The Hastings Working Alliance for Youth (The WAY) Drug Free Coalition

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Youth Council has been committed to addressing substance misuse in our youth since 1969. The Youth Council has supported the application by the Youth Advocate Program of a drug free community grant which was awarded in 2018. The Youth Council's Co-Chair represents the Council's interests on the Coalition and participates in the planning and programming of the Coalition.

The Hastings Working Alliance for Youth (W.A.Y.) Coalition is a group of committed citizens working together to increase community collaboration and reduce the use of alcohol and other harmful substances amongst youth. Created in 2015 under the Hastings Youth Advocate Program, The W.A.Y. Coalition received a Drug Free Community Grant in 2018, awarding $625,000 in Federal funding over a 5-year period.


The Coalition includes representatives from diverse segments of the community: parents, youth, educators, police, healthcare providers, faith communities, business and civic leaders. Working together they gather data to determine the greatest areas of need and educate both youth and parents. Using proven strategies driven by scientific research, the Coalition is an essential community resource to respond to the harm these substances pose to our youth and to the community. For more information, go to the W.A.Y's website below: