Youth Action

Empowering youth to help lead substance abuse prevention efforts across our communities is a high priority for our coalition. By working with youth we can better tailor the messages we send to youth and we can be more effective in the community outreach work we do. Working with youth is critical to reducing substance use in the community!

HCCA/ASAP works with schools, after-school youth programs, faith-based organizations, and others to build the capacity of youth to share their opinions and teach their peers how to make healthy choices. Projects include:

The Maranacook Opinion Leaders

This group of youth schedules and conducts conversations with small groups of middle school students about what they need to know about substance use and related issues, and help students learn how to make healthy choices.  The Opinion Leader group annually recruits new students from among their high school peers to sustain their work.

The Winthrop Youth Voices 

This group of youth shares substance abuse prevention messages with their high school and middle school peers about the risks of use and how to make healthy choices related to alcohol and other drugs.  They work with local retailers to do the Sticker Shock program twice a year.

The Augusta Boys and Girls Club 

This group of youth shares substance abuse prevention messages around the community they live in. They have participated in sticker shock events, KVTip educational sessions, and the C.A.R.E for youth town hall meeting.

The Gargusta Youth Group

This group of youth comes from a faith based organization out of Gardiner and Augusta. They share substance abuse prevention messages around the community they worship in. They have participated in sticker shock events, KVTip educational sessions, the C.A.R.E for youth town hall meeting, and have helped distribute state of Maine prevention materials.

 

If you are connected with a youth group that wants to partner with HCCA/ASAP, you are invited to contact Holly Kiidli (hkiidli@mcd.org) and help us expand the opportunities for youth in southern Kennebec County to make a difference concerning substance use.