Thank you for your interest in CADCA’S National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC). NYAC promotes diversity, creates a youth-adult partnership, trains youth to speak on behalf of other youth and CADCA and grows leadership skills. CADCA aims to increase youths' knowledge on topics such as substance misuse, equity and overall health by leading projects, programs and trainings.

NYAC's five pillars are:

  • Equity
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Compassion
  • Cooperation

NYAC members must be 14-18 years of age on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Members must serve a two-year term (dating back from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2023) and cannot serve more than one term. NYAC members are expected to participate in a certain number of meetings and activities throughout the two years.

Key features of the NYAC include:

  1. Quarterly meetings (via Zoom)
  2. Gatherings at large events, such as Forum and Mid-Year
  3. Professional training development
  4. Community hours
  5. Certification
  6. And more!

For questions, email Jasmine Gatlin, CADCA's Youth Leadership Manager, at