Our mission is to reduce underage substance use in the Minnetonka School District community.

Our vision is of a community where youth choose not to use, and are supported and valued for that choice.

Tonka CARES is a prevention-focused coalition made up of 50+ members representing various sectors of the community. We work with local law enforcement, businesses, city government, Minnetonka Public Schools, non-profits supporting youth, faith communities, students and parents to create a healthier community and environment that supports positive decision making among young people.

Tonka CARES Updates

Teens & E-cigarettes
Did you know... that 49% male & 24% female Minnetonka High School Seniors admitted to
using an E-cig within the past 30 days*

For information & help:

* Based on the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey

Thanksgiving Awareness

Thanksgiving is a Time for Gratitude & Connectedness
Connections to family and community are as important to our mental health and spirtual health as food is to our physical health. Positive relationships between youth and caring adults are among the strongest protective factors in regard to substance use and harm in youth. Make time to connect this Thanksgiving.


Help support the Center for Disease Control ( in preventing prescription opioid overdose.

Happy studets standing in the High School Commons


We rely fully on grants and community support. Donate and become a sponsor of Tonka CARES! All contributions are tax deductible.

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We welcome your participation.

Kim Oelhafen
Project Director
952-401-5056 (desk)
612-322-5277 (mobile)

Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 9-10:30 a.m., DSC Community Room (View Meeting Minutes)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1-2:30 p.m., DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16, 9-10:30 a.m., DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, March 13, 1-2:30 p.m., DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, May 8, 9-10:30 a.m., DSC Community Room

View Complete Meeting Schedule