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past news stories


March 4, 2020

We have a new Coordinator for the Houghton-Keweenaw CTC Coordinator, Hannah Butkovich! Heather Saari is taking on a new role within Dial Help.  

Hannah was born and raised in Escanaba, and moved to the Houghton area 3 years ago. She has an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts and has worked in the mental health field for 8 years.  She loves to read, camp, and spend time with her 2 children and her husband, Jodi. 

February 24, 2020

We're working with our sister Communities That Care coalitions across the Upper Peninsula to raise awareness on the risks of marijuana for teens. Marijuana is legal in Michigan now, but legal for adults does NOT mean safe for youth. Learn more about the dangers and how you can help keep our teens from smoking or ingesting marijuana at www.UPCNetwork.org/marijuana 

January 28, 2020

In partnership with Beyond the Save and our sister coalitions in UP Coalition Network, our CTC is distributing prescription drug lock boxes for free in the community.  The goal is to promote safe storage of opioids and other drugs to ensure they aren't accessed by youth or others vulnerable to developing a Substance Use Disorder. Contact us to learn more! 

December 10, 2019

Our coalition is currently working on our data and making some adjustment to our work groups. This is a great time to join in and make a difference in our community by putting your skills to work! Only a few hours of your time each month can help us make a real impact in the Copper Country.

November 4, 2019

We're holding a coffee fundraiser to benefit the CTC! Gourmet coffee grounds are available for $15 per bag. Support local youth-focused prevention and get some warm, yummy coffee to see you through winter!

October 21, 2019

Teen Outreach Program (TOP Club) is back for the new school year! TOP Club is a free after-school group for middle and high schoolers that offers a fun way to build resilience and leadership skills. It includes hands-on lessons, activities, and community service.  Students will get a chance to participate in kayaking, skiing, rock climbing, camping, and more.

Teen Outreach Program is an evidence-based prevention program, and the goal is to help students be better able to navigate challenges, and to succeed in school and in life.  Visit our events page for a full schedule.  Funded by Portage Health Foundation.

October 2, 2019

We were at Send Silence Packing, hosted by Michigan Tech's Wellness Group on campus! For more than a decade, the Send Silence Packing® exhibit has traveled the country to end the silence that surrounds mental health and suicide and connect visitors with resources for support and action.

Send Silence Packing encourages people to seek out resources for themselves, friends, or loved ones. Trained professionals are on hand at each stop and thousands of mental health resources are distributed. 

September 1, 2019

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. We are having a variety of suicide prevention events, including Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training and a Live for Tomorrow walk.  We're also participating in the first UP Wide Preventing Suicide with our sister CTC coalitions across the UP!

August 10, 2019

About 130 people attended our Second Annual Family Fun Fair at Saints Peter & Paul Lutheran Church! This free event promoted sober family activities and provided resources and information on suicide prevention, substance use, and more to parents and youth.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and sponsored: Walmart Houghton , Pat's Foods, Vollwerth's, Hancock Bottling, Superior Equipment & Events, A-1 Toilets, Houghton Fire Department, Stewart Krumm II, Riku F. Lion from Finlandia,  Andy Kalcich, Gail Ploe, Mandy Koskiniemi Daniels, and our Youth Involvement work group. 

July 11, 2019

We are excited to announce the first ever “UP Wide Preventing Suicide” walk, run, and bike event to be held the last weekend in September! Our coalition is collaborating with the other Communities That Cares serving all 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula to spread awareness of suicide warning signs and resources for help.

You can learn more about the event and how to participate online at www.UPCNetwork.org/spw  #StigmaStopsHere906

June 13, 2019

Thank you to all those who attended our Revitalization Meeting! We are excited for existing members and new members to bring their skills and time to our coalition. Big thanks to TV6 News for covering the event. If you'd like to get involved with CTC, contact us or fill out our interest form. When the community works together to support our youth, they can truly thrive!

May 20, 2019

Our coalition has a new Coordinator--welcome Heather Saari! Heather is local to the area, and a graduate of Finlandia University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. 

In the coming weeks Heather will be reaching out to current coalition members and scheduling new work group meetings. Stay up-to-date with our Google calendar.  

March 4, 2019
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training is now available in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties at no cost for the trainer's time! Thank you to Superior Health Foundation for funding this, and to our volunteer QPR trainer Lauren Kirwin.​

April 12, 2018
Our newsletters are back! Watch for a new one each quarter. You can view our most recent newsletter here

March 4, 2018
Click here to check out this excellent interview with our CTC members Ray Sharp, Nila Coponen, and Hayley Beaudoin. Nila and Hayley are both local high schoolers, and Ray is part of the Western UP Health Department. Thanks to  Rick Allen of Keweenaw Report for hosting the interview!

January 22, 2018
Our "Create the Logo Contest" deadline has been extended to February 16. Youth in grades 6 through 12 are eligible to enter. The winner will receive a $50 pre-paid Visa card! Find more information here.

December 18, 2017
Michigan Tech students can now intern with CTC to earn up to three credits, while supporting local youth and earning real-world experience that can be used on resumes and grad school applications! Learn more here

December 1, 2017
We're excited to announce our Create the Logo Contest! Youth in grades 6 through 12 are eligible to create and submit a logo for our CTC. The winner will receive a $50 prepaid Visa card.

