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Substance Abuse Prevention

Youth Empowerment Leadership & Lifeskills (YELL)

The Youth Empowerment Leadership & Lifeskills (YELL) Program is a substance abuse prevention program that, with the help of a community-based coalition, implements a wide variety of strategies to educate about prescription drug and alcohol misuse among youth between the ages of 13 and 24. While we focus on LGBTQ youth, their heterosexual and cisgender peers are also voices in our youth leadership team and attend life-skills classes across Tucson. Using the Botvin LifeSkills Training, our health educators teach youth about harm reduction and decision-making skills while also discussing the impact that alcohol and drugs can have on decision-making.