CADCA’s Mid-Year Youth Leadership Track will include two training courses, our Key Essentials Course and our Leveling Up Communities Courses. CADCA's Youth Leadership Training Courses develop critical thinking skills in youth and equip them with necessary tools to help coalitions achieve community-level change. Our training empowers young people to take youth-led civic action in their communities. There are NO requirements in order to attend either our Key Essentials training or our Leveling Up Communities Training. Please register here.
WHAT TO EXPECT/NEED TO KNOW INFORMATION
What are the age requirements?
The Youth Leadership Courses are designed for ages 13–18-year-old; however, email us if you have an exception at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are adults required to participate with the youth in youth leadership courses?
Yes. Teams should have at least one adult advisor to guide their youth throughout the process. This is not a chaperone role, but instead a coach/mentor from the coalition who will support the implementation of strategies developed upon returning to the coalition. If a youth does not have an adult advisor and would like to participate in our youth leadership training courses please email us, email@example.com.
What is the attire?
The attire is casual during training sessions. Nothing too tight, loose, short or revealing.
What to bring?
A pen/pencil, a desire to make a difference in your community. If your coalition has this, you may want to bring your community data (for ex: youth survey data).
The Key Essentials Course equips participants with the foundational tools needed to take the first steps in solving their communities’ problems around drugs, underage drinking, prescription drugs and other social ills using the Strategic Prevention Framework.
The Leveling Up Communities Course offers new insight into the work we do within our communities, to ensure that it impacts all community members, especially those who need it most. Health equity is becoming an integral concept within substance misuse prevention efforts, and this track will address how we can facilitate change in our communities through this perspective.
KEY ESSENTIALS OBJECTIVES (English and Spanish)
Become more engaged Youth Leaders
Learn and apply the Strategic Prevention Framework process
Learn and apply components of a Community Assessment
Conduct a Problem Analysis
Learn the 7 Behavioral Change Strategies for a Comprehensive Intervention
Develop an Action Plan for next steps for a "Youth- In-Action" Project
LEVELING UP COMMUNITIES' OBJECTIVES
Gain an understanding and be able to effectively communicate key concepts relating to health equity in coalition work
Ability to create and deliver plans to embed equity in coalition work
Create a Recruitment Plan, with a focus on equitable and sustainable recruitment
Create and present and Advocacy Plan
Create an Action Plan to create equitable, community-level change