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Turning Point Coalition is a community-based volunteer organization that works to help create an environment in our community that will help keep youth alcohol, tobacco and drug free.

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Parent Alert | November 2022 | The Benefits of Being Grateful

By turningpc | November 25, 2022

Parent Alert | November 2022 The Benefits of Being Grateful John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”  Gratitude is an important part of life, and a simple thank you goes further than you realize.  Multiple…

Parent Alert | October 2022 | Fun Family Fall Activities

By turningpc | October 27, 2022

          Back to School: Keeping Students Safe from Counterfeit Pills It is that time of year again! Students are flooding back into classrooms and our commutes are being interrupted waiting for the bus to pull their stop sign back in.  As our students get back into the day to day routine of…

Parent Alert | September 2022

By turningpc | September 15, 2022

  Back to School: Keeping Students Safe from Counterfeit Pills It is that time of year again! Students are flooding back into classrooms and our commutes are being interrupted waiting for the bus to pull their stop sign back in.  As our students get back into the day to day routine of homework and after-school events…

Hometown Tailgate Party

By turningpc | August 18, 2022


Parent Alert | August 2022

By turningpc | August 1, 2022

Parent Alert | August 2022   Youth Connectedness Is an Important Protective Factor for Health and Well-being Connectedness is an important protective factor for youth that can reduce the likelihood of a variety of health risk behaviors. Connectedness refers to a sense of being cared for, supported, and belonging, and can be centered on feeling connected…

TIPS – Training for Intervention Procedures – Alcohol Vendor Training

By turningpc | August 1, 2022

Summer Fun for Teens | Parent Alert | June 2022

By turningpc | July 1, 2022

    Parent Alert | June 2022     The school year is over, and summer is just around the corner. Kids are excited about their well-deserved break, and while you might be just as excited, you’re probably thinking about how to keep them occupied over the next few months. Teens are often struggling to assert…

Mental Health Awareness Month | Parent Alert | May 2022

By turningpc | May 26, 2022

              SAMHSA May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an annual opportunity to provide education and resources surrounding the topic of mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.” Mental illness and substance…

Parents Who Host Lose the Most | Parent Alert | April 2022

By turningpc | April 29, 2022

    HERE WE GO… After two years of COVID restrictions, proms, graduations, and graduation parties can be held again with friends and family. But this season, COVID may not be the biggest risk to our youth. In fact, one of the biggest risks to our youth is right in your own homes. Part of…

Helping Your Busy Teens | Parent Alert | March 2022

By turningpc | April 4, 2022

Is Your Teen Too Stressed?Spring is a notoriously stressful time for students. A certain level of stress is normal, but how can you tell if your teen is too stressed, and what can you do to help them? Watch for these signs of severe stress: 1. Lack of sleep: Many experts say that most teens need…

Graduate Coalition Academy in Action

By turningpc | March 21, 2022

Susan Tucker (Chairperson) and Nonya Wenger (staff support) attended this elite training to learn how to bring our Coalition to the next level. See this 6-minute video to learn more!

Turning Point Coalition | Pizza & Books April 21

By turningpc | March 16, 2022

Turning Point Coalition | Parent Alert | February 2022

By turningpc | February 28, 2022

How Prevention Creates Transformation The Seven Strategies For Community Change February 2022 Parent Alert   What are the Seven Strategies for Community Change? CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) provides all Coalitions with a guide to strategize our substance misuse prevention efforts. This guide is called the “Seven Strategies for Community Change”. (See this fact…

The Turning Point Times | February 2022

By turningpc | February 25, 2022

Upcoming Events Advocacy Day   National Advocacy Day is scheduled for April 5th, 2022. Youth Leaders, Coalitions, and prevention advocates will be joining together to share the importance of prevention with politicians and lawmakers. Using your voice to advocate for what you believe in can create a better, safer, and healthier environment for everyone. Whether…

Turning Point Coalition | Parent Alert | January 2022

By turningpc | January 31, 2022

Kindness Campaign Updates! January 2022 Parent Alert     Orrville’s Kindness Campaign is underway! Turning Point Coalition, assisted by their Youth Coalition, RAPA (Riders Are Peer Advocates), is in its 4th week of this 5-week initiative. During January and early February, Orrville students, staff, businesses, and residents are tracking acts of kindness done around the…

Introducing the Kindness Campaign: January 3—February 4, 2022

By turningpc | December 31, 2021

Turning Point Coalition has finished Orrville’s Inaugural Kindness Campaign, assisted by their Youth Coalition, RAPA (Riders Are Peer Advocates)! Our event ran from Monday, January 3rd through Friday, February 4th, 2022. During the Campaign, Orrville students, teachers, staff, parents, and businesses tracked nearly 450 acts of kindness in just 5 weeks! Our RAPA members blanketed…

Orrville’s First Kindness Campaign | Parent Alert | December 2021

By turningpc | December 31, 2021

Orrville’s First Kindness Campaign Hosted by Turning Point Coalition and RAPAJanuary 3-February 4     Turning Point Coalition will be kicking off 2022 with a Kindness Campaign assisted by our Youth Coalition, RAPA (Riders Are Peer Advocates). This initiative will help showcase the positive community norms happening in Orrville, and we want to give our young people…