October 24, 2017
Our CTC had a table at the Copper Country Human Services Expo. This was a great chance for people to learn more about the agencies and services available in our area. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to learn more about CTC!

October 4, 2017
Our CTC was present at Dial Help and Portage Health Foundation's CRAVE21 in-school event with Rise Together. Over 1,100 Copper Country students learned about mental health and addiction, helping to break the stigma and silence around these topics that can make it difficult to reach out for help.

August 19, 2017
We are currently collecting Econo Foods receipts as a fundraiser for our CTC. You can bring receipts to any work group meeting, or drop them off at Dial Help. Thank you Tadycnh's Econo Foods for your support!

June 19, 2017
Voting is still open for priority risk factors in our community. We also have a presentation available about our local risk factors here.  

June 6, 2017
Voting for priority risk factors in our community is now open! Help us narrow the results of the CTC Youth Survey down to two risk factors to focus on. 

May 30, 2017
The Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council awarded our CTC a grant to cover costs for our first Suicide Prevention Walk in September. Thank you KCF YAC for your support!

May 24, 2017
Our findings from the CTC Youth Survey are now available! Thanks to all participating schools, and to our CTC members who worked so hard to put the report together. You can find the full report here.

April 19, 2017
We're excited to announce that our CTC has a new Coordinator! Megan Giacoletto is taking over this role effective immediately. Thank you to our previous coordinator, Krissy Putz, for all her hard work and dedication. Krissy will be the new Outreach Coordinator at Dial Help. We wish Krissy the best of luck!

February 3, 2017
We're excited to announce that we have received the results of the CTC Youth Survey! Our Risk and Protective Factors Work Group will be working with the raw data over the next few months to prepare a report for the community. A big thank you to all the schools that participated in the survey.

January 30, 2017
Our Suicide Prevention work group has joined with the local Suicide Prevention Coalition. We're proud of the consistent support and willingness to collaborate we've experienced as CTC continues to grow in the community.

January 10, 2017
We had 16 people attend our latest Community Board Orientation Training. Exciting to see our CTC continue growing! Remember that you can join CTC at any time, and begin attending work groups even before you attend training.

January 2, 2017
Our next Community Board Orientation Training for new members is now scheduled. We also have a date set for our first Community Board Meeting, where members of all work groups will get together to touch base. Visit our events page for more info!

December 5, 2016
The Surgeon General's new report "Facing Addiction in America" mentions CTC as an effective, evidence-based intervention to help combat addiction in communities! Check out page 15 in Chapter Three for more info.

November 17, 2016
Our CTC's article for the wellness section of The Daily Mining Gazette this month was about bullying. Find more info about how to prevent and respond to bullying by clicking here.

November 7, 2016
Our website has a new resources section, with links to three local resource databases. Click here to check it out!

September 12, 2016Voting is now open for our CTC's vision statement! We need at least 150 votes to make our vision statement official. Voting will run through September 26. 

September 5, 2016
Did you catch all three articles about our CTC in the Daily Mining Gazette in the last few days? There were two on September 2, and one on September 5. Thanks to reporter Graham Jaehnig for his continued commitment to our local CTC. Media coverage makes a huge difference in spreading the word!

August 26, 2016
CTC Community Board Training: Part Two took place at the Shelden Grill in Houghton. We decided on work groups to participate in, and began working on the CTC vision statement. Training events for new members will be on-going. 

August 24, 2016
Check out our article on talking to your kids about underage drinking in the Wellness Section of today's Daily Mining Gazette! Did you know that 80% of kids believe their parents should have a say in whether they drink alcohol?

August 19, 2016
Our Community Board Training: Part One was a success! We had 45 people total sign up for the Community Board, with about half able to attend our first training. We learned about the science of CTC and why it works. Those who couldn't make Part One will be attending make-up sessions in September.

August 7, 2016
Check out our radio interview with Rick Allen on The Keweenaw Report Copper Country Today! Click here to listen. Excited to have another Key Leader in media supporting the CTC in Houghton and Keweenaw counties.

August 6, 2016
Another article about CTC on the front page of The Daily Mining Gazette today! Thanks to reporter Graham Jaehnig for his continued dedication to spreading the word about CTC in our community. This is a great example of how Key Leaders can use their resources to support CTC.

July 26, 2016
CTC participated in Dial Help's event "Talk. They Hear You." This community event is an opportunity for parents to learn how to talk to their child about underage drinking. If you weren't able to attend, click here to learn more about starting a conversation with your child today.

July 2, 2016
Not one but two front-page articles about our CTC in today's Daily Mining Gazette! Thanks to reporter Graham Jaehnig for the excellent coverage. These are just the first in a series of articles about the CTC, so keep your eyes peeled for more to come.

June 28, 2016

Forty people attended the CTC Key Leader Orientation held today! Key Leaders are a vital part of the CTC process, as their support helps spread the word and let the community know that CTC is serious in our mission to prevent youth problem behaviors. Such a big turnout of Key Leaders just goes to show that Houghton and Keweenaw counties really are Communities That Care.