This comprehensive training program is designed to prepare adults to fill the role of adult adviser to a youth empowerment program where students will be taking part in community action to cause change. The focus will be on programs where participating students will be taking on the substance misuse problem. The training is also suitable for individuals who will be supervising adults who will be working with those youth. The training will include core concepts and some interactive opportunities to apply the principles discussed.
The training will include the philosophical foundation of youth empowerment, models of youth participation, and training on important best practices for administering a youth empowerment program. Administrative issues include such things as recruiting student participants, managing student info, communicating with students, and planning meetings.
In addition, attendees will receive training on how to develop core advocacy skills in youth, such as public presenting skills, media development skills, working with the press, and conducting advocacy events or rallies. Training tools that adults can use in developing these skills in youth will be demonstrated.
Extensive resources that can be used by advisers to help a youth group implement action projects and activities will be distributed. Many ideas for advocacy activities will be demonstrated to assist attendees in replicating those activities in their own communities, including community awareness campaigns, presentations, policy change, and media initiatives.
Attendees will conclude the training with the knowledge and resources they need to immediately assist a youth empowerment group in creating a radio PSA, performing theatrical skits, learning a short presentation, planning a campaign, or implementing a variety of other activities.
Training & Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the training, attendees will, at a minimum, be able to:
- Attendees will be able to describe the difference between Youth Involvement, Youth Engagement, and Youth Empowerment.
- Attendees will be able to list at least 8 Best Practices in the administration of a youth empowerment program.
- Attendees will be able to list the 4 major categories of youth advocacy and give examples of action steps in each.
- Attendees will be able to describe each of the 4 major Sections of the Youth Empowerment Toolkit and demonstrate the ability to access resources from the flash drive needed to support the implementation of specific activities and programs.
- Attendees will apply the principles of effective public speaking skills while performing an example of actual prevention material (radio PSA script, skit script, etc.).
- Attendees will be able to describe or demonstrate two techniques for teaching youth to speak effectively.
Breakdown of Training
- Morning Session: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
- Afternoon Session: 2:30PM - 4:30PM
This training is designed for Substance Abuse Block Grant Prevention Staff and other community-based youth advocates who wish to learn more about integrating youth and younger adults in overall community-based activities.
The event is intended to serve the professional needs of moderately experienced professionals or anyone interested in improving their ability to better manage projects.
Funding in whole or in part for this event was provided by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services with funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.