Student Assistance Program

Studies have shown that health related factors like hunger, poverty, chronic illness, physical or emotional abuse can lead to poor school performance.  We also know that health-risk behaviors like substance abuse, violence, and physical inactivity are consistently linked to academic failure and often affect student’s school attendance, grades, test scores and their ability to pay attention in class ( 

To address these issues Yukon Public School's Student Assistance Program offers resources and support for students and their families.  Our goal is to break down any barriers a student may have to learn and be successful.  The complexities of problems facing our youth today are alarming. Poverty, social and academic pressures, suicide ideology, substance abuse, grief and bullying are some of the issues students face.  Our team of teachers, coaches, administrators, counselors, and community partners have all come together to help students work through these issues so they can learn and be successful.  The Program contributes the following elements to the "Excellence of Education" in Yukon Public Schools:
  • Prevention and education for students, parents and faculty.
  • Provides support services in all areas of our student's positive growth and development.
  • Collaborates closely with the YuCan Coalition.

YuCan Coalition

The YuCan Coalition will promote healthy lifestyle choices free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs for the Yukon community, focusing on students and families.

The YuCan Coalition was created in 2000 to bring the Yukon community together to provide young people tools so they "CAN" resist alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  The Coalition also champions environmental changes so the community "CAN" also provide a healthier environment that allows our young people to thrive.

Substance abuse is not just a challenge for parents and schools.  Changing things will require the collaborative efforts of everyone in the Yukon community.  The very lives of our young people, our quality of life and the growth of our economy are at stake.  We all need to be involved.

The goals of the YuCan Coalition are to:

  • Establish and strengthen collaboration in the Yukon community to prevent and reduce substance abuse among our youth,
  • Promote and deliver effective substance abuse prevention strategies to increase students' commitment to school and academic performance, and to
  • Enhance community efforts to change societal norms that promote and maintain drug abuse among our young people.

The YuCan Coalition currently involves more than 80 organizations and individuals including students, parents, teachers, law enforcement, fire department, clergy members, elected officials and local businesses.  When a community rallies together, great things can happen.

How You Can Help:

Our work has just begun.  When you look at the numbers of students who engage in substance abuse, it becomes obvious that we need your help in our efforts.  Even if you don't have school-aged children, we hope you will realize that substanace abuse is more than just a challenge for parents and schools.  It is a challenge for our entire community.  Join the YuCan Coalition today.

Join us on Facebook:  Look for the group called "YuCan Coalition".

Student Assistance Program

Tracy N. McKeown, MPH, Coordinator
Ext. 2731

YuCan Coalition
DFC Grant

Mitzi Mattox, Director
Ext. 1860

Stephanie McKinney, Coordinator
(405) 350-2630
Ext. 1860

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