Innovation 101: Harnessing the Power of Youth and using Technology to Broaden your Reach

Monday, July 15th
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Grapevine A

With today's fast paced world, it's getting increasingly difficult to draw large numbers of people out for evening events, round tables, and forums to discuss the issues surrounding youth substance use. With new trends like vaping, marijuana legalization (or the threat of), opioids, and an increasing market on diversion products our job of protecting youth isn’t getting any easier. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to harness the power of youth to create change in their community by building their skills to work across sectors to build relationships, create campaigns, or advocate for policy change. Participants will engage in an interactive session of videos, activities, and real life examples to better understand the needs of their community and how they can engage and build youth leaders to be the drivers of change. We will hear from youth what being a part of prevention has meant to them, how it changed not only themselves, but what they were able to accomplish in their own schools and towns. Participants will also see how youth can team up with adults to utilize technology in different ways to reach larger groups of people. There will be examples of videos, PSAs, radio shows, using live-streaming, social media, and interactive presentations to engage audiences in new ways. Participants will see how investing in the leadership of a handful of powerful students has and will grow your initiative to reach hundreds of community members. Participants will see how youth leaders have come together in a regional way to teach not only their peers at annual events, but how they’ve also engaged adults in how to better work with youth. Finally, participants will see first-hand what using youth and new strategies has done to increase the numbers of community members reached, and what impact we’re hoping to see come from that in terms of changed behaviors and a more educated cohort of parents and young people.

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

1. Participants will learn how to recruit, develop, and sustain youth leadership within their community.
2. Participants will hear from students what leadership in substance abuse prevention has done for themselves and their community.
3. Participants will see examples of interactive prevention messages and strategies and begin to develop a plan for their community.
4. Participants will see how using various forms of technology, and interactive strategies can help to engage learners of all levels to effectively create change.

All presentations that have been made available to CADCA have been posted at this time.

Sessions without presentations were not made available to CADCA to share.

As a reminder, the password to access the presentations has emailed to participants and is also available on your Program Cover.

18th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute


Catherine Barden
Assistant Director, Community Support
Madison Youth and Family Services

Cristal DePietro
Social Services Coordinator
Madison Youth and Family Services