Youth are an essential part of the coalition building process. Youth bring critical insight to what they are facing each day in their communities. CADCA’s mission is to build the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities, and one of the ways CADCA accomplishes its mission is through the development of youth leaders.

CADCA-trained youth leaders accomplish great things in their communities. Youth leaders have changed local parks from risky places to clean, family-friendly environments. Youth have changed local ordinances and testified at state hearings on powdered alcohol regulation. That is why CADCA will be offering two separate tracks to meet the needs of youth leaders from around the nation.

Breakout Session Track The first track is an independent slate of topical and relevant breakout sessions for young leaders to learn about the latest advances in health equity, prevention science, coalition capacity building, policy & advocacy, sustainability and best practices. CADCA Youth Leadership sessions are singular, interactive training sessions targeted to young coalition leaders who are looking to be more engaged in their coalitions. This track features experts from the field and youth leaders training youth on prevention development skills. Youth attendees will learn how to identify and address substance misuse issues in their community and amongst their peers, including underage drinking, prescription drug misuse and marijuana use.

Key Essentials Express Track The second track offered is a condensed version of our flagship “Key Essentials” training, which takes youth through the fundamentals of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and inspires them to be change agents in their communities. This course trains young leaders through a peer-to-peer learning model on the fundamentals of the SPF and how to be effective change agents. Upon the conclusion of Key Essentials, youth will be equipped and inspired to address substance misuse in their communities. Youth who sign up for this track must attend every session, and it is recommended that an adult advisor attend this track with youth from the coalition.

*NEW* Essentials Health Equity The third track is called “Leveling Up Communities”. This track offers new insight into the work that coalitions do within their communities to help those who need it most. This theme is an integral concept within substance misuse prevention and is key to facilitate change. Youth who sign up for this track must attend every session, and it is recommended that an adult advisor attend this track with youth from the coalition.

Youth Parent Consent Form This form is required for all registered youth 18 years old or younger. Select the buttons below to complete.

Sunday, January 30

3-7 pm
Registration Opens

Monday, January 31

Forum Kickoff Day

7 am-5:30 pm
Registration Hours

3-4:30 pm
Opening Session – Coalition Academy Graduation & Blue Ribbon Coalition Awards

4:30-5 pm
Cultural Exhibition

5-6:30 pm
Opening Reception

8-9:30 pm
Youth Meet & Greet
(Open to All Youth)

Tuesday, February 1

7 am-5:30 pm
Registration Hours

7:30-8:15 am
Networking Breakfast & Coalitions Ideas Fair

7:30 am-4 pm
Exhibit Hours

8:30-11 am
National Leadership Plenary

11-11:30 am
Networking Break

11:30-12:45 pm
Adult and Youth Training Sessions

12:45-2:15 pm
Lunch (On Your Own)

2:15-3:30 pm
Adult and Youth Training Sessions

3:30-4 pm
Networking Break

4-5:15 pm
Adult and Youth Training Sessions

5:30-7 pm
State & Territory Meetings

Wednesday, February 2

7 am-4 pm
Registration Hours

7:30-8:15 am
Networking Breakfast & Coalitions Ideas Fair

7:30 am-3 pm
Exhibit Hours

8:30-10:30 am
Capitol Hill Day
Plenary and Legislative Update

10:45-Noon
Adult and Youth Training Sessions

Noon-5 pm
Capitol Hill Day Appointments

8-9:30 pm
Youth Talent Show (Open to All Youth)

Thursday, February 3

7 am-12:30 pm
Registration Hours

7:30-8:45 am
Membership Breakfast
(Open to All)

9-10:15 am
Adult and Youth Training Sessions

10:15-10:45 am
Networking Break

10:45-Noon
Adult and Youth Training Sessions

12:20-2:30 pm
National Leadership Awards Plenary

2:45-4 pm
Adult and Youth Training Sessions

2:45-4 pm
Forum Concludes

CADCA is committed to providing a safe, healthy and memorable experience when we as a field convene again in person. Rest assured that CADCA is hard at work preparing for an unforgettable National Leadership Forum experience for you! We have been closely monitoring local, state and federal guidelines related to large gatherings during the ongoing pandemic and have consulted with our vendor partners to ensure extended protocols are in place on-site.

Specifically, out of an abundance of caution and safety, CADCA invites all registered attendees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to join us in-person. While on-site at Forum, attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination and to wear masks at all times (except when actively eating or drinking). CADCA will also be asking attendees to conduct daily health screening self-assessments using the CADCA Forum event app. More details will be shared on these and other health and safety precautions in the coming weeks.

CADCA considers people as fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with CDC guidelines:

• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

CADCA encourages all eligible individuals to receive booster vaccinations as prescribed.

Information on federal, state and local guidelines related to large convenings can be found here: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state of Maryland, Prince George’s county.

CADCA is committed to providing a safe, healthy and memorable experience when we as a field convene again in person. Rest assured that CADCA is hard at work preparing for an unforgettable National Leadership Forum experience for you! We have been closely monitoring local, state and federal guidelines related to large gatherings during the ongoing pandemic and have consulted with our vendor partners to ensure extended protocols are in place on-site.

Specifically, out of an abundance of caution and safety, CADCA invites all registered attendees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to join us in-person. While on-site at Forum, attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination and to wear masks at all times (except when actively eating or drinking). CADCA will also be asking attendees to conduct daily health screening self-assessments using the CADCA Forum event app. More details will be shared on these and other health and safety precautions in the coming weeks.

CADCA considers people as fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with CDC guidelines:

• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

CADCA encourages all eligible individuals to receive booster vaccinations as prescribed.

Information on federal, state and local guidelines related to large convenings can be found here: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state of Maryland, Prince George’s county.