Contrary to what you may hear or read, the majority of young people are not participating in substance misuse. In fact, many of them are actively campaigning to making sure they and their peers avoid risky behaviors like drinking, drug use, and physical violence. The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network is a partner in that effort.
OYLPN is a network of youth-led substance misuse prevention providers and youth across the state who are committed to the cornerstones of youth-led prevention, peer prevention, positive youth development, and community service. It is comprised of:
- Ohio Adult Allies are organized into Regional Learning Collaboratives (RLC) who are led by youth-led prevention leaders that hold extensive knowledge of youth-led prevention science and experience guiding young people through the process of creating community-level change. There are six designated regions across the state that represent a variety of community settings. Learn more at the Ohio Adult Allies homepage.
- OYLPN Youth Council engages a selection of high school-age young people from across Ohio in the understanding and importance of drug use/misuse prevention and promoting mental health wellness. Through guidance from adult allies, the youth council identifies priority areas they develop through a strategic planning process to implement activities and messaging to their peers across the state. Learn more at the OYLPN Youth Council homepage.
- We Are The Majority (WATM) Rally began as a way for young people to demonstrate their commitment to living healthy lifestyles free of drug and alcohol misuse. Youth organizers wanted to show adults and other young people that stereotypes depicting teen drug use as normal were not only harmful but untrue. For the last 10 years, thousands of young people from across the state have convened annually on the statehouse steps to show their commitment to a healthy lifestyle, deconstruct the stigma around teen substance misuse and support one another with like-minded individuals. Look for announcements for the May 2022 WATM Rally early in 2022.
The network provides needed support for student, school and parent organizations, and can connect you with other like-minded groups in addition to providing resources, training, and more. As a joint-venture between Prevention Action Alliance and the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, we build and expand partnerships between youth-led substance misuse prevention programs that develop and strengthen prevention efforts at the state and local levels.
To learn more about or join the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, contact us at (614) 540-9985 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.