POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES

About Us

Mission

Through a continuum of family and strength-based services, Positive Alternatives strives to equip at-risk youth and young adults with the social, emotional and developmental skills needed to flourish.

Vision

Acknowledging that youth, families, and the community share the responsibility for preparing children for a successful adulthood, Positive Alternatives strives to equip at-risk youth and young adults with the social, emotional and developmental skills needed to flourish.

Positive Alternatives is an innovative resource in Wisconsin for at-risk youth, young adults and their families by providing creative and collaborative prevention, intervention and aftercare services. We are dedicated to empowering those we serve to reach their greatest potential, creating an environment that fosters unity, pride and resiliency, and inspires our community to embrace the strengths of youth.

Our goal is to provide services that involve the family, focus on the desired outcome and build on strengths for the purpose of allowing individuals the opportunity to enhance social, emotional and developmental skills.

 

Philosophy

Positive Alternatives, Inc. operates from the belief that individuals and families pass through developmental stages.  Each stage requires the individuals in a family to face new tasks and discover alternative adaptive techniques.  Successful adaptation at any one stage depends greatly on the individual or family’s ability to master the skills required in the previous stage. Behaviors that prove to be problematic are viewed as signals of difficulties mastering the skills associated with the developmental tasks for their particular stage of development. We recognize the unique task associated with the stages involving youth and young adults.

Goal

Our goal is to provide services that involve the family, focus on the desired outcome and build on strengths for the purpose of allowing youth and/or adults the opportunity to enhance social, emotional and developmental skills.

We acknowledge that youth, families, and the community share responsibilities for preparing adolescents for successful adulthood.

Read about the history of Positive Alternatives, Inc.

Board of Directors

  • Allyson Moore
  • Chris King
  • Ursula Berger
  • Jackie Steinhoff
  • Cynthia Govin-Welch
  • Peter Nied
  • Gretchen Niedbalski
  • Nathan Ferris
  • Julie Bates-Maves

Meet our Board of Directors

Executive Director

Kelli Kamholz, B.S.
715-235-9552
kkamholz@positive-alternatives.org

Meet our Executive Director

Associate Executive Director

Jeremy Hernandez, B.S.
715-235-9552
jhernandez@positive-alternatives.org

Program Coordinators

Prevention and Intervention Services

Amanda Schutte, B.S.
715-426-2224
aschutte@positive-alternatives.org

Group Homes

River Falls
Andy Altmann, B.S.
715-426-2224
aaltmann@positive-alternatives.org

Menomonie
Chelsi Lauer, B.S.
715-235-9552
clauer@positive-alternatives.org

Amery
Laura Clark, B.A.
715-268-7997
lclark@positive-alternatives.org

Wood County
Jodie Vena, B.S.
715-712-1617
jvena@positive-alternatives.org