Austin Positive Action Coalition (APAC)

Creating a safe a welcoming community

As a community member, you will always have that opportunity to influence someone else’s life. How will you face that challenge? For the past several months I have had the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of people that
truly want to create a safe and welcoming community. This group is formally known as APAC (Austin Positive Action Coalition). The group meets monthly and was organized as part of a 5-year grant that was awarded to the community
of Austin by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division. The Parenting Resource Center is the local host organization for the planning and Implementation of the grant.

The grant was received for two reasons, first, our 30-day alcohol use among high school students was higher than the state average according to the 2013 Minnesota Student Survey. More importantly, several members of the community, including members of the Austin drug task force and the Parenting Resource Center, were committed to finding a solution to the growing issue. This grant has many components that are centered around a prevention strategy called Positive Community Norms (PCN).

The strategy focuses on the goodness that is already occurring in our community and schools. A town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 11 to learn more about how these norms are gathered and used during our extensive marketing campaign called, “truth is.” The other components of the grant include; reviewing prevention curriculum in grades 6-12, developing as well as enhancing positive activities within the community and forming student groups at Ellis Middle School, Austin High School and Pacelli.

APAC is still in the development stages. Over the past several months this dedicated group has created mission/vision statements and most recently identified seven core principles. These principles, though simple, have great impacts.

• Be Positive – support and encourage positive choices
• Be Present – recognize and listen through participation
• Be Perceptive – discover and share the truth
• Be Purposeful – focus on the truth
• Be Perfected – commit to continuous improvement
• Be Proactive – positively impact and inspire others
• Be Passionate – energized to make a difference.

These seven principles will guide our group and the work we do in the community. We are always looking for more people to share our vision to reduce ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs) use among our young people. Will you help us?

Together we can make a positive difference.


Bill Spitzer
Planning and Implementation Coordinator
507-460-1800 x0361




Bill Spitzer is the Planning and Implementation (P & I) Coordinator working closely with APAC (Austin Positive Action
Coalition). APAC and Bill will be working with our schools and community as part of a 5-year grant focusing on Positive
Community Norms. Feel free to contact him at the Austin High School 507.460.1800 ext. 0361 or via e-mail This grant is made possible by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, ADAD and hosted locally by the PRC. To learn more about the Parenting Resource, visit their website at

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