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.

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.

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
Regisration Opens

Monday, January 31

7 am-5:30 pm
Regisration Hours

8:30 am-4:30 pm
SAMHSA's 18th
Preventions Day

5-6:30 pm
Forum's Opening
Reception, Coalitions
Ideas Fair and Exibitions Open

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

Tuesday, February 1

7 am-5:30 pm
Regisration 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 & NCA Graduation

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
Regisration 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 Dance at Pose (Open to All Youth)

Thursday, February 3

7 am-12:30 pm
Regisration 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