Youth-led prevention is programming where young people identify problems in their community, and address them through the education of their peers. We at MCPP love youth-led prevention because it is all about young people teaching young people! We facilitate the following youth-led programs in Marion and Crawford Counties:
Junior Teen Institute (JTI)
This program is specifically designed for eighth grade students. Students have the opportunity attend a weekend leadership conference to learn skills to become better drug-free leaders in their schools. After the conference, JTI students bring their skills back to their school to provide awareness about making positive choices to their peers as well as opportunities to have drug free fun. All public schools in both Marion and Crawford counties currently participate in the Junior Teen Institute program.
For more information about JTI, contact:
Desiree Levering firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Institute (TI)
TI is based on the principle of peers encouraging peers to make positive choices and is the oldest peer prevention program in the nation. Students can participate in the program at a school, county, and state level, each providing a different level of education and opportunity to build leadership skills.
All public schools in both Marion and Crawford counties have students involved TI. School TI groups provide awareness to their peers about the importance of making positive, drug free choices, as well as opportunities to have fun in a drug-free environment. Any student can be a part of TI at the school level.
Any high school students can take part in county wide TI events hosted throughout the year. Regular opportunities to attend leadership conferences and take part in alternative events are available to youth. Students who have made a commitment to being alcohol, tobacco, and drug free have the opportunity to be a part of the Youth Advisory Board. Youth Board members are responsible for planning drug-free events in each county, as well as leadership roles at both high school and middle school events.
The Ohio Teen Institute (OTI) conference is a week-long leadership camp held each summer. Partial scholarships are available to students who have made a commitment to being alcohol, tobacco, and other drug free and are active in their local school and county TI programs. For more information on the Ohio Teen Institute program, visit their website at www.ohioti.com.
For more information about TI, contact:
Jodi Galloway (Marion) email@example.com
or Laura Busler (Crawford) firstname.lastname@example.org