The Center for Social Innovation and Rise Above Colorado will present the case for why youth engagement is essential in designing and implementing youth substance misuse prevention strategies, with examples of how to do so effectively. Youth engagement can range from equitable partnership to tokenism or — worse — manipulation. Presenters will use Hart’s Ladder, a youth engagement scale, to help participants define where their current youth engagement efforts lie and identify opportunities to build upon these efforts. The Center for Social Innovation will describe strategies to help organizations move their efforts higher on the youth engagement scale, with successful examples from across prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery, such as peer-to-peer recovery and early intervention models. These examples will highlight that there are a variety of ways to meaningfully engage youth.
Rise Above Colorado is a youth-driven prevention organization with a mission to empower youth with the education and resources to prevent substance misuse. Drawing upon the Positive Youth Development framework, Rise Above will highlight tools that create the space for youth to engage as equitable partners in the initiatives that are meant to impact them. These practical examples include the development of the Rise Above Teen Action Council, social media campaign engagement, and the community partner resource network, all of which help embed youth voices within prevention efforts across Colorado.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.