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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, tobacco, and alcohol misuse among youth between the ages of 12 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.
 
The YELL program uses the Botvin LifeSkills curriculum, an evidence-based intervention. Our YELL health educators teach youth about harm reduction and decision-making skills, while also discussing the impact that alcohol and drugs can have on their lives.