The Substance Use Awareness and Youth Engagement is an evidence-based program aimedat training youth workers, who work with youth who are at-risk of or who are beginning toexperiment with substance use, to engage them in conversations about illicit drugs.
Examine the role of illicit drugs in youth culture
Learn about the effects, signs, symptoms and consequences of use
Discover how to enhance resiliency and protective factors
Learn about the Stages of Change and the change process
Learn about the Drug Use Continuum and dependence
Learn about different drugs
Discuss possible resources within the communityParticipants will have an opportunity to practice the skills and apply the knowledge gained andwill come away feeling more confident engaging in discussions with youth about substanceuse.
The Canadian Training Institute
The Department of Justice
currently works at the YMCA as the Manager of Greater Toronto. Jennifer startedwith CTI in September 2009 as the Project Coordinator of a Health Canada funded initiative, theYWTI Youth Worker Training Initiative. Training developed and implemented to support youthworkers who work with youth between the ages of 13-24 to better engage in conversations withthe youth they serve about substance use.Jennifer has worked in prevention and education and addictions for the past 13 years, includingworking for the Peel Needle Exchange Program as Project Coordinator providing education,outreach and support services; the YMCA Youth Gambling Program in various capacities
one asan Outreach Worker delivering school-based and community awareness sessions about gamblingand problem gambling using a harm reduction approach to youth, parents and professional; andas an Administrator and Quality Coordinator where she was responsible for overseeing the dailyadministration of 18 sites throughout the province including the budget and ensuring the quality of programming. At the YMCA Academy, Jennifer spent time as: an instructor for the CooperativeEducation Program educating youth; a counselor engaging in brief interventions with students andfamilies; and an administrator overseeing the daily administration and budgeting for the school.Jennifer has completed two diplomas in the field of social services
as a Human Services Worker and as an Addiction Care Worker.
For More Information on the Program, visit: www.ywti.org