Montcalm Wellness Youth Committee
The Montcalm Youth Wellness Committee was formed in 2017 to empower young people in Montcalm County to make good choices for their health and well-being and to develop leadership skills to facilitate positive, social change. Given the tools to recognize and analyze the risk factors and local conditions that affect health and substance use in their own schools and communities, the students can identify and tackle the issues important to them. They become more involved in community organizing activities, and civically and politically engaged.
This county-wide group currently includes youth from Carson City-Crystal, Lakeview, Greenville, Tri County and Vestaburg public schools. They meet on the second Sunday of each month in the evenings. Projects have included being part of Greenville Public School’s anti-vaping team; Sticker Shock, an initiative to bring awareness of the problem of underage drinking in partnership with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s department; Benice.; attendance at prevention conferences and symposiums; support for county vaping ordinance; and more. Any Montcalm County youth from 8th to 12th grade is encouraged to attend meetings and get involved with the group.
National Youth Leadership Institute
Twice a year, in February and July, youth have the opportunity to attend the National Youth Leadership Institute as part of CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) annual trainings. Over twenty students from Montcalm County have already attended these week-long trainings in cities like Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, and Dallas, Texas.