Youth Leadership and Empowerment
The YAAC was formed by CADY as a vehicle to give youth of the Pemi-Baker and Newfound regions a means of taking positive action to impact their environments and being part of the solution to problems relating to substance misuse.
The YAAC utilizes the Youth to Youth Empowerment Model which includes three core steps:
- Education/Information: Youth leaders are provided with the background information needed to develop and understand pertinent issues. This provides the inspiration to act.
- Skill: Youth are provided with the skills needed to take action and cause change. This includes skill sets such as working effectively with media tools, providing a youth voice in the development of local prevention initiatives, and how to speak so people will listen.
- Action: Youth are provided the opportunity to use their leadership skills in the real world. They are given the chance to mentor younger students, produce videos and PSAs for YouTube and local Cable Access TV, and particpate in local and statewide advocacy projects.
The opportunity to take action and effect change is where the empowerment process is completed!
Tomorrow’s Leaders — Leading Today!
This opportunity was a weekend event sponsored by Breathe NH. The Launch youth traveled to Nashua, NH in November 2009, to partake in a state wide NH Youth Network Summit. They learned about advocacy, and leadership skills.
NH Youth-In-Action Award
“The New Future’s Youth in Action Award acknowledges the important role youth play in reducing and preventing alcohol and other drug problems in New Hampshire. The CADY Youth Advisory and Advocacy Council did an amazing job testifying before the Senate Finance Committee this past session on the importance of funding youth prevention programs. The group worked hard on a well thought out presentation and stayed on message—even when thrown a curve ball related to marijuana—which they answered with incredible aplomb. CADY youth carry the message of what it is like to be a kid today. Working with The Partnership for a Drug-Free NH, they share the #pledge2talk campaign with adults in their community and beyond. CADY educates community members about the impact of marijuana use on youth. The YAACs have also been active on the local level, helping folks in their town navigate what a medical marijuana dispensary could mean for increased youth access to marijuana. We are grateful for all of your outstanding work and are very pleased to honor you.” ~Linda Saunders Paquette, New Futures Executive Director