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Do you know a high school student in or near Prescott Valley who is looking for leadership training to develop their skills and put their resume or college applications on their feet? The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is partnering with CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) to provide a unique opportunity for high school students in Yavapai County.
The DEA sponsors this free 4-day training with the goal of building the skills and ability 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 takes place July 25-28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Yavapai College Prescott.
Students are encouraged to provide their unique perspective on issues that affect them in their community. This is achieved through highly interactive and collaborative training that goes through the Strategic Prevention Framework which is a proven model of community change that increases leadership capacities, civic and political engagement and problem solving in young people.
With rising teen drug addiction and the fentanyl crisis plaguing communities across the country, this leadership training can help teens gain the confidence to raise awareness and educate their peers. Leadership training can also be applied to issues related to bullying, peer pressure, or texting while driving. Teens need to feel like their voice is heard and they need to be involved in discussions that affect them and their peers.
Every day, CADCA will build on its 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 final day and free loot will be given to each participant. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided each day.
A certificate of achievement will be given on the last day of the training. Kelly Lee, Community Outreach Specialist under contract with the DEA, shares, “Last year we hosted local high school students and you could see their growth every day. They tackled real problems and offered strategies to solve them. They also had fun and exposure to career exploration and the college campus. It was a truly transformative 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 DEA Community Outreach Specialist Kelly Lee with any questions or for more information at [email protected]. To register for the youth training, please visit yavapai.dea.gov and click on the Events tab. Space is limited so register today!