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Vilas County Youth Coalition has COVID-19 resources for families

April 28, 2020

The Vilas County Youth Coalition has been gathering resources to help youth and parents as they follow Safer At Home policies. 

The group’s mission is to help promote and strengthen youth health and resiliency. Coalition members represent Vilas county’s Public Health and Social Services departments, area schools, Marshfield Clinic Health System, UW-Madison Extension, the Minobimaadiziiwin coalition, and other non-profits. Their website www.vcyouthcoalition.org is being updated almost daily with fun and educational activities for kids and older youth. There are also tips for parents to help families cope with extra stress created by the pandemic.

All the resources have been chosen for their accuracy, effectiveness, and ease of use. A sample of current links includes: 4-H activities that don’t require a lot of materials or parental input; short films for children ages 4-8 from the Wisconsin Film Festival; NASA activities for elementary and high school students; and parenting tips from Marshfield Clinic and UW-Madison.

The Vilas County Youth Coalition is the only non-profit working county-wide on issues related to substance use disorder, so there are also tools for those in recovery. One section on the COVID-19 page is devoted to people finding help for themselves or loved ones, and there’s also a link to stoptheuse.org. Stoptheuse directs users to local resources and has a dedicated Recovery Coach available to guide them to organizations that best fit their situations.

For more information about the coalition, email [email protected] or call Sharon Krause, UW- Extension’s community youth development educator, at 715-479-3749.

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