Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board convenes regularly throughout the year to support all youth who are actively involved in the work of their Local Prevention Councils* (LPC) and/or coalitions. Board meetings provide a forum for youth members to garner peer feedback regarding local community initiatives, drive the group’s annual scope of work through the examination of common prevention topics of concern to all members and simply have fun together.
Youth have an opportunity to network with like-minded young people, collaborate on overarching prevention initiatives and develop their own professional skills through advanced trainings in prevention, leadership and advocacy. Professional guest speakers are invited to share their expertise during Board Meetings and special training sessions designed just for Youth Advisory Board members.
Members of the Youth Advisory Board frequently serve as ambassadors for their peers in providing local, state and federal legislative testimony on relevant prevention issues. Members may participate in and provide leadership for local, regional and statewide trainings/events/initiatives such as National Prevention Week, Drug Take-Back Days and more.
The Board is enriched through the vast diversity of its participants from all corners of our state and is recognized by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to satisfy specific grantee requirements.
*In CT, each municipality has a Local Prevention Council (LPC) whose goal is to increase public awareness of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention and to stimulate the development and implementation of local prevention activities, with a primary focus on youth. Many also address social-emotional health, recognizing the strong relationship between substance misuse and mental health disorders. LPCs are coalitions consisting of stakeholders from 12 identified sectors [including the youth sector]. SAMSHA Website
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