What is the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth?

The Alliance is a program of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Care and Treatment Services, in the Bureau of Prevention Treatment and Recovery.

The Alliance’s purpose is to enhance and support the capacity of member coalitions in their substance abuse prevention and youth development work. Over 90 Wisconsin coalitions are members of the Alliance.

Member coalitions consist of representatives of at least five (5) community sectors. Community sectors may include, but are not limited to:

Youth Human Services
Parents Public Health
Business Community Continuing Higher Education
Media Healthcare Professionals, including mental health and substance abuse
Law Enforcement and Justice Schools (public and private)
State, Local and/or Tribal Government Agencies Youth-Serving Organizations
Civic and Volunteer Groups Religious & Fraternal Organizations
Other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse


Promoting Substance Abuse Prevention

The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY) believes that prevention is a complex process that requires more than a singular strategy or approach. A wide range of factors contribute to alcohol and other drug problems and substance abuse prevention is based on the understanding that these factors vary among individuals, geographic regions, age groups, racial/ethnic groups, and gender groups. Effective prevention is a systemic responsibility involving local, state, and national agencies, organizations, and groups. The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth in conjunction with local and national partners, and through its network of state AWY member coalitions, provides leadership, coordination, and communication to its members and to the prevention field in general.

The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth uses its leadership role to promote high-quality prevention services through:

  • Communication among AWY coalitions to increase awareness and availability of effective and innovative prevention strategies;
  • Provide advocacy at national, state, and local levels for prevention services