Positively Austin



Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

1304 21st Street NE, Austin, MN

“Are You Above or Below the Line?”

Positively AUSTIN is an event that shares the progress of our coalition with the community.  This event will also give you some tools to build a more resilient environment for our youth. Our featured speaker will be Willow Sweeney. Her work focuses on empowering parents, students and teachers to grow their potential, through social and emotional skills development.

Our coalition was created as part of a 5-year grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.  Our goals are simple, share the positive things our young people are doing while reducing underage consumption.  Our mission is to promote healthy and positive lifestyles.

Please join us for an evening dedicated to helping our young people and recognizing those in our community who share the positive.


Willow Sweeney is a co-founder of Top 20 Training that provides training and materials to empower leaders, teachers, parents and students to develop their potential. She and her Top 20 team have trained over 500,000 people throughout the United States. Her work focuses on helping others further develop their potential, through social and emotional skills and develop more effective workplace teams and cultures. Willow has co-authored Top 20 Teachers: The Revolution in American Education, Top 20 Parents: Raising Happy, Responsible and Emotionally Healthy Children and Top 20 Teens: Discovering the Best-kept Thinking, Learning and Communicating Secrets of Successful Teenagers. Willow’s career has included high school teaching, coaching and she has been a national speaker and trainer since 2002. She and her husband, Brian, have two sons and live in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  (St. Cloud Times Article, Women In Business, The Unstoppable Willow Sweeney Flaherty)

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