Youth Development & Substance Use Prevention Program

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Plumas County Youth Undivided

Plumas Youth Undivided is designed for middle school and high school-aged young people. It is motivated by youth-adult partnerships that create essential and powerful opportunities that enhance and improve local communities. Community service, social action activities, participation in advocacy for safe and healthy environments, and promotion of health policies are organized by youth to appeal to youth. This program educates on mental health awareness, suicide prevention, the use and misuse of drugs, and the development of substance disorders. This program is actively serving Quincy Charter School every Tuesday, 7/8th grade, from 1:20 to 1:50. It also serves Quincy high school every Thursday during 7/8th grade lunch, from 12:10 to 12:40 

Plumas Youth Undivided Mission

- To create an inclusive space where teens are valued, safe, and supported to pursue their goals while developing leadership skills to promote a happy, healthy lifestyle and community

- Encourage young people to develop programs that are fun and meaningful
- Promote messages through shared experiences
- Encourage peer-oriented programming (youth-driven and youth-led)
- Are goal-directed, action-oriented, and innovative
- Encourage and empower young people as active leaders and community resources
- Have a broad appeal to diverse ethnic, racial, and social groups
- Encourage youth to care about each other and their environment
- Offer conferences and training for young people to develop leadership skills

Our Vision:

Create a world where youth and adults learn and work together to create positive, lasting impacts. 

View a video from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, here.

LifeSkills Training

Program activities include providing evidence-based curriculum in Jr/Sr high schools. The new edition of the Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program is a ground-breaking substance abuse prevention program based on more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research. It is now updated to be the most effective evidence-based program used in schools today. LifeSkills Training is comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally designed to promote positive youth development. In addition to helping children resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively supports the reduction of violence and other high-risk behaviors."

This highly interactive program strengthens student resistance skills in the following areas:

  • Personal Self-Management Skills
    - Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
  • General Social Skills
    - Students gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating, building relationships, and avoiding violence.
  • Drug Resistance Skills
    - Students build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
    - Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.

Brief Interventions for Substance-Using Adolescents

AOD Prevention also provides Brief Interventions for Substance Using Adolescents, which includes individual prevention services for youth who have been suspended for alcohol and other drug-related offenses or who have been referred by a school employee or themselves. During brief intervention sessions, the youth will gain skills and resources to assist in coping with life's pressures during critical stages, which have the potential to otherwise lead to negative choices. Available at Chester Jr/Sr High School, Quincy Jr/Sr High School, Portola Jr/Sr High School, and Greenville Jr/Sr High School. Eight Plumas County youth have completed this program.