Empowering Adults to Empower Youth

10:00 AM
11:15 AM


Engaged youth are a vital part of our coalitions, but empowered youth can be our strongest advocates. How do we inspire our adult coalition members to empower our youth? What do our youth need from our coalition leaders to be effective? Join us as we discuss solutions to real world challenges from the perspective of both youth and adult coalition leaders. Learn how one community not only involves youth, but gives them the necessary tools to be community champions. Specific examples of youth empowerment will be shared on youth tobacco prevention policy advocacy efforts.

Learning Objectives

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

1) List three common mistakes that adults unintentionally do that actually disempower youth

2) Describe the difference between an engaged youth and an empowered youth

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


Virginia Johnson
Substance Use Prevention Director
Fuquay-Varina Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Community
Tahjanee Givens
Youth Leader
Fuquay-Varina Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Community