Letting Go and Leaning in: The Power of Youth-Driven Prevention Work in Rural Communities
In this session, participants will be led through an interactive discussion on how a rural Michigan health department implemented prevention work driven entirely by youth. Through the collaboration of prevention coalitions and youth teams in Lake, Mason and Oceana Counties, District Health Department #10 has successfully hosted an annual Youth Summit event for (and planned by) area high school students for four consecutive years (2016-2019). Participants will learn best practices and lessons learned for engaging with youth and allowing youth to take the lead on planning and implementing a large-scale prevention event.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Indicate which key partners in their community they would need to engage with in order to coordinate a youth-led prevention event
2) Describe 2-5 reasons for engaging youth in prevention work (in-person and virtually)
3) Identify resources in their community to support implementation of a youth summit event (e.g. funding, collaborative partners, supplies, volunteers)