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The Key will be hosting a “Community Action” meeting on Thursday, August 9th at 7:00pm at the Northfield Armory. This meeting is a “call-to-action” for the Northfield community in response to recent headlines and discussions of heroin and other chemical use in our community. We intend to create a roadmap for working on these complex issues by allowing ANY member of our community to propose an action-oriented solution. Please begin thinking about what you believe is the most important path to prevention and/or treatment in Northfield. For instance, if you believe the most important need is more realistic drug education in the schools, or a parental support group, or specific treatment options, you will be given the opportunity to present that idea (in about a minute) to the larger group. After the presentations conclude, we will break into smaller groups, with each presenter facilitating a discussion of his/her idea. Members of the community can join any group they wish, and can rotate between groups to participate in multiple discussions. Again, as a presenter you do not have to know how to get from point A to point B. The purpose of the meeting is to get people together who want to work on the same solution. Our hope is that out of this meeting will come various enthusiastic committees that are working on some real action to make Northfield a better, safer place. EVERYONE is encouraged to come and participate. Even if you have no idea what the answers are, please come and listen to some options and join in one or more discussions. If you have an idea, but you need a little guidance before presenting it, you can email northfieldunionofyouth@gmail.com, or come to the Armory at 6:30 for some assistance prior to the meeting. In the future, the Key will be available to help put committees in contact with resources in order keep their action moving forward. We will also host regular meetings for committee representatives, allowing the opportunity for members of various groups to share their struggles and their progress, and to find any common solutions.

Please join us on Thursday, August 9th at 7:00pm, and encourage anyone you know to attend. Everyone of all ages are welcome. Call Josh at 507-301-9662, or email northfieldunionofyouth@gmail.com with any questions.