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Summer Advocacy Camp 2015

On July 6-10 Dover Youth to Youth held its annual Summer Summer Program 2015 Group PhotoTraining program for new members at the McConnell Center. 20 prospective new Youth to Youth members participated in this year’s training. In addition, students from Rochester, Milton, Newmarket, Epping, and Franklin attended. The program also included an adult advisor component that attracted people from as far away as Nebraska.

During the week, these sparticipants received a wide variety of drug prevention presentations, received advocacy skills training, and engaged in a wide assortment of prevention projects and activities. (more…)

Youth Group Raising Awareness of the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

We are all members of Dover Youth to YouthE cig demo and we are here downtown today – along with students from Rochester, Epping, Franklin, Milton and Newmarket – to make the community aware of kids using e-cigarettes and advertising for the product being attractive to kids.

We are concerned about the new phenomenon of e-cigarettes.

We feel this is a problem because people (especially teenagers and youth) are using e-cigs a lot, thinking that they are harmless…when that is untrue. (more…)

White House Drug Policy Office Honors Dover Youth to Youth of New Hampshire

Y2Y with Director Botticelli at the White House

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – On Wednesday May 20th, during a ceremony at the White House, National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli honored Dover Youth to Youth as an “Advocate for Action.” Every year, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recognizes people who are making a difference in their communities through advocacy or direct services. Their work supports the Administration’s efforts to reduce drug use and its consequences through a public health and public safety approach.

Dover Youth to Youth (Y2Y) is a 70-student youth empowerment program coordinated by the Dover, New Hampshire, Police Department. These students in grades 6-12 meet weekly to develop creative ways to address substance use issues. They have been the most active sector of the Dover Coalition for Youth and have helped the Coalition achieve its goals as part of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program.


Adult Advisor Training Offered in Dover, NH

Each year Dover Youth to Youth conducts an in-depth training for youth advocates interested in joining our local program. This year we are expanding the training to include hands on training for adults interested in starting or energizing a youth group in their community.

The training will take place Monday July 6th through Thursday June 9th in Dover, NH from 8am-4:30pm daily. Adult participants will be exposed to:

  • Multiple presentations used to teach advocacy skills to youth, including: public speaking, media development, and planning an advocacy event.
  • Hands-on opportunity to learn to work with youth who are leaning theatrical skits, recording radio PSAs in the studio, creating a press release and holding a press conference.
  • Adviser only workshops on administering a youth advocacy group, program planning, and supervising youth engaged in action projects.
  • Advocacy resources, action project ideas and much more!


Policy Change Webinar Offered Next Week

Next week Dover (NH) Y2Y will conduct its last webinar in the 2014-2015 School Year Webinar Series. Each webinar provides an overview of a specific skill that youth advocates need and practical examples of ways that youth can take action in their community. The webinars, primarily taught by youth, are helpful for new youth groups or established teams looking for new ideas. The webinars cost $50 per training.

The next topic is:

Involving Youth Advocates in Policy Change.
Case Study: Passing a City Ordinance
Tuesday, May 5th  2015 at 3pm ET

The focus of this webinar is to assist a youth group’s adviser in preparing youth advocates to participate in policy change activities – including state and local legislative activities, as well as policy change efforts aimed at schools, retailers and other organizations. Case Study: The final portion of this webinar will provide a step by step description of the process used by students in Dover, NH to pass a city ordinance in that community.

Taking on Big Alcohol During Alcohol Awareness Month

Dover Youth to Youth is celebrating Alcohol Awareness Month and Taking on Big Alcohol. During the month of April we are hosting events locally and encouraging youth groups from across the country to take action as well. Below you will find some easy activities that you can do this month to counter the messages that Big Alcohol is sending to your community.

The Boss Wants More Money Video

Earlier this year Dover Y2Y finalized its video “The Boss Wants More Money” and premiered it at the CADCA conference in early February. This short 6 minute video is a humorous way to educate others about how the alcohol industry is in the business of making money, creates ads that are attractive to kids and fails to warn the public about the consequences of using their product.

Share the video on your social media sites to help spread the word!

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