The Holly Area Community Coalition’s (HACC) philosophy for prevention is based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Asset Framework. We believe in creasing the number of developmental assets in youth will help reduce their risk of choosing dangerous behaviors such as alcohol and substance abuse, tobacco use, violence, truancy and inappropriate sexual activity.
Implementing the 40 Developmental Assets will guide youth to choose positive, constructive uses of their time. It will foster a commitment to learning, empowerment, social competencies, realistic boundaries and expectations, positive identity and positive values.
The Holly Area Community Coalition (HACC) began as an advisory council during the 1990-1991 school year, in conjunction with the Safe and Drug Free Schools Community Act grant.
During the 1996-1997 school year, the advisory council expanded its membership and began to shift its focus to include a wider range of community members. This brought the council’s concerns further into the community, rather than focusing solely on school activities.
During the 1999-2000 school year, the advisory council evolved to form a Community Coalition by receiving its first grant through the Oakland County Health Division, Office of Substance Abuse Services. After hiring a community organizer, the Coalition further expanded its prevention efforts into the community.
During the 2000-2001 school year, the Coalition hired a second community organizer. The Coalition increased its collaborative and funding opportunities by joining the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC) after its inception in 2004. The ACHC is an organization comprized of 14 active coalitions in Oakland County. This networking opportunity allows the Coalition to collaborate with other prevention professionals to develop and implement county-wide prevention campaigns.
In 2009, the Coalition received a Drug Free Communities Grant from the Federal Office of National Drug Control Policy. This increased funding allowed the Coalition to hire a Youth Coordinator, and has significantly increased our financial capacity to develop environmental strategies for prevention throughout the community.
A community of youth who have been empowered to make positive life choices.
To work in partnership with the community to empower youth to make positive life choices, thereby reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among area youth.
Youth, Parents, Schools, Churches, Businesses, Civic Organizations, Law Enforcement, Senior Citizens and Community Leaders who recognize the importance of healthy youth development.