Prevention Happens Here

The Community Coalition of Forest County has been working diligently to bring the community together to celebrate prevention efforts county wide. CCFC has partnered with Forest County Potawatomi, Sokaogon Chippewa of Mole Lake, UW Extension, the county school districts and Stop the Dealing and Start the Healing to provide an action filled week. The planning committee is following CDC guidelines to have events outdoors and follow safety protocol.  

National Prevention Week, celebrated the week of May 9 – 15th, is a program of SAMHSA-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. Some of this year’s Forest county highlights include bringing nationally known speakers to our area!   National youth speaker Jake White from VIVE 18 will be visit the Forest county schools during the week to speak about sober parties.  The Forest County Potawatomi Tribal community is excited to have comedian Mylo Smith, sharing in a sobriety feast and bringing his sense of humor during these difficult times.

Listed below are activities being planned:

Sunday May 9th a Mother’s Day Golf Scramble will be held at Maplewood Golf Course in Pickerel

Monday May10th Drive in Movie at Laona School 7:30 PM

Tuesday May 11th Sobriety Feast with Comedy show by Mylo Smith at Pow Wow grounds in Carter 6-9 PM

Wednesday May 12th VIVE 18 at Laona School,  at 6:00 PM   parents from Forest County are invited to join Facebook Live with VIVE 18- Jake White

Thursday May 13th VIVE18 at Crandon and Wabeno Schools,  Drumming and Recovery Talking Circle in  Mole Lake at Dinesen House  4 PM

Friday May 14th  The 4th Annual Recovery Walk- Meeting at Stone Lake C-store at 8:00 AM, 8:30 send off  to Dinesen House in Mole Lake with fire, feast , and speakers to follow. Rides and rest stops available.  

Saturday May15th Parade at Noon in Crandon with celebration at Cardinal Park to follow with games, food, prizes, educational materials, and speakers. Forest County is fortunate to have many generous businesses and personal donations that make events like this happen to enhance our county and health. Please join us!

Parenting Online

Join us for eParenting Little Ones and/or Raising High Tech Kids: Surviving and Thriving Online Courses!

  • eParenting Little Ones- for parents and caregivers with children 0-5 years old by Julia Erickson, HDR Educator with Forest County Potawatomi
  • Raising High Tech Kids- for parents and caregivers with children 6-17 years old by Tierany Rugg, HDR Educator for Florence County

To register: or scan the QR code with your phones camera, we look forward to seeing you!

Racing 4 Recovery

Join Brad Seavers and his Racing For Recovery team on Saturday, August 24th at 2 pm at Mole Lake Casino Lodge. This event is free! We will have giveaways and Brad will have his Pro Lite truck along with some of the buggies he races. Fun for the whole family!


The Community Coalition of Forest County would like to invite you to celebrate National Prevention Week (May 12th-19th) with a parade hosted on Crandon Main Street at noon on Saturday, May 18th. Directly following the parade will be a cook-out at the Crandon Community Building featuring
music, speakers, and children’s games.

National Prevention Week is brought to us by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), who sponsors a national campaign that takes place annually. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Action Changing Lives”. This event will raise awareness of the types of services available for Alcohol and Other Drugs (AODA) and educate community members of the ongoing efforts that are taking place to prevent substance abuse and mental health illness.

This a community wide endeavor, involving all three school districts. The schools are invited to participate in the parade, along with their pep bands. Also in attendance will be representatives of both the Potawatomi and Sokaogon Chippewa tribes. We are encouraging business owners, to participate not only to show support for a substance-free lifestyle but also to advertise their businesses as promotors of a better Forest County. A healthy community is very attractive to area visitors and encourages our youth to stay in the area or return here after they graduate from college.

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Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Class

Recently members of the Community Coalition of Forest County discussed ways to approach the underlying issues related to addiction in our county.  The mental health well-being of our youth is one of our greatest concerns and recent actions by various organizations in the county prove that we all are willing to invest time and energy into improving the health and well-being of our residents.

However, sometimes it is not easy to know when and how to help a youth experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem.  That’s why the Community Coalition is sponsoring a one-day free evidence-based training titled “Youth Mental Health First Aid” for school personnel, faith leaders, coaches, and other caring community members who have regular contact with young people ages 12-18. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid participants will gain knowledge of common mental health challenges for youth and learn strategies to help youth in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

The session will be offered on Tuesday, February 12th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Forest County courthouse board room.  Instructors are Sara Foster and Stephanie Feldner of CESA 8. 

The training is free and open to individuals who live or work in Forest county.  Space is limited to 30 participants.  Lunch is provided by the Community Coalition of Forest County.

Online registration is available here or by contacting UW-Extension educator Michelle Gobert at 715-478-7797. 

2018 Laona Red Ribbon Week Events

The Laona School District invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon week during the week of October 22nd.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

For more information about Laona School District’s Red Ribbon Week activities, please contact Jason Bertrand at


2018 Crandon Red Ribbon Walk and Community Café

 This October the Leadership Council at Crandon Middle School is promoting a community-wide Red Ribbon walk and Community Café.The goal of the council is to have students, families and community members join forces to promote the importance of being a drug free community.

   Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign that runs from October 23-31. The walk will begin at 5pm on Wednesday, October 24th and will start at the Courthouse Square, downtown Crandon. We will walk together as a community that stands against drugs from the courthouse to the school using the walking trail.

Along the route, participants will have an opportunity to view positive messages on being drug free which will be posted at local businesses and spots along the trail. Once at the school, a light snack will be served and Mike McGowan, a nationally known trainer, consultant and motivational speaker, will guide a Community Café. The purpose of the café is to give the community stakeholders an informal and safe place to discuss concerns surrounding teen drug use. The stakeholders include family members, community members, business owners and the various community agencies.


5:00-6:00 PM   Red Ribbon Community Walk (Courthouse to School)

          • Gain facts on the importance of being drug free
          • Light snack at the school (Cafeteria)

6:00 PM Mike McGowan – Community Café (HS Gym)

  • Learn about our local data on teen drug use
  • Learn about ways teens are gaining access to drugs

   Please consider joining us in promoting positive and healthy habits for our youth. The entire community is encouraged to wear red on October 24th to show support for Red Ribbon Week. If you have any questions, contact Tina Taylor at 715-478-6166 or