Alger County students hear a presentation about depression and suicide.Alger County Community Collaborative works with a variety of partner programs to provide training and services that address the risk factors in Alger County’s communities, families, schools and individuals. Learn more about these AC3 partner programs:

AC3 School Social Worker

We believe it is very important for Alger County to have school social workers available to our youth. As many parents know, youth experience anxiety, depression, and bullying, among other things and sometimes turn to drugs, alcohol, or harmful behavior to self medicate. Some students even stop going to school. We want Alger County youth to know there is someone available to help — whether it’s just to listen, or to provide guidance working through whatever issue is at hand. Much of our fundraising supports this program.

AC3 Internship Program

Working with MARESA, Neenah, and Munising Memorial Hospital, we have developed an internship program that allows Alger County high school students to intern right here in our own community. It’s a great opportunity for our youth to gain career skills and see that there are jobs right here in their hometown. Conversely, it’s also a wonderful way for local businesses to support local youth and help them toward successful futures!

Botvins Program

LifeSkills Provider Training Workshops prepare teachers, school counselors, prevention specialists, police officers, community youth educators, and other program providers to effectively implement the state-of-the-art prevention education activities and teaching strategies found in the LST program. AC3 sponsors this training in Alger County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties makes a difference by connecting children to caring adults who can help guide them on a path to success. AC3 supports BBBS in Alger County.

Communities That Care

University of Washington Center for Communities That Care coaches communities across the country through an evidence-based, prevention science process that reduces levels of youth problems and helps them thrive. Communities That Care guides communities through a proven five-phase change process. Using prevention science as its base, CTC promotes healthy youth development, improves youth outcomes, and reduces problem behaviors.

Communities That Care provides the framework for all the work we do at AC3. Because the CTC system is integral to our work, we hope you’ll want to learn more about CTC.

Farms for Folks

Farms for Folks is a partnership through which local farmers connect with folks in need, building food security and community in Alger County. For 2021, the program provided weekly bags containing mostly veggies with occasional additions of eggs, bread and protein — plus recipe suggestions for 12 weeks from July – September. Funded by local businesses and individuals who want to support food security and access in our community, there is no cost for participants and farmers receive full payment. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and MSU Extension help us with this project. If you are interested in being a participant or a sponsor, please call 906-250-4825 or email

Guiding Good Choices

AC3 Sponsors Guiding Good Choices (GGC) programming in Alger County schools. GGC is a drug use prevention program that provides parenting individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to guide children through early adolescence. It seeks to strengthen and clarify family expectations for behavior, enhance the conditions that promote bonding within the family, and teach skills that allow children to resist drug use successfully. GGC is based on research that shows that consistent, positive parental involvement is important to helping children resist substance use and other antisocial behaviors. The curriculum addresses preventing substance abuse in the family, setting clear family expectations regarding drugs and alcohol, avoiding trouble, managing family conflict, and strengthening family bonds. For upcoming programming, visit our Calendar page.

Munising Memorial Hospital School Clinics

School-based health clinics help make medical services more convenient for families. AC3 helps support Munising Memorial Hospital’s School-based Clinics at Munising Schools and Superior Central Schools in Alger County. Call MMH at 906-387-4338 for the current clinic calendar and to make an appointment.

Logos of several of the many partner programs AC3 brings to the community.Prime for Life Program

Prime For Life® is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention and pretreatment program specifically designed for people who might be making high-risk choices. This includes but is not limited to impaired driving offenders, college students, and young people charged with alcohol and/or drug offenses. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol- and drug-related problems throughout their lives. AC3 supports this program in Alger County in conjunction with Alger County Jail.

Positive Action Program

Positive Action is a systematic educational program that promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students. It works by teaching and reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions. The effects of the program range from increased academic achievement to dramatic reductions in problem behaviors. These results have been replicated in diverse settings and feature the most rigorous efficacy study designs available. AC3 brings this program to Alger County educators to help them create positive learning environments for their students.

Question/Persuade/Refer Training

Question/Persuade/Refer‘s goal is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. AC3 brings this training to Alger County.