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Student Groups

The SUP Coalition sponsors 6 student groups in the following high schools:

Becker, Big Lake, Elk River, Rogers, Spectrum, and Zimmerman.

The student groups plan and carry out prevention activities within their schools and communities.  They want to provide an environment that fosters positive choices and leadership opportunities.  

Student Group Facts:
  • Current student groups are:

    • Big Lake's "EPIC" (Encouraging Positive Influences & Choices) 

    • Roger's Student Council

    • If you don't see a group at your school, help create one or use an existing group! 

  • A school staff member at each school serves as the advisor to the group.

  • Students may earn community service hours and/or letter for some of their work. 

  • Gain leadership skills and learn how to advocate for positive change.

  • Provide factual information about drug use and highlight how alternative activities exist without the presence of alcohol and other drugs.

  • Membership is open to all students at participating schools.  There is NO cost to join!

Want to be involved? 

Contact the advisor at your high school:

  • Big Lake EPIC: Ms. Brenda Larson

  • Rogers Student Council: Ms. Flood

  • If you don't see a group at your school, help create one or use an existing group! 

If you are unable to participate in the student group at your school but would like to volunteer, contact SUP Coalition staff for volunteer opportunities.

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Be Real Campaign

Be Real is a student-led campaign that highlights the majority of students that do not use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Many students perceive that more of their classmates are drinking, smoking, or vaping than what is actually occurring. In a typical month, MOST Sherburne County high schoolers choose not to vape or drink alcohol. 


Students want their peers to know that although it might seem like everyone drinks or vapes, most don’t.  They ask their peers to “Be Real” and share their own personal reasons why they choose not to use.  Reasons vary from sports, music, faith, health, family, friends, and education.  There are hundreds of reasons why students choose not to use.  What's Yours? 

Check out the Be Real videos made by high school students from Becker, Big Lake, Elk River, Spectrum, and Zimmerman!

sticker shock Campaign

Sticker Shock is a community awareness activity designed to remind people 21 and older that it is unacceptable and illegal to provide alcohol to underage individuals. This activity aims to reduce underage drinking by limiting access to alcohol. 


Students involved in Sticker Shock place stickers and bottle hangers on alcoholic beverages that might appeal to underage drinkers with a warning message about the penalties for providing alcohol to anyone under 21.  


This activity typically occurs before prom and graduation season as celebrations with alcohol are common and can turn dangerous for underage drinkers.

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Additional projects/activities
  • Teach/present to elementary and middle school students 

  • Create educational materials

  • Manage group's social media account(s)

  • Host uplifting activities and events to engage your peers

  • Attend local and national trainings

  • Help advocate for local and state policy change 

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