Beyond Adultism and Tokenism

10:00 AM
11:15 AM


Adultism is the widely held belief that adults are inherently more valuable and more important than young people, and are justified in inflicting our will upon young people without their consent. For decades, the field of substance misuse prevention has been rife with this oppressive and false belief. In this dynamic and interactive workshop, a popular staple at two prior CADCA National Leadership Forums, we will explore ways for coalition leaders to identify and move beyond adultist practices in their communities. Additionally, participants will learn how to avoid the pitfall of tokenism, which leads to exploiting youth in roles that are inauthentic and ineffective. Youth are not "the future," youth are "the now." Come and get on board!

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) Identify and overcome at least three barriers to involving young people authentically and ethically in their coalitions

2) Develop roles for youth within their coalitions that reflect inclusion, justice and overall effectiveness in changing community norms

3) Identify and update adultist language and practices within their coalitions and throughout their communities

31st Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 17th Prevention Day


Nigel Wrangham
Lead Trainer