Coalitions United: Youth Leadership
Any student in 4th-12th grades who wants to work to change the opinions of their peers on alcohol, tobacco or prescription drugs and learn more about mental health and is welcome to join our youth coalition. Through a once/week meeting, we help students learn about tobacco, alcohol, drugs, mental health, trauma, and more and how they affect us, gain leadership skills and focus on things they are passionate about. We also offer a monthly service project to allow students the opportunity to get involved in and give back to their community and opportunities for training and other educational activities throughout the year.
CCDP partners with Tri-Cities Education Association for Christian Homeschoolers in Elizabethton for a weekly SADD Club. This club publishes a bi-weekly newsletter for their peers, reporting on topics of concern. For more than 30 years, SADD has been committed to empowering young people to lead education and prevention initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981 in Wayland, Massachusetts, SADD has grown to become the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth education and prevention organization with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. In 1997, in response to requests from SADD students themselves, SADD expanded its mission and its name and now sponsors chapters called Students Against Destructive Decisions. SADD continues to endorse a firm “No Use’ message related to use of alcohol and other drugs. With its expanded focus, SADD now highlights prevention of all destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including traffic safety, substance abuse, and an array of issues dealing with personal health and safety.
Our mission is to be a safe place for all teens and to educate their peers and families about acceptance and subjects such as: Microaggressions, different sexual orientations, black history, respecting pronouns and other things that will help form a base understanding.
Looking for a way to engage middle or high schoolers in discussions around stigma, substance abuse and overdose? Developed by youth for youth, this toolkit is a great way to get them thinking and talking!