Partnership Opportunities

Registration Schedule

Virtual Mid-Year Youth Leadership Need to Know Info

Parent Consent Forms: They have been significantly shortened to include only a media release form, but we still need all participating youth to turn one in.

Youth Log-In: Yes, students will have their own separate training track Monday Thursday and go through Youth Leadership Key Essentials or Advanced Youth Leadership. We ask one adult advisor to accompany each group of youth.

Length of Day: Each day will last from 10:30 am-6 pm EDT at the latest. Youth and adult trainings will include periodic breaks and a lunch time.

Youth Engagement: Youth Leadership Key Essentials and Advanced course will include a wide range of interactive and participatory activities to keep youth involved throughout the day and prove that this training is MUCH different than any Zoom classes they may currently be taking. We will be offering a VIRTUAL YOUTH MEET AND GREET SCAVENGER HUNT and will be hosting a VIRTUAL CADCA YOUTH DANCE w/ live stream and DJ.

Each day will include a series of raffles for youth who sign on to all sessions, prizes will include: free lunch through GrubHub, Amazon gift cards, as well as a number of other prizes.


Monday, July 27  
10:30 - 11:30 am Opening Plenary
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Opening Ceremonies
12:30 - 1 pm Introductions and Expectations (Youth will be divided into breakout rooms at this itime)
1 - 2 pm ONDCP Town Hall
2 - 2:45 pm Key Essentials: Leadership Development for Social Change
2 - 3:30 pm Advanced: Logic Model: Using Data from your Community Assessment 
3 - 3:30 pm Key Essentials: Introduction to Leadership/ SPF Overview 
3:30 - 3:40 pm Break or Activity 
3:40 - 5 pm Key Essentials: Community Assessment
3:40 - 5 pm Advanced: Logic Model Presentations      
5 - 5:30 pm Youth Meet & Greet
Tuesday, July 28  
10:30 - 11 am Morning Inspiration
11 - 11:45 am Key Essentials: What’s Going On In Your Community?
11 - 11:45 am Advanced: Transformational Leadership in Coalitions & Cultural Humility
11:45 am - 1 pm Key Essentials: Identifying Problem Statements & Public Health Model 
11:45 am - 1 pm Advanced: Environmental Strategies Interventions and Policy Change
1 - 1:30 pm Keynote
1:30 - 2 pm Break
2 - 2:45 pm Key Essentials: Problem Analysis Part I: But Why?
2 - 2:45 pm  Advanced: Developing an Effective Advocacy Campaign for Policy Change & Making Your Case
3 - 4:30 pm Key Essentials: Cultural Competence and Understanding 
3 - 4:30 pm Advanced: Power Analysis & Mock Council Meeting Prep
4:30 - 5 pm Keynote
5 - 5:30 pm Networking
Wednesday, July 29  
10:30 - 11 am Morning Inspiration
11 - 11:45 am Key Essentials: Problem Analysis Part II: But Why Here?
11 pm - 12:15 pm Advanced: Mock Council Meeting Prep
11:30 am - noon Key Essentials: Logic Model Report Out
11:45 am - 1 pm Key Essentials: Review of But Why?/But Why Here? & What is Our Model for Change?
1 - 1:30 pm Keynote
1:30 - 2 pm Break
2 - 2:45 pm Key Essentials: Overview of Interventions
2 - 2:45 pm Advanced: Mock City Council Meeting 
3 - 4:30 pm Key Essentials: Interventions (Continued)
3 - 4:30 pm Advanced: Mock City Council Meeting Debrief and Coalition Cross-Share 
4:30 - 5 pm Keynote
5 - 6 pm Virtual Youth Dance
Thursday, July 30  
10:30 - 11 am Morning Inspiration
11 - 11:45 am Key Essentials: Youth-in-Action Projects
11 - 11:45 am Advanced: Youth-in-Action Presentation Prep
11:45 am - 1 pm Key Essentials: Youth-in-Action Presentations & Advocating for Change
11:45 am - 1 pm Advanced: Youth-in-Action Presentations
1 - 1:30 pm Keynote
1:30 - 2 pm Break
2 - 2:45 pm Key Essentials: Amazing Maze & Evaluations
2 - 2:45 pm Advanced: Graduation / Evaluations
3 - 5 pm All Youth: Youth Voice (Closing Exercise: Participants Share Their Experiences with the Larger Group) & Wrap Up
4:30 - 5 pm Closing Keynote


Building partnerships with diverse stakeholders at the community level is the foundation of the coalition model. To accomplish true sustainability and long-term impact, it is imperative that we empower youth to be catalysts and sustainers of community change. CADCA Youth Leadership Training Courses develop the skills of youth in your community and provides them with necessary tools to help your coalition achieve community-level change.

Our training engages, develops, inspires, and empowers young people ages 13-18 years old to take youth-led civic action in their communities. CADCA Youth Leadership has trained more than 10,000 youth globally over the last three years and the youth movement continues to grow!


CADCA Youth Leadership Initiative Offers Two Separate Courses at Mid-Year: Key Essentials & Advanced

Both courses must be attended by youth and their adult coalition advisor to support the learning process. 

The Key Essentials Course equips participants with the foundational tools needed to take the first steps in addressing problems surrounding substance use and misuse in their communities, utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework.  Youth Leadership skills are developed through highly interactive and participatory lessons meant to make youth think critically about their roles as leaders in social change. 

Key Essentials esta ofrecida en español con espacio limitado.  Por favor contactar para más información sobre como registrar. 
Key Essentials is also offered in Spanish and has limited seating.  Please contact for more registration information. 

The Advanced Course is only open to youth who have completed the Key Essentials Course and are committed to taking their work a step further. This course offers a more in-depth look at the Strategic Prevention Framework including data collection and analysis, advocacy and policy change, and transformational leadership through experience learning. 

Advanced registrants must submit products prior to attending (DUE July 13, 2020), the Coalition Community Assessment (with data), Logic Model (with data) and Youth-in-Action Project.  If these products are not received, you will be re-registered for the Key Essentials Course. 


What to Know Before Registering

  1. There are two separate Youth Leadership courses at Mid-Year. Only the Youth Leadership Advanced Course has eligibility requirements.
  2. Coalition adult advisors are required to participate with youth for all Youth Leadership trainings. Advisors are needed to help guide the interactive and participatory lessons.
  3. The deadline for Youth Leadership Advanced Course products is July 13, 2020. They must be emailed to
  4. We must have a Parent Consent Form for every youth attending Mid-Year  by July 24, 2020. Complete the form here