Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network

Young people are often the center of community conversations regarding substance use and misuse, mental health, and peer to peer relationships. Youth are also often thought to be at high risk for making unhealthy lifestyle choices. In reality, most Ohio adolescents are not using substances and are making healthy choices for themselves and serving as champions for their peers.
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OYLPN is a statewide network of youth-led substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion providers and youth who are committed to the cornerstones of youth-led prevention, positive youth development, peer to peer messaging and youth empowerment. It is comprised of:

  • Ohio Adult Allies are organized into Regional Learning Collaboratives (RLC) led by youth-led prevention subject matter experts. Adult Allies hold extensive knowledge of youth-led prevention science and experience guiding young people through the process of creating community-level change. The regional learning collaboratives are designed to be accessible to Adult Allies across the state and represent a variety of community settings. Learn more at the Ohio Adult Allies homepage.
  • OYLPN Youth Council is composed of Ohio high school students from local youth-led groups whose goal is to expand the understanding and importance of substance use/misuse prevention, mental health promotion and youth empowerment. Through a strategic planning process with guidance from their Adult Allies, the youth council identifies an area of focus relevant to youth and work to impact community change with their peers. Through the use of comprehensive prevention strategies, youth council members develop and implement activities and messaging around their area of focus to engage with peers and adults across the state. Learn more at the OYLPN Youth Council homepage.
  • We Are Change Rally (formally We Are The Majority Rally) Since its beginning in 2012, thousands of young people from across the state have convened in Columbus annually to show their commitment to a healthy lifestyle, deconstruct the stigma around teen substance misuse, and support one another with like-minded individuals. As youth environments have evolved, young people have greater awareness of overall mental wellbeing and its influence in disrupting substance use/misuse. Healthy youth are empowered youth and the We Are Change Rally encourages youth to become change agents to create positive change for themselves, their peers and their communities.

The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network provides needed support for youth, schools, parents and youth serving 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 and youth mental health promotion 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 oylpn@preventionactionalliance.org.