We wish you the very best
holiday season filled with family and food and fun! Speaking of Filled… (see
what we did there?), please kindly consider a donation to help fill the
stockings of those served by our prevention agency and earn a tax break before
Here are some options that would GREATLY assist in fulfilling our mission:
Hard Candy Christmas: Our teachers enjoy
giving fun incentives such as bookmarks, stickers, candy, etc. to students
enrolled in the Bullying and Drug Prevention courses offered by our agency to
encourage and reward them for completing homework assignments with their
parents. Unfortunately, there was no money in this year’s tight budget to
purchase incentives. Your generous donation of $60/class would help so much
(.25 x 10 wks. x 24 kids for 625 classes).
Main Branches: Prevention Education
is one of our most pivotal programs. Our agency’s 12 teachers teach prevention
strategies to Fourth through Ninth Grade classes throughout Polk
County to help students learn to stand firm against risky behaviors. Your
generous donation of $777 would help fund materials for a class ($777 x 52
classes - $41,181).
Shining Moments: UthMpact (our youth
leadership program) has two great projects, Project Prom & Project HOCO, to
collect and gift formal wear to teens. Donations are made free to deserving
students in exchange for signing a Prom Promise to keep themselves and their
friends safe from risky behaviors on Prom or Homecoming night. You and/or your
organization can help by hosting a formal wear drive or making a donation that
can be used to purchase formal wear. Especially needed are larger-size dresses
and smaller-size men’s wear. Accessories, jewelry, and shoes are also needed. Suggested
donation of $50.00 would go a long way to providing a new formal wear
outfit for teens in need!
is unique program, spearheaded by InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk, UthMpact,
business and community partners, that helps teens develop crucial leadership skills.
Members of UthMpact
Leadership Class IXhave been
busy in the community this Fall with great experiences during monthly Leadership
Days, organizing successful Project Homecoming Shopping Days, and volunteering
at the Red Ribbon 15K, 5K & Kids Fun Run.
Leadership Day, themed “Education”, began at Family Fundamentals and
Explorations V where UthMpact teens explored the Museum and learned about community
resources offered for early childhood education. Next, it was on to iMagination
Inc. on the campus of Lake Region High School which offers a special marketing,
technology, and graphic design curriculum to provide students with job-ready
skills to prepare for careers in public relations, advertising, graphic design,
event planning, and sales. The academy partners with Polk State College to offer
students dual enrollment classes and help them jumpstart their college
continued with a stop at Crystal Lake Community Partnership where student
leaders toured the new health clinic and learned about programs offered for the
community. The UthMpact group headed to Florida Polytechnic for lunch followed by
a campus tour. The final stop of the day was at New Beginnings High School, a
school that provides second chances. During the visit, the students heard
testimonies from New Beginnings students on how the school and its programs has
provided them with support along with the opportunity to earn a High School diploma.
teen leaders hosted several successful Project Homecoming Shopping Days on Saturdays during September and October to provide formal wear to teens
at the Project Homecoming store in Lakeland Square Mall. During Shopping Days, the UthMpact
members experience all aspects of running a successful retail operation, including
greeting customers, assisting teens with choosing outfits, coordinating
dressing room visits, checking customers out and encouraging everyone to sign a
Project Prom/Homecoming Pledge.
InnerAct Alliance and the StandUP Polk Coalition were proud to partner with
the DEA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to host an informative Opioids 101 Training on December 12, 2019 that
was attended by over 50 members of the staff, coalition, and community.
enjoyed the opportunity to hear prevention professionals speak on the topics of
"Opioid 101 Heroin & Other Opioids", "How to Talk with Your
Kids about Anything”, and “Nuts & Bolts of Organizing and Delivering
Presentations” and discuss ways we can work as a community to help fight the
Opioid crisis. The event was held at Southside Baptist Church in Lakeland.
Successful Annual Own The Upside Prevention Summit
Alliance and the StandUP Polk Coalition, along with our sponsorship partners
Publix Super Markets Charities, Florida Department of Health-Polk County, Tobacco
Free Florida, and SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco), were proud to host the
Annual Own The Upside Prevention Summiton
October 14, 2019 at the Heartland Church in Winter Haven to discuss important
issues facing our community. Nearly 125 participants attendees enjoyed learning
from guest speakers who shared a realistic view of current drug trends, human
trafficking, autism awareness, the E-epidemic, youth vaping and juuling, and the
importance of internet safety.
Fall 2019 DEA Prescription Drug Take Back
Nets Over 2,000 Pounds of Medication
StandUP Polk and
local law enforcement agencies were proud to participate in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back
event on October 26, 2019 for residents to turn in expired or unwanted human
and pet medication. The DEA
also accepted vaping pens and other e-cigarette devices at drop off locations. Kudos
to Polk agencies for collecting an estimated 2083.58 pounds of pharmaceuticals that were safely
disposed of via incineration. This latest event brings the total for
collections held in Polk County to 20,656 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals dating
back to 2010.
621 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL, United States
InnerAct Alliance, formerly the Drug Prevention Resource Center, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency established in 1985 to reduce the abuse and underage use of harmful substances along with involvement in other risky behaviors through: Community Awareness and Involvement; Prevention Education; Economic Support; and Leadership Development.
The agency provides substance abuse prevention programs in the Hardee, Highlands and Polk county areas in Central Florida.
InnerAct Alliance also serves as the fiscal agent for the StandUP Polk (adult-based) and UthMpact (youth-based) Coalitions for a Drug-Free Polk. We invite concerned citizens to take an active part in monthly Coalition meetings in Lakeland, FL.
For information, please call InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777.