Workshops & Trainings

Youth to Youth International‘s expertise is in effective youth-led prevention initiatives. While we began as a local program serving Central Ohio teens, groups and organizations across the country asked us to share with them our successful youth-led, adult guided model. We started by delivering our summer conference model on-site in a condensed two day mini-conference. By training and engaging community youth and adult volunteers to have an active role in leading the mini-conference, communities began to have a starting point to mobilize their youth and adults in community change. While we continue to offer two and three day mini-conference and staff training, Youth to Youth has a multitude of trainings that we can bring to your school or community to effectively engage youth in positive change, leadership, and advocacy.  You can also talk to our Training Director, Ty Sells and have a training customized to meet your needs. Our goal is to offer an experience that informs and energizes your youth, and the adults who care about them, so they want to continue to build upon that experience to improve themselves, their school, and their community.

Our Training Director, Ty Sells, is available for consultation and can advise which training would be beneficial for you or design a specific training to meet your desired outcomes.

“Youth to Youth has impacted our coalition in so many positive ways. The Y2Y summer conference served to motivate and redirect our youth to a positive vision of how to provide no use messages and be role models for their peers. The Y2Y speakers that have done assembles in our schools have provided engaging and motivating messages to the teens which were all well received. When Ty Sells came to work with the adults in our coalition he was inspiring and served to re-energize our coalition members. Y2Y has been like a transfusion of positivity, energy, and renewed purpose to support our community vision to protect and inspire youth.”

-Alice Joselow, Ossining Communities That Care, Coordinator

For more than 20 years Youth to Youth International has been one of the global front-runners in effective substance abuse prevention and youth development. Our experienced and professional staff work day to day with teens in our local county-wide Youth to Youth program, as well as deliver effective training’s and conferences designed for youth and adults. Youth to Youth can provide high energy, high content training’s for your community that are effective, relevant, practical, and fun!

Youth to Youth will customize our training’s to meet the needs of your program or organization.

Adult Advisor Training

This one-day training is for school personnel, agency staff, prevention professionals, and community adults wanting to gain the skills and knowledge to effectively work with young people.

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Before we can begin to have a positive impact on the emotional and behavioral health of the young people, one must first evaluate our own attitudes toward the relationship between youth and adults. How can we, the adults, ensure the young people we come in contact with have the knowledge and skills to be successful and contribute to the building of healthy communities? Is this something we do ‘for them”, “to them”, or “with them”? The more time we can incorporate the thoughts, ideas, strategies, and skills of the youth; our prevention programming will be more effective and have a greater and longer lasting impact.

This training also addresses that youth-led prevention isn’t just listening to young people, but even harder work of helping them develop their thoughts and opinions into organized effective prevention strategies. And finally, working with them to develop the skills to implement these strategies. These skills should stay with them long after the project is over, well beyond their time in a program, and on into adulthood. This is so critical and important because this life skill development IS the prevention.


“Excellent training! I typically find a training worthwhile if about 25% of it is applicable to my work; this one was 100% useful.  I left inspired and filled with ideas for our group moving forward in the new school year. Thanks!”


A more intensive National Adult Advisor Training is offered as a two day training conference held every fall and spring in different locations across the U.S. Click here for the next upcoming training.

Clear The Air

Engaging Youth in a conversation about marijuana

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Marijuana use is on the rise with high school students across the United States. This increase is often attributed to a lowered perception of risk. Young people think smoking pot is “no big deal” or even “safe”. Much of what they believe is based on myths and organized talking points they have heard from their friends, pro-legalization forces, and even the media. While there are countless ways for students to find accurate information, there are just as many places to find misinformation. This workshop will examine strategies to get behind the smoke screen and engage youth in a conversation about marijuana. A conversation that is free of preaching and politics, but full of the relevant facts to assist youth in making their own healthier decisions.


This workshop can be delivered directly to youth, or to adults who want to learn these practical strategies to educate and debunk the myths when talking to students about marijuana.

Creating Connections That Count



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This presentation is ideal for all of the service learning professionals, who take very seriously the idea of involving young people in their programs. In an interactive and exciting way, participants will learn practical and proven ways to engage and connect with teens. All coalition builders know the value of having young people involved in impacting a community. We must take the time to learn how to inspire those young people. Quality, accurate, relevant information isn’t enough to inspire students to learn. Adults must first establish a connection with their young people before knowledge can be shared. Not just for beginners, “Creating Connections That Count” is for any adult who works with young people. Participants will learn new ideas and techniques, but they will also remember things they have forgotten. It has been said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Making a connection, letting a young person know you care, is the quickest way to get them “ready". Once they are “ready”, there is no limit to what they can accomplish.

Learning objectives include: learning how to create an environment conducive to creating connections, the 5 key principles to be more effective with youth, working with youth without suffering burn out, practical techniques to inspire youth, and examining attitudes toward young people.

Creating Connections that Count can also be delivered as a presentation tailored to parents of adolescents helping them learn ways to connect positively with their own kids.

iMatter – Workshop

Take a closer look at the issue of dating violence allowing teens to think about healthy relationships.

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It’s been said the key to a successful relationship is to put the wants and needs of your partner ahead of your own. At first this advice seems to make sense in friendships and even romantic relationships. But if we are always concerned about the wants and needs of others when do we take time to figure out our own boundaries and values? The “imatter” workshop does just that. This workshop will provide young people the opportunity to examine what is really important to them, what they value, and what they would never compromise. They will also look at who do they turn to for advice on relationships and if that person is the best choice. Finally, participants will learn before they can have a successful relationship with someone else they must first have one with themselves.

Freshman Orientation/ Positive School Climate

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A one day training designed to assist students and staff to actively promote positive school climate so all members of the school community feel safe, included, and accepted. Whether geared for older students to model and lead incoming freshman or for all grades of a school to participate, this training will help set the stage for creating a school environment that is welcoming and positive thus improving academic performance and reducing negative behaviors.

Outsmart “Environmental Prevention” Game show

Learn Environmental Prevention in a FUN way

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This is a highly entertaining and interactive game show format to teach the strategies of environmental prevention. The presentation teaches the importance of merging individual prevention with strategies to create an environment more conducive and supportive for young people to make a drug free choice. Strategies related to community norms, access and availability, media awareness, and policies and enforcement will be taught in fun and unforgettable ways. Students will gain a clear understanding that any prevention program is incomplete without incorporating environmental strategies. They will also be energized to develop and implement a plan of their own.

Speakers’ Bureau Training

An active, participatory training focusing on public speaking skills, drama techniques, skit writing, and organizing a Speakers’ Bureau program for teens to present to their peers and younger students.

Youth to Youth Mini-Conferences

Bring the four strategies of Y2Y (information, personal growth, environmental change and FUN) to life through a school or community Mini-Conference to help formulate or strength a youth-led prevention group.

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Y2Y staff and youth trainers will train your own teens and community adults to lead the following day (s) of the mini-conference as staff leaders. Mini-conference participants will explore their own decisions regarding tobacco, alcohol and other drug use and be encouraged to choose a drug-free lifestyle. This is a great way to recruit new members to participate in youth-led prevention initiatives and/or retain the energy and enhance the skills of current members.

“The pHARMing Effects” Presentation Training

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This youth-created and youth-delivered presentation focusing on prescription drug abuse and misuse, and its connection to heroin abuse allows your group to engage youth in peer education. Youth to Youth will educate your teens on the issue and train them to deliver this impactful presentation. In addition you will receive a USB with all the presentation visuals and scripts that are a part of “The pHARMING Effects” so your group is ready to present in your own schools and community.

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