Youth Leadership

 

CADCA’s Youth Leadership Program

It is evident that there are issues we face in our communities and there has never been a time like the present for youth to rise to leadership roles in their coalitions. CADCA's Youth Leadership Training Courses develop critical thinking skills in youth and equips them with necessary tools to help your coalition achieve community-level change. Our training empowers young people to take youth-led civic action in their communities. Coalitions across the country are sending their youth through the rigors of these courses to help them work together more effectively.

The Key Essentials Course equips participants with the foundational tools needed to take the first steps in solving their communities’ problems around drugs, underage drinking, prescription drugs and other social ills using the Strategic Prevention Framework.

The Advanced Course is only open to coalitions who have completed the Key Essentials Course and are committed to taking their work a step further. A deeper focus is placed on Leadership, Advocacy and Policy and Intervention Strategies.

KEY ESSENTIALS OBJECTIVES

  • Become more engaged Youth Leaders
  • Learn and apply the Strategic Prevention Framework process
  • Learn and apply components of a Community Assessment
  • Conduct a Problem Analysis
  • Learn the 7 Behavioral Change Strategies for a Comprehensive Intervention
  • Develop an Action Plan for next steps for a "Youth- In-Action" Project

ADVANCED OBJECTIVES

  • Demonstrate Key Leadership Skills via critical thinking applications and oral presentations
  • Learn to define Community Problems using quantitative and qualitative data 
  • Identify Environmental Strategies that impact community-level change
  • Develop an Action Plan to support implementation of their youth-led projects
  • Develop effective Advocacy Skills for Policy Change 

BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

  1. There are two separate youth leadership courses at the Mid-Year. Only the advanced course has eligibility requirements. 
  2. Coalition Adult Advisors are required to participate with youth for all youth leadership trainings. Adults may not attend a youth leadership course without youth.
  3. We must have a Parent Consent Form for every youth attending by June 29th.

FAQs

What are the age requirements?

The Youth Leadership Courses are designed for ages 13-18 year olds; however, email us if you have an exception.

Are adults required to participate with the youth in youth leadership courses?

Yes. Teams should have at least one adult advisor to guide their youth throughout the process. This is not a chaperone role, but instead a coach/mentor from the coalition who will support the implementation of strategies developed upon returning to the coalition.

What are the requirements for attending the Advanced Course?

In order to participate in the Advanced Course, students must have completed the Key Essentials program and submitted 1) Your Coalition’s Community Assessment (with data); 2)  Logic Model (with data); and 3) Youth In Action Plan (with 7 change strategies)

What is the attire?

The attire is business casual during training sessions. Nothing too tight, loose, short or revealing.

What to bring?

A pen/pencil, a desire to make a difference in your community. If your coalition has this, you may want to bring your community data (for ex: youth survey data)

Do the youth follow the same adult schedule?

Yes and no. For the most part youth will follow the main Mid-Year Schedule with the exception of the Youth Meet-Up and Youth Dance. Please see schedule below for more details. Schedule is subject to change, so please check back prior to your departure.

Schedule

Sunday, July 15      
3 – 7 pm Registration Open 
5 – 6:30 pm Welcome Reception & Table-top Exhibits Open
   
Monday, July 16  
7:30 am – 4 pm Registration & Table-top Exhibits Open
8 – 10 am Opening Plenary & Breakfast
10:30 am – noon

Youth Leadership Track

Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch On Own
1:30 – 5 pm

Youth Leadership Track

2:50 – 3:10 pm Networking Refreshment Break
5:30 - 6:30 pm ONDCP Town Hall Meeting
8 – 9:30 pm Youth Meet Up
   
Tuesday, July 17  
7:30 – 8:15 am Networking Continental Breakfast
7:30 am – 4 pm Registration & Table-top Exhibits Open
8:30 am – noon Youth Leadership Track
10:20 – 10:40 am Networking Refreshment Break
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch On Own
1:30 – 5 pm Youth Leadership Track
2:50 – 3:10 pm Networking Refreshment Break
5:15 – 8 pm Community Service Project
6:30 - 8 pm Youth Pool Party
   
Wednesday, July 18  
7:30 – 8:15 am Networking Continental Breakfast
7:30 am – 4 pm Registration & Table-top Exhibits Open
8:30 am – noon Youth Leadership Track
10:20 – 10:40 am Networking Refreshment Break
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch On Own
1:30 – 5 pm Youth Leadership Track
2:50 – 3:10 pm Networking Refreshment Break 
8 - 9:30 pm Youth Dance
   
Thursday, July 19  
7:30 – 8:15 am Networking Continental Breakfast
7:30 am – 4 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – noon Youth Leadership Track
10:20 – 10:40 am Networking Refreshment Break
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch On Own
1:30 – 5 pm Youth Leadership Track
2:50 – 3:10 pm Networking Refreshment Break
5 pm MYTI Adjourns