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Empowering Youth Leaders to Advance Social Change to Promote Healthy,
Drug Free Communities

The United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (UWBCCSA) recognizes the power of
youth as key leaders who can make long, lasting significant change in the their communities. The Broward
Youth Coalition (BYC) is a group of over 80 high school drug free youth leaders representing all areas of the
local community. This cadre of youth leaders come together on a bi-monthly basis to create, develop and put
into action positive, social change activities as it relates to underage drinking, substance use/abuse, bullying,
peer pressure & other interrelated issues.


Alcohol or illegal use by children and youth prior to age 21 often results in the increased probability of risky
and destructive behaviors. These behaviors may cause death, drowning, injury, medical emergencies,
unwanted pregnancy, acquisition of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, other sexual transmitted diseases, arrest,
incarceration, a criminal record, disciplinary actions, mental health problems, and alcohol dependency or other
addictions in adulthood. Research clearly shows that youth who initiate any drug before the age of 15 years
old are 5 times more likely to having long lasting acute problems in their lives.


We empower our youth to be change agents, leaders, and promote healthy drug free communities. Some of the
Broward Youth Coalition's goals include:

  • Youth Leadership Development
  • Education to the Community about Substance Use and Abuse

Throughout the year, BYC members participate in community initiatives. Here is a sample of those activities:

  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Youth Leadership Institute 
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Education
  • Youth Advocacy
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Team Building Activities

Recent Events:

  • Toured the iHeart Radio Station and got a chance to be on air.
  • Participated in a public speaking workshop with Emmy Award Winning TV write/director/producer, Debra Greene-Hall.
  • Toured college campuses and met with students.

Directors of Broward Youth Coalition:

  • Director of Operations: Khadijah Anderson
  • Director of Substance Abuse Prevention: Salena Jenkins
  • Director of Mental Health Promotion: Sebastian Alderman
  • Director of Marketing: Kirstin McLaren


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Elkin Alfred
Prevention Specialist
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Broward Youth Coalition