Project YES Coalition

The Project YES (Youth Empowered for Success) Coalition was formed to address the issue of youth substance abuse.  The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment reported 50.4% of Richland County residents being somewhat to very concerned about underage drinking. Fifty-five percent reported being somewhat to very concerned about underage drug use and abuse and 51.3% reported being somewhat to very concerned about smoking and tobacco use. Over half of Richland County residents have shown much concern about substance abuse, which includes, underage alcohol, tobacco and drug use. Wahpeton’s middle and high school student data has indicated a higher rate than the state and the national averages therefore validating the concern of residents in the community. Therefore, a coalition has been formed to reduce the overall rate of underage drinking, drug use or abuse, and tobacco youth.


To empower our youth by creating opportunities to enhance their potential.


To engage youth, families, and committed stakeholders in providing education and promoting healthy decision making.  By doing so, we will be proactive in our efforts to create a safe and healthy community where youth choose to not use alcohol, tobacco and drugs and are valued for their choices.  Ultimately, the coalition will engage with community stakeholders who are dedicated in ensuring that all youth can reach their full potential.

This group was developed, in part, under grant SP080607 from ONDCP and SAMHSA.


ND Breathe ND- Vaping

ND Prevention (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs)

CADCA- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

NIDA- National Institute On Drug Abuse- Teens

Parents Lead- Building Healthy Youth

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