Youth Leadership Programs

Celebrating the bright futures of our young people.

Youth leave our programs as Prevention Advocates — using their skills to learn from the past, and the future, make good decisions, and also share this impact with their friends and social circles.

Current Programs

Teen Institute

Teens have the time of their lives at TI! They participate in workshops, games, sports, and dancing and have plenty of time to hang out with new friends. Teens arrive as strangers and, after four days, leave with close, enduring friendships.

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Red Ribbon

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in America, reaching millions of students each year during the last week of October. By wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug events, young people pledge to live a drug-free life and pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena (1947-1985).

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ElevatEd

The Elevate Youth Council strives to prevent underage drinking and related substance misuse through awareness, education, and advocacy, and to create strong and healthy communities. Youth develop strong advocacy skills through monthly meetings and workshops.

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Hear Us

Hear Us is a statewide youth advocacy day held in Jefferson City each March. Young people spend the morning learning about advocacy and substance use prevention.

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Teen Baseline

A one-day experience, the Teen Baseline Training guides participants through activities that help them better understand their personal baseline regarding their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. 

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