Youth Leadership Team
The SRSLY Youth Leadership Team is comprised of students in grades 5-12. Any student who wants to help with SRSLY's mission can join. The students help plan substance-free events and other programs and activities.
The Youth Leadership Team is a great way for students to build their leadership skills. Youth learn about strategic planning, community assessment, evaluating data, and more. Students also get many opportunities to practice leadership skills in the real world by presenting to local community groups, talking to younger students, and running events.
SRSLY youth have the opportunity to attend several substance use prevention conferences:
Every June, the Youth to Youth International's Conference is held in Columbus, Ohio and unites youth from across the country to build relationships and strengthen their prevention work. Y2Y, as the youth call it, focuses exclusively on youth and offers a week of workshops; speakers; and fun, substance-free events. All four SRSLY coalitions take youth going into grades 8 and up to this energetic conference each summer!
Each February, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) hosts its National Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. More than 3,000 adults and youth attend this national conference every year. Speakers include national leaders from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and more. Youth are able to take CADCA's youth leadership trainings, which teaches them the foundations of coalition work. On Capitol Hill Day, students are invited to meet with their local representatives to educate them on the prevention work that they are doing in their communities.
Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES)
The Youth Empowerment Solutions Program (or “YES”) is designed to help middle school students develop the knowledge and skills they need to plan and lead community change projects here in Chelsea. SRSLY believes that the best way to make positive changes in our community, and reduce destructive behaviors like underage drinking and drug use, is to let youth take the lead. The YES Program prepares them to do just that.
The YES Program was developed by the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The SRSLY Coalition is implementing the YES Program in Chelsea in order to empower young people and create positive community change. With permission from the original authors, SRSLY has adapted the original curriculum to specifically target destructive behavior in Chelsea youth.
The training consists of five in-service trainings at Beach Middle School and additional team meetings as needed through the end of the school year. The in-service trainings are held during elective periods and cover teamwork, leadership and project planning. The program includes a community asset visit, a discussion with community leaders, and a "windshielding" activity, during which youth learn how to identify community assets and liabilities.
The YES Program is held every year at Beach Middle School, usually starting in February. Know of a student you would like to recommend to the program? Are you a student who would like to sign up? Contact your school counselor or SRSLY staff directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.