A.C.T.I.O.N. (Active Coalition That Influences Outcomes in this Neighborhood), founded by and is an extension of C.L.A.S.S. (Changing Lives and Staying Sober), is a coalition made up of 12 influential community sectors that have joined together for the common purpose of addressing the rampant, systemic and generational use of underage drinking, drug and tobacco use and its impact upon the youth in the 48219 zip code area.  

A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition’s Mission is to plan and implement environmental strategies to prevent and reduce youth substance use and its associated consequences. 

Statistics show that children and youth are exposed to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs now more than ever before.  In one study, high school students report that it’s easiest to obtain alcohol than the other substance. 

Many youth began experimenting with using alcohol, drugs and/or tobacco as early as or before the age of 13.  There are many factors that contribute to alcohol, drug and the use of tobacco.  They include: easy accessibility (prescription drugs which includes medicinal marijuana), peer pressure, abuse, and depression; problems in the home (i.e. children of divorced parents), poor grades, and mental health challenges. 

Some major public health issues caused by underage use of alcohol include: drinking and driving, suicide, sexual assault, physical fights, injuries under the influence as well as the effects it has upon non-drinkers.  Every facet of our community is impacted by the consequences of our youth using alcohol, drugs and tobacco impacts every part of our community.

A.C.T.I.O.N. meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m.  We come together to: develop action plans, devise ways to implement our plans within the community, report our successes, brainstorm ways to improve, evaluate and celebrate our success as well support every sector represented in their efforts to make our community as free as possible. 


There is an ancient, but still applicable, African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”.  We would like to add, “It takes a village to save a child.”  By partnering with our community’s parents and others to support and help reduce risky behaviors, we can influence our youth to choose safer alternatives. C.L.A.S.S.- A.C.T.I.O.N. is a movement, a group of concerned people working together to help protect our at-risk youth from underage drinking, drugs and tobacco use.

Therefore, the following sector representatives have partnered with us to make this coalition successful.  They include:  Law Enforcement, Business, Schools, Church/Religious, State, Local (Government), Healthcare, Youth, Youth Organization, Parents, Media, Community Organizations, etc.)

17405 Lahser Street, 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI  48219
If you would like to join the A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition to represent one of the needed sectors or, to participate in any way, or to receive more information, please call 313-412-2160. 

Project A.S.S.E.R.T.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. DHH Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) from 1993‐1997, Project ASSERT has been an ongoing component of safety net services at the Boston Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) since 1998.


Health Promotion Advocates

A team of Health Promotion Advocates (HPAs) consult and collaborate with hospital staff to offer ED patients alcohol and drug screening, brief intervention, and referrals to health and social resources, such as substance abuse treatment and primary care services. Project ASSERT ‘s HPAs affirm the dignity of patients and their cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and values during their hospital visit by establishing a relationship with patients based on emotional support and advocacy. This gives patients an opportunity to consider making healthier changes in a non‐judgmental environment. For patients with risky alcohol and drug use, HPAs have a Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI), a motivational interviewing conversation, to help them explore how ready they are to make any changes, to assist them in developing a behavior change action plan, and to connect them to any needed services.



 Project ASSERT served as a model for SAMHSA’s National SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) programs that address the treatment gap for the those with addictions and the unmet needs of the population whose unhealthy alcohol and drug use puts them at risk for injury, illness, legal and mental health and social problems. The Project ASSERT model was recognized in 2012 for the high quality of its supporting research and dissemination materials by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practice.

Alcohol & Substances Abuse Services, Education, and Referral to Treatment

The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) is delivered in seven parent, youth, and family sessions using narrated videos portraying typical youth and parent situations with diverse families.

The program is taught with 7-10 families over seven weeks, usually in the evenings. It is recommended that the group size be smaller when dealing with families where parents have begun to have concerns over the problematic behavior of their youth.

This scientifically tested curriculum:

  • helps parents/caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their children,

  • teaches parents/caregivers how to effectively discipline and guide their youth,

  • gives youth a healthy future orientation and an increased appreciation of their parents/caregivers, and

  • teaches youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure.

If you are interested in participating in this program, or hosting this program in your school, church, or community center, please feel free to contact us!

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