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Blaine Student Well-Being Initiative

Our kids are worth running upstream for! Read more here.

Blaine County Schools, in partnership with St. Luke's Community Health & Engagement, and other partners are calling all organizations, parents, families, business leaders, youth, and other community members to join us in working to build the best possible community for our kids.  Data collected in November 2023 revealed that roughly ~26% of teens living in Blaine county are struggling with depression symptoms, which is higher than the national average. The good news is we also collected information on what could be causing those elevated numbers. We found that high levels of stress, lack of social connection, and lack of sleep are the major things driving such challenges.

Together, we can do something about that!

Join us in building the best possible community for our kids!

Building Social Connection

In Blaine, our kids will benefit from increased connections to safe adults and other kids. 

What are ways you can help a young person in your life authentically connect to themselves, to other peers, or to you and other trusted adults?

Click here to learn more about ways you can increase social connection in your community starting today.

Looking for other ways to get involved?

Join an Action Team or

visit our Get Involved page!

Sign up for our newsletter here!

Get Involved! Join the Blaine Action Team!


Want to help build the best possible community for Blaine kids? 


We invite you to join us for our upcoming Action Team Meeting:


Stay tuned and watch our community events calendar and social media for all the upcoming events supporting our Blaine Initiative!

What is an Action Team?

An Action Team is a group of folks in a community (including parents, grandparents, small business owners, organizational partners, teens, and other community members) who co-create and execute a plan to address the needs of young people. The action team combines data, real-life experiences, and research in other communities to create real change. And we can start today!

Sleep is so important


Our young people need a lot of sleep. The lack of sleep can greatly contribute to both mental health and academic challenges. 

Click here to learn more about what we can do to help our teens get enough sleep.

(Haga clic aquí para obtener más información sobre lo que podemos hacer para ayudar a nuestros adolescentes a dormir lo suficiente.)

Click here for more tips on sleep.

Opportunity to learn more about sleep: The Idaho Office of Drug Policy held its 2024 Brain Awareness Week Webinar- The Power of Sleep for Teen Resilience, Health, and Well-Being, with Lisa L. Lewis on March 14th.  This free, virtual event discussed the importance of sleep,  and the correlation between sleep habits, adolescent brain development, teen well-being, and the prevention of youth substance abuse. If you would like to watch the webinar, click here!


Upcoming Events

Check out the Community Meetings page to see upcoming meetings for the Blaine Initiative. 

Below are also previous newsletters for the Blaine Initiative. If you would like to receive the newsletter, please sign up here!

Catch Up On Previous Communications

March Newsletter

Sent out on March 29th, 2024

To view the newsletter, please follow the link here.

February Newsletter

Sent out on February 20th, 2024

To view the newsletter, please follow the link here.

January Newsletter

Sent out on January 17th, 2024

To view the newsletter, please follow the link here.

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