SAFE in Northern Michigan

SAFE in Northern Michigan

“Youth Led, Adult Guided” is the motto of SAFE in Northern Michigan. SAFE includes youth from 11 school districts within three counties: Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet. Our youth meet monthly, usually in their county but via Zoom since March 2020. They typically come together twice a year, too, for training. Youth representatives participate in monthly adult coalition meetings. Our youth-led coalition, with support from the adults, decides on the projects, plans and implements them!

Our Impact Map

We use volunteer geographic information to evaluate our programs across 12 school districts.

About the Project

OUR IMPACT Map ( is created through an open source basemap developed by LeafLet and powered by Open Street Map. These applications are open source and free to use making it an essential tool for non-profits who implement activities across a wide geographic area.

The basemap has been paired with Google Suite to make it accessible to non-technical experts. The data collected across all projects, including the OUR IMPACT program. The data is publicly available on the OUR IMPACT dashboard. The OUR IMPACT program coordinator is responsible for managing the data and resetting the map before each competition period.

The OUR IMPACT Dashboard includes invaluable information about our current activities, the outcome of each activity, and the changes to community health indicators over time. The goal of collecting activity dashboard and comparing it to community health indicators is to measure the success and impact of SAFE in Northern Michigan’s programming, provide instant access to our donors and stakeholders, and engage participating youth in a way that harnesses 21st century technology. SAFE in Northern Michigan measures outcomes across 16 youth led activities and 20 indicators. This criteria measures the actual achievements against set goals and program aims. For a complete list of 2021 indicators, please visit


We are committed to ending substance abuse among youth.

Evaluating Youth Engagement

SAFE in Northern Michigan collaborates with school districts in the region to coordinate 16 activities co-led by high school students. The goal of these activities is to increase awareness of the health impacts of substance abuse and reduce the likelihood of substance abuse among youth in the three counties of Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet.

Capacity Building

The OUR IMPACT Competition allows youth to compete for prizes across eleven school districts in Northern Michigan. The OUR IMPACT map  allows participating youth to register activities and time spent on programming. Each year, the school district and student who completes the most tasks and spends the most amount of time on SAFE in Northern Michigan’s programming will receive a trophy and prize.

Our Impact Map

Pin Prevention Activities

Compare activities across schools

Win prizes

Explore Prevention Organizations

Our goal is to end substance abuse among youth. We work collaboratively with prevention organizations to build capacity and scale their reach. We continue to support organizations doing more for our communities. 


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