About Us

Smithville Community In Action is a group of volunteers committed to keeping Smithville a safe place for kids.  The Smithville CIA was founded in 1994 to reduce the negative effects that drug culture has on youth. The primary goal of Smithville CIA is to engage the community and its stakeholders in ongoing problem solving to prevent youth substance use and create resilient youth. The coalition's vision for Smithville is a healthy, safe community in which youth reach their full potential.


To do this the coalition has evaluated and collected data to determine what the local conditions are for youth use of substance. The coalition is an action oriented group of volunteers that annually provides training and education to members, creates annual ways to celebrate Seniors who make positive decisions, promotes positive messaging about prevention through a variety of campaigns, participates in alternative events to provide healthy supervised activities for youth in the community, provides "All Stars" prevention curriculum to the school district, and works with area retailers to make sure alcohol, nicotine, marijuana and other drugs are not being made available to youth.


The coalition is a 501(c)(3) public charity. EIN 88-1229800

Key issues

Smithville Community In Action focuses on the following issues that affect our youth:

Underage Drinking


Tobacco and Vaping

Prescription Drug Misuse


Smithville CIA Leadership

President:  Sarah Ulledahl, Chops BBQ

Vice-President: Anna Schafer, Parent

Past President: Kelly Kobylski, Parent

Treasurer: Gini Fite, Smithville School District

Secretary: Karla Gallegos-Ross, Parent 

Drug-Free Communities Grant

In order to achieve our long-standing youth substance use prevention goals, Smithville CIA was awarded a Drug-Free Communities Grant, a federal grant from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and administered by the CDC.  By statute, the DFC Support Program has two goals: 1) Establish and strengthen the collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth (individuals 18 years of age and younger). 2) Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance use among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increases the risk of substance use and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance use.  Find out more about this grant here.