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Broward Youth Coalition

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Mission

Empowering youth leaders to advance social change to promote healthy, drug free communities.

Goal

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

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead

About the Broward Youth Coalition

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.

Activities

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

Check out the BYC Calendar

Feb. 1st, 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm

BYC Meeting

  • Speaker: Dating Safety & Respecting Your Partner
  • ASB & YLI Committees – Plan Party With A Purpose & Select Charity

United Way of Broward County
1300 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

March 2nd, 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm

BYC Meeting

  • Speaker – Story of Recovery
  • Ice Breakers & Ice Cream

United Way of Broward County
1300 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

April 6th, 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm

BYC Meeting

  • Review details & assignments for ASB
  • Gather and prepare ASB materials

United Way of Broward County
1300 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

May 4th, 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm

BYC Meeting

  • ASB Debriefing
  • Speaker: Mental Health Promotion
  • Design Mental Health Awareness Month Campaign

United Way of Broward County
1300 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

June 1st 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm

BYC Meeting

  • Speaker: Public Speaking
  • Review details & assignments for YLI
  • Gather and prepare YLI materials

United Way of Broward County
1300 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

More Details

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Sponsorship Opportunities Are Now Available

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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

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

For more information:

Elkin Alfred
CIT – Broward Coordinator
United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse
(954) 453-3747
ealfred@unitedwaybroward.org
Norma Wagner
System of Care Manager
Broward Behavioral Health Coalition
(954) 622-8121
nwagner@bbhcflorida.org

Other Initiatives

South Florida Family Day is a day to eat dinner with your children. A national movement to encourage families to enjoy meals together at least 4-5 times per week.

SBIRT is a United Way Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse initiative to identify, reduce, and prevent substance misuse among individuals 14 to 30 years of age.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a unique partnership amongst law enforcement, behavioral health providers, consumers and families.