OYLPN Youth Council Application
Deadline for application submissions is July 31st, 2021

The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network (OYLPN) is accepting applicants to join the Youth Council (YC) for the 2021-2022 school year. YC members represent communities throughout Ohio and are chosen based on their passion for youth-led work, outstanding leadership qualities, and dedication to creating safe, healthy environments for all youth.

Barring interruptions due to COVID-19, new members will have the opportunity to participate in and/or help plan the following events:

- the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Capitol Hill Day in February of 2022 to advocate for substance misuse prevention and mental health by talking to your US legislator in Washington DC,

- the Prevention Action Alliance Advocacy Day in spring of 2022 to advocate for substance misuse prevention and mental health by talking to your state legislator at the Ohio Statehouse,

- the We Are the Majority Rally in spring of 2022 where young people confront negative stereotypes and show the world that the majority of youth are making positive decisions in their lives.

YC members will also plan activities that support support the prevention of teen risk taking behaviors and promote youth mental health.

YC members will be reimbursed for mileage associated with travel to & from monthly meetings as well as other YC activities.

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In addition to the characteristics described above, candidates must be in high school as of this fall and be willing to make key commitments to YC. Please check each box to confirm your ability to meet the requirements below.

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* 4. Are you currently a member of a youth-led prevention group or coalition?

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* 5. If you answered "yes" to the last question,  please fill in the following information:

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* 6. Please describe any hobbies, extracurricular activities, or leadership roles, personal experiences that you believe qualify you to join YC.

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* 7. What makes you a good candidate for the OYLPN Youth Council?

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* 8. Now for a fun question: if you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be and why?

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* 9. Communication is an important part of Youth Council activities and allows members to contribute in different, though equally meaningful ways. Below are three examples of communication skills Youth Council members use to work together:

a. Public speaking, including news interviews, presentations, and events with large crowds.

b. Written communication, such as essays, poems, emails, and social media posts.

c. Interpersonal communication, like expressing your feelings, sharing information, problem-solving, and conversing with others.

Out of the three skills described above, which one is your strongest? In 50 to 200 words, describe a time when you used that skill to communicate something important to you and what the result was. Examples: won a regional speech and debate contest, wrote a song, changed someone’s mind.

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**To be completed by parent/guardian**
By checking each of the following boxes, you are stating that you understand the following and are submitting your statement of support for your student to be a member of the OYLPN Youth Council. 

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Please check each box to confirm you understand the application process. 

Thank you for applying to be a part of the OYLPN Youth Council! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Geena Crosby, Prevention Coordinator of the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, at gcrosby@preventionactionalliance.org or 614-540-9985.
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