SUMMER TRAINING CONFERENCE

Isn’t it bizarre that we live in a time where we need a text-friendly abbreviation to distinguish between live and virtual? This June, the Youth to Youth Summer Conference will give you the opportunity to clear up any confusion. We are excited to give hundreds of young people a chance to get offline and back in person. A chance to get REAL. REAL fun, with REAL new friends, learning ways to make a REAL difference while being your REAL self. No Avatars! No Filters! We want the REAL you!

RegiSTRATION INFORMATION

June 28-July 1 2022
Ohio Dominican University

Registration open for students who will be in 8-12 grade in the 2022/2023 school year.

Cost for Ohio Residents

Presented in partnership with CareSource, Youth to Youth is able to provide this conference to Ohio youth and adult participants at NO COST.  A maximum of 10 youth participants per group is allowed. Each group must have at least 1 adult participant in attendance. It is vital that the youth work together with supporting adults to help their ideas and projects come to life!

Cost for Non-Ohio Residents

We have limited space available for Non-Ohio Residents to participate in this summer’s conference. The cost to you is $250 per participant and we are limiting your participation to a maximum of 10 youth per group accompanied by at least one adult participant.

Registration Deadline: May 30, 2022

why y2y?

An opportunity for an unrivaled youth-led training experience awaits. This conference will be exciting, idea packed and full of creative new ways for youth and adults to work together in their communities. Based on the four components of effective prevention: Information, Personal Growth, Environmental Change and Drug-Free Alternatives, this unique training opportunity will allow youth to take the lead. Participants leave with new skills and a deeper personal commitment to their positive decision-making and ability to create change within their own schools and communities. Many youth-led programs began at a Youth to Youth conference and use it as a starting point or “battery charger” for the upcoming year.

Youth to Youth conferences address issues that are relevant to teens. This conference is designed for youth and their supporting adults to participate together in all aspects of the conference for a uniquely shared experience. Working side by side, they will have the opportunity to construct and/or revitalize a plan of action to implement back home. Adults will also have opportunities to network with other like-minded adults and to learn effective strategies to guide their teens to success.

Evaluations conduced by The Ohio State University show that youth attending the Youth to Youth Conference experience positive changes in their self-perceptions; specifically, in key areas such as knowledge about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, self-efficacy and leadership. These outcomes are met through uplifting small discussion groups, workshops conducted by youth and experts in the field, creative teambuilding, dynamic speakers, and of course, FUN.

Youth to Youth conferences are designed for drug-free community coalitions, school clubs, youth serving organizations, peer educators, faith-based groups, character and asset builders and any and every type of young person!

Conference Staff Applications

Every year we offer the opportunity for youth and adults to be a part of the Youth to Youth Conference volunteer staff. The staff role is one of the most critical and influential parts of a Youth to Youth Conference. Youth to Youth conferences are very active, participatory conferences. It is an excellent opportunity to receive training in many areas of youth leadership/drug prevention programming. We value the commitment of those youth and adults who are willing to assist in helping teens make positive choices and we promise to make the conference a learning, rewarding and fun experience for both the adult and youth staff.

Adult Staff: Adults 20 years or older are eligible to apply. Adult Staff volunteers will arrive 1.5 days prior to the first day of conference for training and will work directly with our youth participants during the conference. Learn more by clicking the button below.

Youth Staff: Current 10th through 12th grade high school students are eligible to applyYouth staff volunteers arrive 1.5 days prior to the first day of conference for training and will work directly with our youth participants during the conference. Learn more by clicking the button below.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 28th

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Registration and Dinner 
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies  
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Family Group 1 
8:15 pm – 9:15 pm – Fun Event  
9:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Dorm Meetings 
11:00 pm – Lights Out  

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 29th

7:30 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast  
9:15 am – 10:15 am – National Speaker  
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Family Group Team Building
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch  
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Family Group 2
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm – Youth Action Group Kick Off
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm – Youth Action Group 1
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm – Dinner
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Family Group 3
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Announcements and load buses
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Fun Event and travel back
10:15 pm – Dorm Check In

Day 3 – Thursday, June 30th

7:30 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast  
9:15 am – 9:30 am – Morning Check Ins  
9:30 am – 10:30 am – National Speaker 2 
10:45 am – 12:00 pm – Family Group 4
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch  
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Skill Building Workshop 1 
2:45 – 3:45 pm – Skill Building Workshop 2 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Youth Action Group 2
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm – Dinner  
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Family Group 5
7:30 – 9:30 pm – Fun Event  

Day 4 – Friday, July 1st

7:30 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast  
9:15 am – 9:30 am – Morning Check In  
9:30 am – 10:45 am – Family Group 6 
10:45 am – 11:30 pm – National Speaker  
11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch and Youth Action Group 3 
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Youth Action Group Gallery Walk 
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Closing Ceremonies 

Our Partners

“Youth to Youth and CareSource have found a shared vision in promoting the well-being of our community’s young people at a critical time,” said Cheryl Sells, Director of Youth Prevention at CompDrug. “This partnership will provide an opportunity for us to work with even more young people across the state of Ohio as well as in Franklin County.

CareSource’s support of the Youth to Youth program is part of the $3 million commitment to youth empowered prevention programs for behavioral health.

 

The ADAMH Board of Franklin County has been a long time valued partner of Youth to Youth. ADAMH provides funding for numerous Franklin County Youth to Youth programs including our local conferences and camps.