SAMHSA Grant Program

SAMHSA Grant Program is the source of funding for this project: “The HERO Coalition website was developed [in part] under a grant number 1H79SP020473-01 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS.”

Featured Partners


Hazelden, a leader in treatment and prevention, has programs aimed at teen and young adult addiction, and drug rehab. Preventing the start of negative behaviors in youth is an important foundation of every healthy family and community. Hazelden is the leading provider of evidence-based prevention curriculum to K-12 educators and other social-services organizations nationwide.

TreeHouse Inc.

TreeHouse works to bring living hope to hurting youth and families leading to life transformation. TreeHouse staff are grounded in the core values of G.R.A.C.E.(Growth, Relationships, Authenticity & Accountability, Community, Empowerment).

Laketown Gym

Laketown Gym is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Laketown Gym offers many opportunities to get out and have fun including open Teen Nights. Check them out!

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Search Institute 

The Search Institute helps organizations “Gain insight into middle and high school students’ social and emotional skills.”


Bridge For Youth

The Bridge For Youth is a safe and welcoming place for youth ages 10-17 in the Twin Cities who have no one to turn to, nowhere to go. With a dedicated staff and strong support from the community, we help hundreds of youth get off the street, into safe shelter, and on to a better life. Our welcoming, residential setting is unique among programs for runaway and homeless youth, providing services at no charge, 24/7/365.

The Bridge develops approaches that help youth and their families resolve their conflicts and move toward healthier relationships. Each year we serve more than a thousand young people and families with a continuum of services, including: a 24-hour hotline, Crisis shelter and counseling, Youth, parent, and family counseling, Transitional programs and Ongoing support services.

One of the Bridge For Youth shelters is located at West 78th Street and Hazeltine Boulevard in Chanhassen. The two-story home looks like any other you’d see in Carver County. 

The Bridge for Youth is dedicated to providing the connection between the current realities of homelessness and a brighter, safer, more stable future. Expect to be treated with respect, to be listened to, to be accepted exactly as you are.


Alls Well

A cross-community task force consisting of Ridgeview Medical Center, representatives from ISD #110, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, City of Waconia, Carver County Public Health, and the Carver County Library have been meeting to share ideas and create initiatives that encourage Waconia-area residents and their families to form and sustain active living and healthy eating habits.

HERO Supporters

Carver County Public Health

Carver County Public Health manages a wide range of programs and efforts designed to promote and protect the health and well-being of all Carver County residents – from infants and the elderly, to suburban and rural residents alike – thereby improving the overall health of the county. Services include family wellness, vaccinations, and resources for low-cost medical care. Carver County Public Health also works to improve access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities, reduce exposure to tobacco, and prepare the community for public health emergencies.



Through a grant opportunity, the HERO Coalition was awarded the privilege of being mentored in a two-year program by TonkaCARES, a Minnetonka School District initiative. By participating in critical training programs and seminars, our mentorship set the Waconia School District up to eventually apply for larger grants that will enable us to bring more solid programming into our schools to educate our students, staff and parents on bullying and substance abuse. If anyone would like more specific information on how the mentoring project works, please contact us.