Issue 11-5 | March 7, 2022
Spotlight On: Light & Unite Red Week
March 26 - April 1
Mark your calendars for Light & Unite Red week, which will be held March 26 to April 1 and will coincide with National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. LUR Week gives communities and organizations a chance to connect and educate the community on prevention methods, increase substance abuse awareness, and showcase support in substance abuse recovery. Over the years, organizations and communities all over Milwaukee County hosted week-long LUR events and activities, wore red for substance abuse awareness and even lit up their establishments red. This year, we are looking forward to seeing our partners and other Milwaukee organizations continue to participate in spreading awareness during LUR week.

Check out these trainings hosted by Community Advocates during Light & Unite Red week:

If your organization is interested in hosting events and activities, please send an email to Alexandria Kohn at Follow the Light & Unite Red Facebook page to keep up with upcoming news, events and activities going on in that week.
Webinars & Events
Compassion Resilience Parent/Caregiver Overview Training
Wednesday, March 9
NAMI Southeast Wisconsin and Rogers Behavioral Health are partnering to offer the Compassion Resilience Parent/Caregiver Overview Training for community partners looking to train parents and family caregivers of adolescents with mental health disparities on compassion resilience. The trainings are virtual and are offered free. The training will be held on Wednesday, March 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. To register, email including your name, organization, role, and email.
Trauma and Substance Use Workshop
Wednesday, March 16
Community Advocates is offering a workshop on "Trauma and Substance Use." With this training, participants will gain a better understanding as to how trauma affects the brain, learn risk factors for substance use disorders, and develop their strategy for intervention methods for a particular population. The workshop will be held twice on Wednesday, March 16. Registration is required at the links below.

Virtual QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Training
Thursday, March 17, Tuesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 31
QPR Question, Persuade, Refer's mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. Community Advocates will offer this introductory session via Zoom at no cost. It's open to Milwaukee County residents and those who work with them.

Counter Tools Volunteer Opportunity
March 18 - May 15
Join Community Advocates and Counter Tools in conducting retail store assessments across the Milwaukee County. These surveys provide data to help us understand how young people are influenced by the marketing and availability of tobacco, e-cigarettes, and alcohol. There will be incentives provided for volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity and registration, please email Martha by March 18 at
Finding Your Strength Event
Saturday, March 19
NAMI Southeast Wisconsin is hosting a "Finding Your Strength" wellness event for adults, parents, and teens (14+). This event will promote wellness with activities such as storytelling, creating brave spaces, mindfulness and meditation, art therapy, Reiki and more! The event will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. For more information and to register for this event, click here.
Grab & Go
Wednesday, March 30
Owen’s Place will be hosting a Grab & Go as part of their Light & Unite Red week initiative. The Grab & Go event will include information on available programs and community resources, Light & Unite Red prevention materials, books, journals, snacks, gun locks, pill disposal kits and other items that help promote awareness toward substance abuse. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Owen’s Place located at 4610 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Milwaukee.
Lunch N Learn
Support Ending the Youth Vaping Epidemic
Thursday, April 28
Lunch N Learn is an interactive meeting that focuses on ending the youth vaping epidemic by highlighting the American Heart Association’s Tobacco-Free Schools Toolkit and the American Lunch Association’s signature programs INDEPTH, alternative to suspension program, and Not On Tobacco, youth cessation program. In this meeting there will be program facilitators from Wisconsin INDEPTH and Not On Tobacco who will be sharing their experiences with the programs at their schools. If you are interested in attending this meeting, click here to register.
Addressing Drug-Related Stigma & Bias Workshop
Monday, April 25
Health Resources in Action is presenting a workshop sponsored by Alliance for Wisconsin Youth and Community Advocates Public Policy Institute that will discuss drug-related stigma at the community, individual, and structural level. You will be given tools to learn how to examine personal biases and challenge drug-related stigma at the interpersonal level. The workshop will be held via Zoom on Monday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are interested in registering, email Hannah Lepper at
Prescription Drug Safety Digital Resources
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is coming up this month, March 21-March 27. The Prescription Drug Safety Network’s initiative is offering free digital lessons for high school students. These interactive lessons will help inform students about the risks of prescription drug abuse and misuse by discussing how to read and understand prescription labels, including caution or risk statements, the brain science of addiction, personal stories and more. Teachers and counselors are encourage to use these resources for their students. For access to these digital lessons, click here.
Family Resources
Feelings Thermometer
The Feelings Thermometer is a visual tool that helps you (kids and adults) measure how you are doing emotionally and what steps you can take to shift your mood when ​things are getting tough. From the Office of Children's Mental Health, it's available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and many other languages. You can download it here.
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