Youth to Youth engages young people through meaningful activities and experiences to develop and implement their own ideas to create positive change. Our original youth-driven, adult guided programming has set the standard for youth development and prevention programming across this country and around the world.
The emphases in Youth to Youth’s model makes it an international leader in the field because:
Youth to Youth’s mission is to engage young people through meaningful discussions, activities, and experiences to develop and implement their own ideas to create positive change. For over 33 years, Youth to Youth has led the way in effective prevention programming with youth in the forefront. Bringing youth together with a common bond of living free of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, allows them to serve as role models to their peers and younger students.
Research on adolescent development confirms that when adolescents feel safe and secure, loved and accepted, and have a sense of purpose and meaning in life they are less likely to engage in unhealthy misguided behaviors; this is the premise of the Youth to Youth model. Our original youth-driven, adult guided programming has set the standard for youth development and prevention programming across this country and around the world.
Energy is directed toward positive action to influence others through drug-free beliefs and other healthy behaviors.
Teens feel empowered to voice the benefits of being drug-free, to be themselves, and to see the value in diversity and the acceptance of others.
Opportunity is given to all youth to develop their leadership skills to impact their schools & communities.
Youth to Youth strives through its programming, youth–centered philosophy, and caring adults to insure that:
Through participation in Youth to Youth, young people know that they can positively influence others and will be strongly supported in their drug-free beliefs and other healthy behaviors. They also develop character and skills that will help them grow into competent and caring adults.
Throughout the years, Youth to Youth has continued to research and listen to the needs and ideas of teens, parents, schools and national prevention leaders. Consistently striving for improvement, Youth to Youth continues to expand the program’s outreach and remain fresh and relevant to today’s youth.