A Youth Leadership Training Program Designed for High School Students

Our YES LEADS is a youth leadership program designed to train high school students to serve as positive role models for younger students. New YES LEADers attend a day-long training in the fall and then meet with all YES LEADers from their school for a second day of training. LEADers then develop their own presentations for elementary school children about drug prevention.

Each school year, YES LEADers present lessons and activities to more than 5,000 elementary students!

Why YES LEADS? Younger Children:

  • look up to teens 
  • want to hear what teens have to say
  • want to know "what it's like" to be in high school
  • need the opportunity to ask teens questions

YES LEADers:

  • gain accurate knowledge of alcohol and other drugs
  • learn communication and presentation skills
  • increase self-confidence
  • feel the excitement and satisfaction of "making a difference"

YES LEADers:

  • are students in grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12
  • adhere to a no-use policy regarding alcohol and other drugs
  • attend two days of training
  • develop presentation skills
  • attend YES LEADS meetings in their schools
  • present lessons and activities to students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades

YES LEADS Benefits Teachers:

  • by enhancing curriculum
  • by providing age appropriate information and activities
  • by modeling healthy behaviors 
  • by stimulating active discussion on substance abuse issues

YES LEADS Benefits Parents: 

  • by reinforcing positive values
  • by providing a support network of peers and professionals
  • by providing healthy experiences and activities for their children