Webinar SERIES

Monthly learning opportunity

We’ve introduced a webinar series in partnership with Dakota Medical Foundation and Matto Foundation for parents, coaches, teachers and other caring adults in the community.

This learning series features local experts addressing youth substance use and the many challenges our young people face, and how you can best support them in reaching their full potential.

Join us at noon on the first Thursday of every month. For upcoming webinar announcements and to register, visit our Community Calendar. Past webinar recordings can be viewed below.

Past webinar recordings

Starting the conversation about drugs and alcohol
With special guest Nicole Leitner
Recorded | Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020

As intimidating as it may be, the topic of drug and alcohol use should not be avoided. Hear from Juvenile Court Officer Nicole Leitner as she shares tips to help you navigate the drug talk.

Delaying alcohol use in adolescents
With special guests Dr. Stefanie Hanisch and Dr. Mike and Mary Beth Traynor
Recorded | Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

Adolescents who use alcohol and other drugs put their health, safety, and futures at risk. Hear a personal story from Matto Foundation Co-Founders Dr. Mike and Mary Beth Traynor and Sanford Health Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Stefanie Hanisch on the importance of delaying use.


Helping youth build positive connections
With special guest John Fisher
Recorded | Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

Positive connections lead to positive outcomes. Friends of the Children Executive Director John Fisher shared why relationships are essential to a child’s well-being and the role intentionality plays in building healthy relationships with youth.

Why Teens Use
With special guest Travis Linn
Recorded | Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021

Sometimes the root of “why” teens use drugs and alcohol goes much deeper than experimentation. Relevant Life Church Lead Pastor Travis Linn shared a personal story of addiction and how it informed the principles he uses to mentor youth and their families.

If you or your teen are struggling with mental health or substance use issues, FirstLink’s 2-1-1 helpline is available 24/7 to connect you to the services you need. Also, be sure to check out our Crisis Roadmap to learn about other community resources available to support you and your family.