About Us

What is Partnership for Change?

Partnership for Change is an organization comprised of youth, parents, schools, law enforcement, and community groups that are working together to reduce drug use among youth and young adults in northwest Hennepin County. Our focus is changing the community environment that leads to youth substance use by identifying and implementing strategies that will affect community attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs around alcohol and other drugs.

Partnership for Change serves the Brooklyn Center, Osseo, and Robbinsdale School Districts, which include the cities of:

  • Brooklyn Center
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Crystal
  • Golden Valley
  • Maple Grove
  • New Hope
  • Osseo
  • Plymouth
  • Robbinsdale

Click here to view Partnership for Change: Through the Years, 2011 – 2015.


Inspiring community well-being.


To leverage community partnerships to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use among youth and reduce substance abuse in the community.


In 2007, staff members from the Trauma Department at North Memorial Health noticed a developing trend in the number of young patients being seen at the hospital with alcohol-related injuries. Not only was the number of patients increasing, so was the average blood alcohol content level (BAC) of these patients. More injured kids had been drinking alcohol than ever before, and the average BAC for patients age 18 and younger was 0.12.

Realizing that youth substance use in northwest Hennepin County truly was a community issue and that no one entity could successfully tackle the problem alone, a series of town hall meetings were held in the spring of 2007 to discuss the issue. The outcome of those meetings was the creation of Partnership for Change. In October of 2008 and 2014, North Memorial Health Hospital received a federal Drug Free Communities grant to support the efforts of Partnership for Change. From 2012 – 2015, Partnership for Change was also supported by a Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Who Is Involved in Partnership for Change?

Partnership for Change is made up of members from a variety of organizations including schools, city- and county-based organizations, social service agencies, law enforcement officials, healthcare providers, faith-based organizations, substance abuse treatment partners, parents, youth, young adults and other concerned community members.

Where is Partnership for Change located?

Partnership for Change is housed at North Memorial Health Trauma Services department in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.