Thinking About Planning a Youth Summit?...Let’s Talk Sarah White, Director, Campbell County Drug Free Alliance
Who We Are: • Campbell County Drug Free Alliance • Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition • Located in Campbell County, Kentucky • Established June 2007 as the Southern Campbell County Coalition • Membership expanded to include all of Campbell County in October 2011 • Represented by over 30 active partner organizations
Schools & Youth Partnerships: • 7 Public School Districts • Drug Free Clubs • 2 Parochial High Schools • Drug Free Club • Make A Change Club • 8 Parochial Elementary Schools • Brighton Center • Youth Leadership Development (YLD) • Teens Linked to Care (TLC) • Youth Serving Organization • Churches
Why Do This? Why would you host a youth summit? How many of you have/are hosting youth summits?
Why Did We Do This? • Engage and activate youth • Reach broader audience • Enhance Red Ribbon Week activities • Recruit for the CCDFA Task Force • Opportunity for funding
Who Was Involved? • NorthKey- Regional Prevention Center (local expertise, funding) • Prevention First!- Regional Coalition (expertise and speakers) • Northern Kentucky Health Department- (technical assistance, expertise) • Alcohol and Tobacco Enhancement Site(s)- Subject Matter Experts (funding and incentives) • Brighton Center (TLC)- Resource Center (funding and technical assistance) • Schools (list) expanded in 2014 (participants) • Northern Kentucky University- (location and expertise) • Campbell County Media Central- (technical assistance, media)
Funding Sources: • Campbell County Fiscal Court • $5,000-$8,000 • Drug Free Communities Support Grant • Help Overcome Tobacco (HOT) Mini-Grant • 2017 Youth Summit Cost= $5,050.00 • Lunch- $2,300.00 • T-Shirts- $1,700.00 • Transportation- $800.00 • Miscellaneous- $250.00 • Facility- FREE
Planning: • Begin planning 5 months out • 5 months-determine focus, confirm venue and speakers, determine evaluation process • 1 month- permission slips to schools, create T-shirt design, create necessary evaluation tools • 3 weeks- permission slip reminder, permission slips due, order T-shirts • Day before- walk through
Topics: • Prior to 2014 • Tobacco • Alcohol • Marijuana • 2014 Let Your Voice Be Heard! • 2015 What Would You Do? Choices and Consequences • 2016 Youth Alcohol Use- How Much Does That Drink Cost? • 2017 Advocating and Organizing Change in Your Community • 2018 Understanding Alcohol • Why these topics? Data, demand etc.
Topics: • What topics would be relevant for a youth summit? • How would you determine these as appropriate/relevant?
Intention: • Empower the youth • Bring a focus to youth issues • Provide additional opportunities during Red Ribbon Week • Discuss substances and prevention strategies • Plan tasks to implement back at schools
Evaluation: What are reasonable outcomes for a youth summit? How would you determine these outcomes? Who could help you identify/support you in this process?
Evaluation: • Pre/Post Test • Completed for 2016 and 2017 • Prior post test only, greater focus on “satisfaction” • Standard questions around youth use i.e. perception of youth use, access and places of use (pre-test) • Knowledge attainment and intent to change behavior and share information (pre and post test)
Outcomes: Multi-Year Youth Summit Analysis 2016-2017 • CCDFA- 2 Questions • “Is the youth summit worth it?” • “Are improvements consistent across both iterations of the project?” • To answer these questions ECS looked at the questions that were asked of participants for both years and the percent change in responses. Those responses that were deemed significant are shown in green or red. Those that were not are shown in yellow.
Outcomes: Multi-Year Youth Summit Analysis 2016-2017 cont. • The focus of the 2016 Youth Summit was on alcohol, 2017 was marijuana. Both focused on understanding where to ask for help and willingness to share what they learned with friends. The following tables detail the questions and the change associated with each year.
What Did We Learn? • The data demonstrates a significant majority of beliefs and opinions changed based on the content of the event for both years. While, not indicative of long term change, this process is part larger community level prevention efforts. Many that are focused on reinforcing and institutionalizing the knowledge gained through these events. Based on this information, it is logical to say yes, the event is worth doing and yes, it has an impact. This event provides a broad, flexible platform for prevention that would otherwise not be present.
Successes: • Partnership with Northern Kentucky University • Better prepared for planning and day of the event • Grown to include both middle and high schools • Every high school participated in 2017 • Attendance has grown each year • 209 Youth attended in 2017 • Youth groups at schools
Challenges • Capacity of CCDFA • Marketing • Media coverage • Following up afterwards with schools • Sustaining projects • Engagement with students and CCDFA
Final Thoughts… • It’s all worth it in the end!!!
Sarah White, DirectorCampbell County Drug Free Alliance 859.442.8600 ext.20 email@example.com