Statewide Youth Leadership Council 2017-2018 Application
Friday, June 20, 2017
Peer-to-Peer Program Manager
The Governor’s Prevention Partnership
30 Jordan Lane, Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 757-3592
APPLICATION ATTACHED INCLUDES:
Complete the Youth Application and the Adult Nomination Forms Electronically and upload below.
(Print and have a parent or guardian sign and bring it to the first meeting)
Also upload your latest academic report card with the materials attached.
About the Statewide Youth Leadership Council
Role of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership
The Governor’s Prevention Partnership (The Partnership) is a statewide organization committed to addressing critical issues affecting the youth of CT. Originally, The Partnership focused solely on preventing the devastating effects drugs were having on the workforce. Today it has evolved into the only statewide organization that prevents bullying and youth violence, underage drinking and substance abuse, and provides long term mentoring relationships. The work of The Partnership helps parents, educators, community leaders and concerned adults to protect and give hope to the children in their care, and offers peer-to-peer support by developing resources that prevent underage drinking, substance abuse, youth violence and bullying, and promotes youth mentoring and peer to peer interactions
About the Statewide Youth Leadership Council
The Partnership believes that young people are an essential part of its work to prevent underage drinking and substance use. Youth have a critical voice in its decision making, program planning, and advocacy work. An active, committed Statewide Youth Leadership Council (Council) can shape future prevention efforts.
The 2017-2018 Council will be comprised of up to 15 high school students from around the state who will assist The Partnership in decision making, campaign development, and advocacy efforts. The members will be the youth voice that works with Partnership staff to create effective plans for prevention. Members of the Council will receive training on substance abuse prevention, leadership, communication, and advocacy. They will have the opportunity to network with other youth and with adults in the prevention field, and be given opportunities to put their leadership skills into practice. Members of the Council will work together to plan and execute a prevention campaign. They will also be offered opportunities to participate in media interviews, testify before the state legislature, attend meetings with key stakeholders, and participate in Partnership events. Youth Council members will also work closely with members of the Partnership’s Youth Advisory Board in the areas of mentoring, guidance, and support.
The Governor’s Prevention Partnership is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Up to 7 new members will join the 8 current members of the Council beginning in July 2017.
The Youth Council will meet in person at least once per month from July 2017 through June 2018. Meetings are scheduled at times chosen by members, typically late afternoon and evening during the week. Meetings are held in central locations, to accommodate members from around the state. Council members must provide their own transportation to and from meetings. Meeting dates for 2017-2018 will set by members in July 2017. There is no monetary compensation for participation.
Council meetings will be comprised of networking opportunities, trainings on a variety of substance abuse related topics, collaboration between the youth and The Partnership, and the development of a community awareness campaign. Council membership requires a commitment of at least one academic year.
Please note: In order to remain a member of the Statewide Youth Leadership Council, youth must attend at least 80% of meetings. Please consider this when submitting an application.
- The Youth Council is open to youth who will be high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the fall 2017 and enrolled in any public or private high school in Connecticut.
- Applicants should be in good academic standing (no lower than a “C” average overall).
- Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to make a commitment to the Council for more than one academic year.
- Applicants must be nominated by an adult in their school or community who has knowledge of their leadership skills and commitment to community service.
- Completed application, nomination form, and parent/guardian consent form must be submitted by June 14.
- Students participating on the Council are positive role models to their peers. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to community service, particularly in activities related to substance abuse prevention. Applicants should demonstrate leadership within their school or community.
Participants will be selected from the pool of applicants by staff of The Governor’s Prevention Partnership. Those selected will be notified no later than June 23, 2017.
Roles and Responsibilities
The roles and responsibilities of members of the Council include:
- Commit to active membership on the Council for at least one full academic year. Members must currently be a student in a public or private high school in Connecticut.
- Attend meetings as scheduled and provide own transportation.
- Complete any action steps in between meetings, as requested. This may include - but not limited to - brainstorming, researching topics, brief write-ups and implementing activities.
- Participate in any group conference calls and online discussions.
- Speak with members of the press or public on questions related to substance abuse prevention at the direction of Partnership staff.
Benefits of Membership
Council members have an opportunity to be involved in statewide substance abuse prevention and advocacy opportunities. The Council provides a platform for high school students to use their voice and make a positive impact. Participants will improve their leadership and communication skills, and learn advocacy and prevention strategies. Other benefits include:
- Certificate recognizing your participation.
- Great addition to a college application, demonstrating leadership and commitment to improving your community.
- Enhance your resume.
- Mentoring from young adults working in the substance abuse prevention field.
- Preference for college level internships with The Governor’s Prevention Partnership