Free Youth Leadership Training – Signals AZ

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Do you know a high school student in Prescott Valley or the surrounding areas who is looking for leadership training to build their skill and to put on their resume or college applications? The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is partnering with CADCA (the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) to bring a unique opportunity to Yavapai County high school students.

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The DEA is sponsoring this free 4-day training with the goal of strengthening the skills and capacity of young people to influence positive change in the community where they live. Students will engage in person at Yavapai College with a CADCA trainer. There will also be two DEA representatives at Yavapai College with the students each day to help facilitate the training. This event is being held from July 25th-28th from 10 am-3 pm on the Yavapai College Prescott campus.

Students are encouraged to give their unique perspective on issues concerning them in their community. This is achieved through a highly interactive and collaborative training that goes through the Strategic Prevention Framework which is a proven model for community change that increases leadership capacities, civic and political engagement, and problem-solving among youth.

With the rise of drug addiction among teens and the fentanyl crisis occurring in communities across the country, this leadership training can help teens gain confidence in bringing awareness and education to their peers. Leadership training can also be applied to issues surrounding bullying, peer pressure, or texting and driving. Teens need to feel that their voices are being heard and need to be brought to the table on discussions that impact them and their peers.

Each day CADCA will build on their leadership training with interactive and collaborative work. The DEA will also bring in guest speakers from the Yavapai College Campus Police Department, MATFORCE, and the Air National Guard for career exploration and prevention messaging. There will be a fun graduation event on the last day and free swag given to each participant. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided each day.

A certificate of completion will be given on the last day of the training. Kelly Lee, Community Outreach Specialist contracting with the DEA shares, “Last year we had an area high school student attend and you could see their growth each day. They tackled real issues and came up with strategies to address them. They also had fun and were exposed to career exploration and the college campus. It was a truly transformational experience for these students.”

For more information on CADCA and their youth leadership training please visit their link at https://www.cadca.org/nyli. Please contact the DEA Community Outreach Specialist, Kelly Lee, with any questions or for more information at kelly.j.lee@usdoj.gov. To register for the youth training please visit yavapai.dea.gov and click on the Events tab. Space is limited so register today!

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