College Friends
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:

    • Becker's "Dream Team" (Drug Related Education & Awareness Mentors)

    • Big Lake's "E.P.I.C." (Encouraging Positive Influences & Choices) 

    • Elk River's "E.P.I.C." (Encouraging Positive Influences & Choices) (Currently Inactive)

    • Roger's "Dream Team" (Drug Related Education & Awareness Mentors) (Currently Inactive)

    • Spectrum's "Sobriety Squad" (Currently Inactive)

    • Zimmerman's "Heroes" (Currently Inactive)

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

  • Students may earn community service hours 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:

  • Becker: Ms. Tushar 

  • Big Lake: Ms. Brenda Larson

  • Spectrum: Mr. Skog

  • Elk River: Ms. Ohlgren

  • Zimmerman: Mr. Sagan

  • Rogers: Mr. Ryan Johnson

 

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.

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 do not drink, smoke, vape, or use other drugs. 

 

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. 

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.  

 

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.

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 

 

 

Resources are available for students and young adults that have questions about substance use and abuse. 

Websites: 

Many are interactive and address multiple topics.  Check them out!

  • Above the Influence                                                             
    Every teen's life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. ATI's goal has always been to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. (The ATI program is no longer active, however they still have information and resources provided on their website.)

  • Collateral Consequences                                                                                                                                                                 Learn about the consequences that can occur based on your actions. 

  • Just Think Twice                                                                                                                                                                           Get the facts about drugs.

  • MADD-Power of You(th)                                                                             
    MADD wants youth to know the facts about underage drinking and why it is so important to make good choices. They offer a toolkit for student leaders so they can empower others to stand against underage drinking.
       

  • Natural High 

      Natural High exists to inspire and empower youth to find their natural high and develop the skills and courage to           live life well. 

STUDENT Resources 
Student PROJECTS