to focus on creating lasting change in the 53206 zip code. While this ncommunity faces some difficult safety, employment, and quality-of-life issues, it’s also full of residents who are willing and able to be part of the solution.

We hope to see you there! 

June 2017: #Lean: What is lean? How does it impact your brain? How has it impacted the inner-city of Milwaukee? Get all of these questions answered and more by clicking on the link for the Milwaukee Magazine article below originally posted in February of 2017:


April 2017: Alcohol Awareness Month 

April is Alcohol Awareness Month! Checkout some information about underage drinking here!

February 23, 2017: Presentation & Public Speaking Training 

53206 Drug-Free Communities hosted a Presentation & Public Speaking Training on February 23, 2017 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library. Almost 20 participants including youth representatives worked together with trainer Oliver Reed to identify situations where they may use facilitation skills, recognize examples of good facilitation skills, share ideas, strategies, and experiences related to good training and facilitation, and more.



January 23 - 29, 2017: Light & Unite RED Week 

Click here to visit our website and get access to tons of resources Light & Unite RED
What is "Light & Unite RED?" -  Light & Unite RED is a campaign led by the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) in partnership with several community organizations and surrounding health departments that puts a spotlight on the dangers of substance use and unites our community to engage in prevention, encourage treatment and support recovery. 

During National Drug & Alcohol Fact Week (January 23 – 29, 2017), join us as we light the way for a lifestyle without substance abuse. Together, we can prevent addiction and provide hope that recovery is possible. 

January 9, 2017 (Post): FREE Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: Changing Perception of Risk Webinar

This 90-minute webinar highlighted factors and strategies related to the perception of risk and harm of marijuana use among youth ages 12-17. Check out the recording and the transcript by clicking here .

Join us for our "Pulling Together for Peace" Awards Dinner on December 9th, 2016, at 5:00 pm!

The 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project is partnering with COA Goldin Youth & Family Center and Safe & Sound to host the first ever Pulling Together for Peace Awards Dinner. During this event, we will be recognizing parents, residents, staff, youth, and store owners from the AMANI (53206) and Haramabee neighborhoods that have gone above and beyond to service their communities in a positive way! Dinner will be provided and we will have a key note from Brother Andre Lee Ellis from the We Got This Program. This event will be taking place at the COA Goldin Center at 2320 W. Burleigh.


Update: Here are some images from the event. Over 100 people attended the events and we were able to recognize 28 different people / organizations for their amazing work and contributions to various neighborhoods and communities around Milwaukee. We can't wait to partner with Safe & Sound and COA Youth & Family Centers again next year to make this event even bigger and better. 

November 22, 2016: Media Coverage - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service 

Check out this update from the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project posted by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services 

November 14, 2016: Check out the winners of our "A Drug-Free 53206 Is For Me" Poster contest! These ladies from COA Youth & Family Centers worked really hard on their poster and have both made a commitment to continue to spread the message about the importance of young people remaining drug free. Way to go! 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project is behind you 100%. Good things are happening in 53206.

MCSAP received a Drug-Free Communities grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration in 2015, enabling the coalition to begin zeroing in on the 53206 area code to implement specific Drug-Free Communities projects. The grant is expected to continue for at least five years, with the potential for a 10-year commitment.

The DFC project will specifically work to reduce youth alcohol and marijuana use in 53206 by middle and high school-age students. The 53206 zip code includes Milwaukee’s Amani and Lindsay Heights neighborhoods. Middle and high school students from the area have rates of alcohol and marijuana use well above the state and Milwaukee Public Schools averages. The coalition will recruit community members, including youth and parents, to participate in a broad variety of prevention strategies and projects including retailer compliance checks, community projects for youth, and public outreach and education. 

The DFC’s 2014 National Evaluation Report showed a significant decrease in past-30-day use between the first and most recent data reports for alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use among middle school and high school youth in DFC communities.




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MCSAP addresses policies, practices and programs in our two current priority areas: marijuana use among youth and fatal drug overdose, with a particular emphasis on prescription drugs.

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