Involving youth and young adults in meaningful substance misuse prevention efforts presents unique challenges. Challenges are important to overcome because participation by youth and young adults is a powerful means of driving community-level behavior change. During this webinar, a panel of youth and young adult prevention leaders will discuss how to successfully foster authentic partnerships which lead to sustainable change.
Chuck Lester serves as Community Based Prevention Services Grants Manager for Oklahoma State University’s Community Wellness Programs. In this capacity he works with local stakeholders to reduce the consequences of substance abuse across the region through the use of evidence-based, environmental strategies. Previously Chuck served as the Region's Strategic Prevention Framework coordinator. Much of this work focused on reducing underage drinking in Payne County. As the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Coordinator, he was responsible for recruiting, training and sustaining SWAT groups at local schools. These student groups sought to complete anti-tobacco advocacy campaigns such as getting their school to pass 24/7 tobacco free policies. For the last 11 years he has coordinated various grants that seek to solve local substance use and abuse problems through the use of the Strategic Prevention Framework model by empowering youth.
Chieftess Olufemi Yeshua EL is a consultant, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging strategist, and educator. She serves as the chair of the NY Association for the Education of Young Children Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. In this role, she is helping the organization become an anti-racist organization. She reviews the organization's strategic plan, works with various committees to analyze their work from a DEI lens, and helps educators across New York state be more impactful within their work with Black Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC) children, and families with a focus on DEI. She holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching and she is the founder and co-chair of the Parents of Children of Color Affinity Group.