Friday, September 16, 2016

UthMpact Coordinates 2016 Project Hoco Shopping Days Saturdays, September 17 & 24, 2016

UthMpact Coordinates 2016 Project Hoco Shopping Days
Saturdays, September 17 & 24, 2016

Polk County, FL – With Fall football games in full swing that means it’s time to celebrate Homecoming! For the past several years, teen leaders from UthMpact have successfully coordinated Project Prom to provide formal wear to deserving high school students, and now, UthMpact is proud to present the second year of Project Hoco to offer free dresses and suits to teens who promise to make smart, healthy, and safe decisions on the night of homecoming.

Student Shopping Days for Project Hoco will be held this Saturday, September 17 and next Saturday, September 24, from 10:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m., at the InnerAct Alliance office located at 621 South Florida Avenue, in Lakeland. Students with a Polk County School ID can sign a Project Hoco Pledge to celebrate drug-free and receive their dresses and suits for FREE!

Community members are also asked to support this effort by donating gently used dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, men’s suits, ties, and other accessories. Formal wear donations may be dropped off at the InnerAct Alliance office on either of the shopping dates or on weekdays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

UthMpact’s goal is promote a fun and safe Homecoming night. For more information, please contact Samantha Barwig, UthMpact Coordinator, at (863) 802-0777.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

InnerAct Alliance supports National Eat with your Family Day Monday, September 26, 2016

CASA Family Day is a national movement to celebrate parental engagement
 as an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free.

Monday, September 26, 2016

To celebrate Family Day, we ask you to post your #myfamilyselfie photos on social media.

It’s Simple to Participate!
Gather your family for dinner at home or at a restaurant
Snap a picture or video of everyone enjoying spending time together
Share the image on social media using hashtag #myfamilyselfie on Family Day, September 26, 2016
Tag two friends and challenge them to share their own #myfamilyselfie photos!

Begin with posting your #myfamilyselfie on and take the Parent Pledge to become a Family Day STAR!
Locally, help support the Red Ribbon Campaign by participating as a family at the Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K and sign your kids up for the FREE Kids’ Fun Run on Saturday, November 12, 2016. More information is available at

Post Today on InnerAct Alliance’s Facebook page and be
Entered in a Drawing for FREE Red Ribbon 5K registration!

For more information, please visit or call (863) 802-0777

Tuesday, September 6, 2016



Polk County, FL – InnerAct Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2016-2017 Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) Grant in the amount of $125,000 by the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA). The grant provides community coalitions needed support to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse.

InnerAct Alliance, formerly the Drug Prevention Resource Center, has worked diligently since 1985 to reduce the abuse and underage use of harmful substances along with involvement in other risky behaviors while supporting positive healthy decisions through: Community Awareness and Support; Prevention Education; Economic Impact; and Leadership Development. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serves as the fiscal agent for the StandUP Polk (adult-based) and UthMpact (youth-based) Coalitions to help educate about the dangers of substance abuse and bring about positive change for Polk County.

“We are honored to be named as a recipient of the DFC grant for our community!” said Angie Ellison, executive director. “StandUP Polk, UthMpact, and InnerAct Alliance are blessed with the support of an active group of concerned citizens, community leaders, parents, youth, educators, health care, business professionals, law enforcement, and local media dedicated to prevention initiatives for reducing substance abuse. The funding over a period of five years will allow our coalition efforts to continue to grow and expand to strengthen our community.”

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is a collaborative effort between the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ONDCP issues grant awards to community coalitions through an interagency agreement with SAMHSA. According to the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, the purpose of DFC funding is to address two major goals: 1) establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, and Federal, state, local and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions, and 2) reduce substance use among youth and, over time, among adults.

For additional information on StandUP Polk, UthMpact, and InnerAct Alliance’s prevention programs and services in the community, please contact InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Register Today to RUN BIG at the Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Run

Join Us for all the Fun on Saturday, November 12, 2016!
Register Today at

A Special Thank You To Our Teachers!

A Special Thank You to Teachers, especially those at InnerAct Alliance!

Congrats on a job well done to:

Tammy Coker

Amy Custred
Charlie Davis
Beverly Feddeler
Kelley Hutchison
Deanne Labozzetta
Kim Martin
Susan White

We would like to share some of the kind comments that have been written about our
Program Specialists for Science-Based Prevention at School.

Too Good for Drugs – Amy Custred, Central McKeel
“Mrs. Custred did a great job! Our students loved the active learning skits, games, role-play,
and prizes she used to keep them engaged. Thank you for offering a great program!

Too Good for Drugs – Charlie Davis, South McKeel Academy
“Mrs. Davis is a fantastic presenter because her concern for these kids
to have a bright future reflects in everything she does!”

