Youth Focused Programs

Empowering Youth For Brighter Futures

At the heart of our commitment to the health of youth and teens in Northern Michigan, is specialized health and wellness programs that transform the way youth care is delivered. HDNW brings proven strategies into each office location and right into local schools – we meet students right where they are. We deliver care for behavioral health, wellness, education, prevention, crisis intervention, mindfulness and more. Our youth focused programs are not only life-changing, their life-saving.




School-Based Education Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a free nutrition education and physical activity promotion program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for children and youth who receive or are eligible to receive SNAP benefits. The SNAP-Ed program provides evidence based, nutrition and physical activity curriculum in elementary and middle school classrooms across Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego county school districts.

SNAP-Ed provides nutrition education and promotes physical activity to increase the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose healthy lifestyles. In Michigan, SNAP is also referred to as the Food Assistance Program (FAP).

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Empowering Youth Today Program

Empowering Youth Today (EYT) is a positive youth development program for youth grades 5-8th that engages youth with the family, school and community, while promoting the benefits of delaying sexual activity and other risky behaviors. Through the Real Essentials curriculum, students will learn what healthy relationships look like and how to set boundaries. Students who are enrolled in the EYT program have an opportunity to participate in a Community Service-Learning project, an adult-guided but youth-led project to help youth learn and develop through active participation in organized service. Below are a few examples of Community Service-Learning projects that took place in our local area.

EYT Program
Mental Health Teens


Uplifting Minds, Changing Lives

Through the presence of on-site mental health professionals, HDNW extends the implementation of mental health strategies within school settings. Partnered with training, resources, and staff support, partner schools can proactively foster the emotional and mental well-being of all students, including those with preexisting mental and behavioral health needs. Our approach to youth mental health care is comprehensive, addressing academic, social, and behavioral aspects, with active engagement from parents and consistent communication facilitated through program updates and letters sent home to caregivers. Together, we can make a difference!


Dental Sealant Program

SEAL! Michigan Program was established to decrease the number of Michigan children with tooth decay, improve access to oral health services, and address oral health disparities. The program offers dental sealants and oral health education to Michigan students in school-based settings. Contact your local school district to see if they participate in this program.

Oral Health Screenings

New for 2024, Michigan passed a law that requires children enrolling into their first year of school to have an oral health assessment within 6 months of starting Kindergarten. The Michigan Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment Program (KOHA) helps ensure each student is healthy and ready for a successful school year. HDNW representatives will visit your child’s school during the Kindergarten year to provide the screenings with a Michigan Licensed Dental Hygienist, or parents/guardians may bring the Official Assessment Form to your child’s home dental office for completion and return it to the school. HDNW partners with Dental Clinics North to ensure healthy mouths, regardless of insurance status and income. Call 1-877-321-707 to schedule an appointment.

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