Youth Advocacy Groups

Take Charge Challenge

The 2016 Take Charge Challenge offers youth advocacy groups in Linn, Benton and Jones Counties an opportunity to be guided through the steps needed to create change in their community. Points are awarded for successful completion of various substance abuse prevention activities conducted throughout the year. To participate in the Take Charge Challenge, please download the Take Charge Challenge 2015-2016 form. This form should be updated and submitted monthly to to reflect activities conducted by your group. Prizes will be awarded to three groups with the highest number of points at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

Take Charge Conference

On September 29th, 2015, the Area Substance Abuse Council held its 21st Annual Take Charge conference, an event specifically designed for active high school students who want to be leaders in their schools and communities. This year featured a high turnout, comprising over 100 youth from schools in Linn, Benton, and Jones Counties. The conference served as an event that energized youth advocacy efforts, while also underscoring the power of students to affect positive change in ways they may not have been previously realized. It also provided an opportunity for the students to interact with those from other school districts, promoting a strong sense of unity throughout the group. Next year’s Take Charge conference will be held in the fall of 2016.

For More Information

Call the ASAC Prevention Office at (319) 390-1884 or email

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