StandUP Polk Coalition began in 2005 with a community forum to discuss underage drinking and strategies needed to reduce the growing rates of youth consumption and binge drinking.
In 2006 StandUP Polk and UthMpact (teen coalition) members met to work through a strategic planning framework, including mission statements, bylaws, logic model, action plans and membership recruitment strategies.
Steps were taken to begin projects such as Social Norming Campaigns, awareness raising and membership recruitment events.  Funding came from a Tobacco grant under the Florida Department of Health, as well as, the SARG grants under the Florida Department of Children and Families.
A substantial amount of funding from the Drug Free Communities Grant was awarded in 2010 as well as funding from private groups such as the GiveWell Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland and State Farm.
Currently the Coalition is extremely strong with hundreds of adult and student partners who work within the coalition on projects year round.  Successful Coalition Efforts include:
  • UthMpact Facts Social Norming Campaigns to educate on tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and the abuse of prescription drugs
  • UthMpact Social Marketing Campaigns to educate on bullying and distracted driving
  • 6 permanent drop sites in the county for proper prescription drug disposal
  • Project Prom – an annual formal wear collection and distribution event that educates youth and parents against risky behaviors around prom and graduation time
  • Two drug take back days a year that collects over 3,000 lbs of pills per year
  • The UthMpact Leadership Program that educates youth about their community and utilizes trained youth to run their own coalition, committees and events through the year.
  • Multiple training opportunities for the public, coalition leadership and staff
  • Own the Upside – a social norming and educational program for parents on substance abuse issues and prevention strategies
  • An Annual Prevention Summit continues to educate the community about substance abuse and related trends
  • Over 1,000 hours of service to the community promoting healthy lifestyles each year.

About Our Coalition

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InnerAct Alliance

621 S. Florida Ave

Lakeland, FL 33801


T: 863.802.0777

F: 863.802.0065 

Vision: To be an empowered community to prevent risky behaviors and promote positive actions in order to sustain long term health. 

Mission:  To prevent harm and promote heath through education, public awareness and advocacy.

The StandUP Polk Coalition meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 10:00 a.m. Please contact us for meeting location.   

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