Community Alliance

Youth Mental Health & Wellness – a Town Hall for Parents

The Community Alliance 4 Youth Success is hosting a town hall meeting for parents about Youth Mental Health and Wellness. The town hall is free to the public and will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the MidMichigan Medical Center’s Towsley Auditorium. This event coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, which is the first full week of October. The town hall was prompted by findings of the 2016 Midland County Youth Study conducted by The Legacy Center, which indicated an increase in risk-taking behaviors of depression, suicide attempts and eating disorders among 6th – 12th graders. In the same study, students also reported decreases in Developmental Assets related to Positive Identity, including personal power, self-esteem, sense of purpose, and positive view of personal future. Panelists for the town hall include Sharon Mudd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Michigan Depression Center; Kim Sumerix, Youth Services Coordinator/Outpatient Therapist, Family and Children’s Services; and Jackie Warner, Youth Intervention Specialist, Community Mental Health for Central Michigan and 42nd Circuit Court, Family Division. “Our goal is to give parents the knowledge and tools they need to support their children, identify problems early on and find the resources they need right here in our community,” says Jennifer Heronema, President and Chief Executive of The Legacy Center. About Community Alliance 4 Youth Success The Community Alliance 4 Youth Success, an affiliate of The Legacy Center, is a group of local community leaders who are focused on preventing teen substance abuse. Preventing alcohol, marijuana and other drug use is no easy task, but the coalition has demonstrated that when all sectors of the community come together, social change happens. For more information, visit the coalition website at More details about Developmental Assets can be found on The Legacy Center website at

New Online Resource for Parents of Midland Tweens/Teens

Today, The Legacy Center launched a new website to support the prevention efforts of the Community Alliance 4 Youth Success (Coalition). The website – – will serve as a useful tool for parents of 6th through 12th graders who want to learn more about Developmental Assets, as well as emerging alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug trends in Midland County. “There is a significant amount of misinformation on the internet and television about these substances – especially marijuana,” says Jennifer Heronema, coalition director and president of The Legacy Center. “We want parents to have a place where they can read about the latest trends, learn about the risks (short and long term) and gain access to tools that will help them encourage their child to make positive life choices and avoid risky behavior.” As visitors review the site, they will find information about: Developmental Assets – What they are and how to instill them Alcohol, Marijuana and Prescription Drugs – Appearance, Impact and Resources Dump Your Drugs! – Dates for Collection of Unused/Expired Prescription Drugs Town Hall Meetings – Marijuana, Alcohol and Social Media About Us/Get Involved – The Coalition and Youth Committee Get Help – Support for parents who think their child might have a problem In addition to the items listed above, the website will host a number of blog-type articles to keep parents informed (e.g. why kids use drugs, drugs and brain development, tips for talking with your child if you suspect drug use, teens and social media, and drugged driving.) Parents are encouraged to submit questions via email, and staff will work with local officials to get answers and post updates to the site. The Community Calendar is, perhaps, the most exciting feature of the site. The calendar is designed to allow youth-serving organizations to quickly […]

Alliance Hosts Teen Parties at Plymouth Pool

The Community Alliance for Youth Success has been hosting a series of parties for Midland area teens at Plymouth Pool this summer. Two events already have taken place, with the third and final party scheduled for August 22nd from 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Music, snacks, games and prizes are provided. These events are free and are for high school students only with photo ID required. Party @ Plymouth Pool offers area high school students an opportunity to have fun in an alcohol- and drug-free environment. Plymouth Pool lifeguards, agency staff and volunteers interact with the teens throughout the event. Teens get a chance to experience Plymouth Pool at night with their friends, as well as meet other teens from the Midland community. The pool is closed to the general public during the parties. These events exist through partnership with the City of Midland, Midland Area Partnership for Drug Free Youth and The ROCK Youth Center. Party @ Plymouth Pool events would not be possible without the generous sponsorship from The Creek Grill and B-Xtreme Cycle and Sport, along with help from our community volunteers. For more information contact Midland Area Partnership for Drug-Free Youth at 989.835-8699 or via email  

Drug Free Worksite Program Featured

  The Legacy Center for Community Success (TLC) is pleased to announce that we have received a $7,500 grant from the Dow Corning Foundation in support of the Drug Free Worksite Program. TLC inherited the program through our merger with Midland Area Partnership for Drug Free Youth.   This evidence-based program is directed toward adults and parents in the workplace. There are eight modules that are split into 1-1/2 hour sessions. TLC offers sessions on two of the modules:   Improving Workplace Communication, and Stress, Problem Solving and Substance Use   TLC will be offering this program again starting in January 2013. If you have any questions or want more information regarding this program please contact Jennifer Heronema at 989-496-1425.

Middle School Fall Frenzy

  Calling all middle school students!   The Middle School Fall Frenzy will be held on November 10th, 2012 from 7:30PM-10:30PM at the Midland Civic Arena. Your student can enjoy a safe, fun Saturday evening with their friends by participating in activies such as Lazer Tag, Unlimited Ice Skating, Broomball, and much more! Admission is 5 dollars and a photo ID is required!