Goals, History and Impact

The primary goals of the Prevention Spring Youth Forum are to:

  • Recognize and reward youth prevention teams that have implemented a successful project within their communities.
  • Provide a venue to showcase prevention projects that were considered, created and shaped by youth leaders during and following previous Prevention Summits or other youth trainings.
  • Give students from across the state an opportunity to learn from one another through a series of forums presented by the prevention teams accepted to attend.
  • Gather success stories from youth groups to share with future groups to encourage sustainability of their programs.

Spring Youth Forum and the Fall Prevention Summit

The Spring Youth Forum provides youth prevention teams the opportunity to learn from others while showcasing their own education and planning skills by sharing the successes and lessons learned from projects commenced during or following previous Prevention Summits or other youth trainings.

The inaugural Spring Youth Forum occurred in 2009. Visit the Spring Youth Forum archives for information on the teams, presentations, and program.

The Prevention Summit and the Spring Youth Forum work in tandem to create momentum and help to encourage and support prevention in local Washington communities. Visit the Prevention Summit website for more information.

The Summit and Spring Youth Forum Make a Difference!

Below is the representation of data collected from teams since the Fall of 2008 until today:

  • 41-58 teams participate in the Spring Youth Forum and Prevention Summit every year!

  • 350 youth and adults participate in Spring Youth Forum annually on average.

  • 42 Washington state youth prevention teams present their projects at the Spring Youth Forum on average.

  • 49% of the teams that participate in the Prevention Summit also participate in the Spring Youth Forum.

  • 100% of the Spring Youth Forum prevention teams submitted project success stories

  • The top 5 prevention areas for teams indicated are: General Prevention, Alcohol Prevention, Anti-Tobacco Projects, Illegal Drug Use and Prescription or Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse/Use (2010, 2011 data).

  • Additionally of those that completed the evaluation surveys for the Spring Youth Forum and the Prevention Summit (2009 - 2012 data):

    • A total of 100% of participants would recommend the Forum to others, and a total of 83% would absolutely recommend the Forum.

    • 98% who attended the Forum indicated that the event was a "motivational experience" and the conference provided "recognition" for their team's contribution.

    • 95% who attended the Prevention Summit indicated that the event was a "motivational experience."

    • Over the last three years, 90% or more of the participants at the Summit have been satisfied overall.

    • A total of 96% of participants would recommend the Summit to others, and a total of 77% would absolutely recommend the Summit.
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