Information for Youth

 The places where people live, work and go to school can greatly influence the health of your friends, family and community.  Young people — working alongside residents, community coalitions, businesses and other leaders —can make their communities healthier by addressing substance use issues and advocating for strong prevention programs in their communities and schools.

  • Support community efforts to prevent substance use and participate in community activities that promote healthy behaviors – join your local community coalition or start one!  Coalition Map

  • Promote prevention at your school by joining or starting a school substance use prevention group.

Above the Influence. It’s a state of mind. It’s about being yourself and not letting negative influence get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in—that’s negative influence. And if you’re one of the teens who want to stay above it, visit Above the Influence

Students Against Destructive Decisions,  a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.

  • Practice different ways of saying no when people try to get you to do things that you don’t really want to do.

  • Even if your family provides a warm, caring, supportive place to grow, also seek support through adults in your school, community organizations, or faith community. The more positive adult relationships you have, the better.

  • Let your friends know that you are available when they need someone to talk to. If they need it, help them get additional assistance from a counselor, social worker, parent, or other adult.

  • Spend time with people that help make your future dreams and plans come true.

  • Remember that younger kids see you as a role model.  Be sure your actions show younger kids how to be kind and to make healthy choices.

  • If someone is being a bully to you or someone else, ask him or her to stop. If that doesn’t work, tell an adult. 

 Source : Prevention Works VT