Mobilizing the Community for Positive Change

The Spearfish Community Coalition is a volunteer-driven 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to, “mobilize the community to support positive, healthy and drug free youth.” Dedicated to the improvement of our community and to providing healthy opportunities for our youth, Coalition members work hard on a number of initiatives that reduce and prevent underage drinking, tobacco use, and other drug use. The Coalition also works to build protective factors through Developmental Assets® and youth leadership opportunities.

With grant funding through the Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC) under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the SD State Tobacco Control Program, and local foundation and corporate grants, the Coalition operates to provide education, skill enhancement, policy modification and development, physical design change, reduction of barriers to prevention efforts, and changing consequences.

The Coalition functions through the Strategic Prevention Framework, which includes assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, evaluation and sustainability. Through these seven strategies, the Coalition can address individual change as well as community level change. In its ninth year as a Drug Free Communities grantee, the Coalition continues to build capacity and strengthen collaborations with community partners, like parents, youth, businesses and civic organizations. 

Current Initiatives

  • Promoting smoke-free multi-unit housing policies
  • Implementing a tobacco-free parks and play spaces ordinance
  • Providing training and ID checks using the ID Scanner at Downtown Friday Nights and other community events
  • Sponsoring youth opportunities such as the Youth Leadership Conference and Red Ribbon Week Activities
  • Promoting the Positive Community Norms campaign – an effort that focuses on changing community misperceptions that all kids drink, or smoke or are in trouble, to correct perceptions that most kids do not engage in risky behaviors

Spearfish Coalition Students

The Spearfish Coalition Students (SCS) is a also key initiative of the Spearfish Community Coalition. The SCS is a local SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter, which consists of youths in grades 6-12. Through the SCS, the Coalition can provide a voice to youth, teach leadership skills, educate, inspire and mentor Spearfish youth in a positive manner. The SCS meets biweekly on Fridays from 7:15 am to 7:50am and organizes a variety of activities. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact SCS (SADD) Advisor Nichole Valenzuela at

How to Get Involved

The general coalition meets every third Tuesday of the month at noon. All meetings are open to the public and are a great way to learn more about the Coalition and how you can play a part. These meetings provide a platform for the Coalition to discuss ways to provide safe, drug free activities for youth, community education presentations, youth leadership events, and more. The Coalition also holds a 9 member Board of Directors and is always looking for new members.

The ultimate goal is to provide a safe, healthy community for our children to grow, learn and lead in the future. These efforts cannot be done alone. It takes many people in the community working together to succeed. The coalition strives to include active representation from parents, media, businesses, law enforcement, schools, youth serving organizations, civic/volunteer organizations, health care professionals, state and local government agencies, religious organizations, those involved in reducing substance abuse and most importantly, youth.

For more information about the Spearfish Community Coalition, please contact Melissa Currier, Executive Director, at 605-717-1417 or via email at

Community Partners
  • Youth
  • Parents
  • Local Businesses
  • Media
  • Schools
  • Youth Serving Organizations
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Religious Organizations
  • Civic/Volunteer Organizations
  • Health Care Professionals
  • State/Local Goverment Agencies
  • Other Orgs. Involved in Prevention
Board of Directors
Nichole Valenzuela, President
Jodi Sleep, Vice President
Jenny Donovan, Secretary/Treasurer
Dennis Servaty, Past President
Marlene Todd, Board Member
Micah Schiller, Board Member
Shelly Lammers, Board Member
Jody Schenk, Board Member
Melissa Currier, Executive Director
Nicole Wolff, Administrative Assistant