Recent Events!

Religious Leaders Summit, November 19th, 2019

Couldn’t Attend?? Watch it here:

Our 11th Drug Summit, October 30th, 2019

Couldn’t Attend? Watch it

Podcasts – Have you listened?

Balancing Hope and Concern! July 12th, 2019

The Montana Institute is honored to be partnering with the Forsyth Youth Drug Awareness Council and the amazing prevention effort they’re bringing to the community!!!

This one-day only free seminar on July 12th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lanier Conference Center will engage high school age attendees in several activities rooted in the Science of the Positive framework and Positive Community Norms. Together we will learn to uncover positive truths about ourselves and the communities we serve. We will work together to balance this hope with community concern, and learn how to see the good, fuel passion and reflect on why our efforts matter in the first place. Plan to be motivated! Lunch is provided.


9:00-9:25:  Welcome/Intros

9:25-9:50:  Snapshot of You! (Personality Quiz)

9:50-10:30: Your Big Why (Students share out: Their “Why” — Why it matters? Connections)

10:30-11:00: Group Game with Break

11:00-12:00: Seeing Misperceptions (Discovering our own misperceptions and why they matter)

12:00-1:00: LUNCH

1:00-2:00:  Balancing Hope and Concern (Seeing the good while acknowledging a concern)

2:00-2:40:  Group Game with Break

2:40-3:35: Your Big Next (Recognizing what restores or depletes our passion & reflection)

3:35-4:00:  Closing/Evals

The Science of the Positive helps individuals and organizations:

  • move from busy to effective
  • manage change and foster transformation
  • become inspiring, effective leaders
  • balance concern with hope
  • apply the Positive Community Norms approach to prevention

2019 Summer Internship Opportunity

Do you enjoy graphic design, witty captions, and working for a good cause? Then you might be our perfect applicant! The Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council is looking for a Social Media Intern to join our growing coalition and serve our quickly growing county. The ideal applicant will have knowledge of the social media environment and practiced use of multiple social media platforms. Responsibilities will include monitoring and posting on social networks, educating themselves and the community about substance abuse prevention and local drug happenings, and optimizing social media for networking opportunities and event promotion. Those looking for valuable experience with a respected organization serving an important cause are encouraged to apply.

Grade Level: A Mature Incoming High School Junior or Senior, or College Student 

Hours Per Week:  5 to 10 hours per week

Work Location:Must train in office (240 Elm Street, Cumming, GA 30040) for 1 to 2 weeks, and then can work remotely after training (if desired) except for weekly staff meetings.  

Apply by Submitting Your Resume to:  and be sure to put “Social Media Summer Intern” in the Subject Line of your email.   

Deadline to Apply:  June 10th , 2019

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Program Coordinator to create and implement social media campaigns
  • Learn about and Monitor analytic data to identify trends and generate ideas
  • Create engaging posts for different demographics
  • Research different substances, prevention practices, and recovery related content to post with credibility
  • Stay up to date with local happenings, national trends, and other drug and prevention related news
  • Network and connect with other coalitions and community organizations through social media
  • Work with team to create expand our social media reach and capabilities

Qualifications and Skills

  • Working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Graphic Design capabilities and willingness to learn and create appealing posts with
  • Working knowledge of Hootsuite Dashboard (or willingness to learn)
  • Some familiarity with social media analytics like Hootsuite Analytics or Instagram Insights
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Positive outlook and passion

Our 10th Drug Summit, October 22, 2018


Our first “Rebuild Your Family Workshop” was held on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the United Way, 240 Elm Street, Cumming GA 30040.

Presenters included internationally renowned interventionist Heather Hayes, Professional Counselor and Certified Interventionist Lou Ann Altshuler, and Certified Addiction Counselor and Anger Management Specialist Todd Stumbo.  

The event was free with lunch included and limited to the first 40 participants to register.  

The day consisted of a skill building workshop for families affected by the disease of addiction. It included learning about the disease of addiction, the difference between helping and enabling, how to set boundaries, and healthy communication skills.