Keep A Clear Mind – Kelley Hutchison & Deanne Labozzetta, Lincoln Academy
“Mrs. Hutchison and Mrs. Labozzetta are amazing teachers!
They give our students valuable tools to help them with peer pressure.
They provide insight on the different types of drugs and their effects on the body.
The students look forward to their lessons. They are a great team and fantastic to work with!”

Social Norms – Beverly Feddeler, Tammy Coker & Kim Martin, Bartow High School, Summerlin, IB
“Thank you for coming to Bartow High! We love the program and what you are able to do with students.
Social Norms are an effective tool to help students know the facts when they are faced with
peer pressure and encouraging them that they are not alone in the fight to make healthy choices.
InnerAct Alliance is a wonderful organization and a treasure for the Central Florida community!”

Project ALERT – Susan White, Magnolia Montessori Academy
“Mrs. White interacted very professionally with the students. The content was informative and her manner
of presentation kept the students’ attention. The students benefitted greatly from Project ALERT
and will be able to stand against peer pressure and substance abuse when the time comes.”

Prevention In Our Schools

Prevention In Our Schools

Back to School means back to the classroom not just for students, but also for their dedicated teachers.  Our agency provides substance abuse prevention education programs in the Hardee, Highlands, and Polk county areas with efforts that include science-based education programs to over 15,000 students in elementary, middle, and high schools.

At InnerAct Alliance, we have an amazing staff who present prevention education programs such as Keep A Clear Mind, Too Good for Drugs and Violence, Project ALERT, The PAX Good Behavior Game, Project Towards No Drug Abuse, as well as Social Norms in schools. These best practice educational programs have been proven to positively influence students’ attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions regarding alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug use, bullying, violence, and other risky behaviors. 

Keep a Clear Mind (4th Grade): Keep a Clear Mind is a prevention course that features a series of 30-minute lessons focusing on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and a final gateway drug review. The program is specifically designed with take home activities for parent/guardian and children to complete together and help create open lines of communication between parent and child. After four weeks of classroom-based lessons, a parent newsletter is sent home for five weeks to further assist parents in discussing substance abuse prevention with their children.

Too Good for Drugs (K-8th Grade)
: Too Good for Drugs is a ten-week program with lessons focusing on character-building attributes to assist students in resisting alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, bullying, fighting, and other risky behaviors using communication skills, tolerance, goal-setting, resistance skills and more. The program helps to build awareness of healthy life skills and promotes unity among students and throughout the school.

Too Good for Drugs and Violence (TGFV): Too Good for Drugs and Violence is a school-based violence prevention and character education program designed to enhance pro-social behaviors and skills and improve protective factors related to conflict and violence. TGFV has a developmentally appropriate curriculum for each grade through 8th grade, plus a separate high school curriculum for 9-12 grade students.

Project ALERT (6th-7th Grade): Project ALERT is a school-based prevention program for middle school students that focuses on alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use. It seeks to prevent adolescent nonusers from experimenting with these drugs, and to prevent youth who are already experimenting from becoming more regular users or abusers. Based on the social influence model of prevention, the program is designed to help motivate young people to avoid using drugs and teach them the critical skills needed to understand and resist pro-drug social influences.

PAX Good Behavior Game (K-5th Grade): 
The PAX Good Behavior Game is an environmental intervention used in the classroom with young children to create an environment that is conducive to learning. The intervention is designed to reduce off-task behavior, increase attentiveness, and decrease aggressive and disruptive behavior and shy and withdrawn behavior. The program also aims to improve academic success, as well as mental health and substance use outcomes later in life. 

Tools for Back to School

Tools for Back To School

With the calendar page turning to August, most of us are savoring the last leisurely summer days before it’s time to head back to school. The end of summer is a great time to make sure the lines of communication are open to build and maintain a trusting relationship with your child.

Along with purchasing the new school supplies, clothing, shoes, and backpacks your kids will need for a successful school year, make time to talk about the upcoming school year, concerns they may have, and discuss the importance of choosing a healthy life without alcohol and drugs.

Getting into a back-to-school routine can often be difficult for families. According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, teens cite "coping with school stress" as a major reasons many of them turn to drugs. Beginning a new school year can mean adjusting to new friends, new teachers, more difficult homework, challenging classes, or maybe even an entirely new school. Social anxiety and peer pressure also add to concerns for youth. While there is no way to completely eliminate social pressures from a child's life, parents can help ease stress and better prepare their child by taking time to discuss possible scenarios they may face.

The good news is research shows that teens who learn about the risks from a parent or other caring adults are less likely to use drugs or alcohol. So, talk to your kids about their day and listen to what they say. Let them know that you care about them and strongly disapprove of their using drugs. They will listen! 

For tips on how to talk to your kids, call InnerAct Alliance at 802-0777 or visit