Preventing Substance Abuse During the Holidays| Parent Alert | November 2021

By turningpc | November 23, 2021

Preventing Substance Abuse During the Holidays   Happy holidays from your community Coalition! We hope this month is special for you. During this time of celebration, we’d like to give you a few safety tips. Watch for these serious mental health warning signs in your loved ones over the holidays (from Prevention Action Alliance): Talking…

Turning Point Coalition Parent Alert | October 2021

By turningpc | November 1, 2021

Happy Halloween from your prevention Coalition!See below for helpful holiday tips. Have a great weekend! Safety Tips for Your Kids: Safe Kids Worldwide Tips for Those in Recovery: Gateway Foundation     Prevention Tips: National Institute on Drug Abuse     Thank you for being a vital part of our community! Like us on Facebook

Families Talk Prevention | Parent Alert | September 2021

By turningpc | September 30, 2021

Parent Alert | September 2021   Families Talk Prevention TONIGHT! Join us at 6PM for Families Talk Prevention, a panel discussion about youth asset building in our community. The University of Akron Wayne College1901 Smucker Road, OrrvilleAdmission is free Learn more: Prefer to join via Zoom? Register here:     Check out the OneEighty…

Family Education Sessions | Parent Alert | August 2021

By turningpc | September 3, 2021

    Parent Alert | August 2021   Family Education Sessions: Wayne County Supports Prevention & Recovery     If you ever wonder how to get more involved in your community, or if you can make a bigger difference in the lives of young people, here’s your chance! There are 3 upcoming events (starting tonight!)…

Hometown Tailgate Party September 17, 2021

By turningpc | August 6, 2021

Parent Alert | July 2021| Asset Building for Youth

By turningpc | July 29, 2021

  Parent Alert | July 2021   Asset Building for Youth: How to Help Your Teen’s Physical and Mental Health   The Problem: Adverse Childhood Experiences Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic childhood events that negatively impact a child’s development. The more ACEs children experience, the more likely they are to have physical and mental health…

Parent Alert | June 2021 | Cultural Competence In Prevention

By turningpc | June 24, 2021

  Parent Alert | June 2021   Cultural Competence In Prevention Why It Matters   Cultural competence lies at the heart of all prevention. Effective prevention begins with understanding our community’s needs as we study its demographics and cultural intricacies. While race is a vital aspect of cultural competence, it’s only one part. Take a…

Pizza and Books Is Back! | Orrville Public Library on Thursday, June 24 from 4:30-6:30 PM.

By turningpc | June 7, 2021

The annual Pizza & Books will be held at the Orrville Public Library on Thursday, June 24 from 4:30-6:30 PM. This family-friendly event is FREE and filled with fun activities. Pizza, drinks, and other treats are part of the celebration. And while supplies last, each middle school student will receive one FREE book recommended by…

Parent Alert May 2021| Cannabis Concierge Service: The Problems Outweigh The Perks

By turningpc | May 28, 2021

  Parent Alert | May 2021   Cannabis Concierge Service: The Problems Outweigh The Perks   The Process Did you know that Ohio has only 21 qualifying health conditions for medical marijuana? (You can view them here.) Keep in mind that medical marijuana isn’t to be smoked or vaped, because regulating the dosage is impossible. Certified medical marijuana physicians…

Turning Point Times | 2020 A Success

By turningpc | May 18, 2021

News 2020 A Success Despite the difficulties of 2020, Turning Point Coalition remained active in our prevention efforts. Yes, it took some creativity to stay safe and engaged with the community during Covid, and that’s why our social media activity and press releases spiked. Sometimes it’s hard to see the effects of substance abuse prevention…

Parent Alert April 2021 | How & Why to Keep it Substance Free: Celebrating Graduation During Covid-19

By turningpc | April 29, 2021

  Parent Alert | April 2021   How & Why to Keep it Substance Free: Celebrating Graduation During Covid-19   Your graduating Senior deserves to celebrate! Going to school during a global pandemic is no easy task. But our youth have risen to the challenge, and we couldn’t be prouder. Remember, High School graduation is…

Alcohol Server and Seller Training | Monday, April 29th

By turningpc | April 11, 2021

Parent Alert | March 2021 The “Safety” of Vaping Marijuana: Are the Rumors True?

By turningpc | April 8, 2021

          What’s the Latest? This is a false claim. Scientific research is very clear: Vaping is highly addictive and damages the body and the brain, especially in youth. In fact, some studies suggest that vaping marijuana can actually be harder on our lungs than vaping other substances-yes, even nicotine! To learn more, you can listen…

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Riders Are Peer Advocates (RAPA)

RAPA Teen Institute


Riders Are Peer Advocates (RAPA) displayed their "I Choose" campaign at Heartland Point in September. RAPA youth selected a positive message to reflect their viewpoint and recruit others to their organization. The youth leadership group focuses on drug free activities and events, like youth retreats.

The group meets every other Thursday after school and provides a chance for youth to hone their leadership skills and even opportunities to travel the state. For more information, contact

Nonya Stalnaker

or contact the
High School at 330-682-5811

Mackenzie "Mac" Fuhrer chooses to be proactive.

Picture Dino Sibounheuang chooses to be happy.

Ashley Madrid chooses to be responsible.

Ariana Nelson chooses to be compassionate

RAPA member Alani Robinson, chooses to be successful.

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This publication is developed, in part, under grant number SP020543 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the Coalition and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS.