Brighter Futures Initiative

89645 Youth Center Drive

The Brighter Futures Initiative program offers prevention and intervention activities and works closely with the Red Cliff Boys & Girls Club of Gitchigami and Bayfield School District to organize long-term and short-term prevention activities, recruit young participants, and conduct programs, most of which will occur at the Bayfield School and Red Cliff Boys & Girls Club of Gitchigami.

The BFI encourages youth ages 12 to 14 (grades 6-8th) to participate in the program. BFI staff present the Second Step curriculum and Red Cliff Wellness School Curriculum. The goal is to directly prevent and reduce alcohol and drug use amongst youth. The BFI also aims to build interpersonal skills, adolescent self-sufficiency skills, and works to prevent youth violence and delinquent behaviors.

Second Step is a curriculum that work to increase school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence. It consists of skills-focused, social-emotional learning (SEL). Youth will strengthen their ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems. 

Red Cliff Wellness School Curriculum is a curriculum written and developed by local experts that have substance abuse prevention focus grounded in Native American traditions and culture. Youth work on lessons that enhance the values of sharing, respect, honesty, and kindness and to assist students in understanding their emotions.

Parents or Caregivers can refer their children to participate in the BFI Program, along with the Bayfield School. Use the contact information provided above.