SW Washington Youth Summit

Thursday May 30, 2024

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Prevent Coalition is a group of volunteers and leaders across Southwest Washington who work towards building resiliency and preventing youth substance misuse.

We, along with several local partners and coalitions, are hosting an annual Elevate Youth Summit on Thursday May 30, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

We welcome prevention clubs, youth groups, teens and classes to join us in this youth gathering about empowerment, wellness, substance use prevention and more.


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Thursday, May 30, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.



Water Resource Center
4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661



By the end of this day-long event, participants will have:

  • Created a space to form meaningful connections with other caring youth,
  • Felt empowered as an agent of change and a leader in their community,
  • Engaged in a variety of activities and content relevant to prevention, wellness, and youth leadership.

Registration Now Open

Registration closes Thursday May 16 at 5 p.m.

This event has limited capacity. Please be sure to register on time, including all participants you hope to bring with you. It’s okay if you don’t have all the information on youth attendees, but an estimate is helpful for planning purposes. 

A permission slip is needed for every youth participant. If you are a chaperone and have your own parent permission slip you already use for your school trips/other purposes, we are happy to simply get a copy of that for our records in place of this one. 

Certificates of attendance can be provided upon request. Email preventcoalition@esd112.org.

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Thursday May 30, 2024

  • 9:30 a.m. -10 a.m. Registration Open
  • 10 – 10:20 a.m. Welcome & Connection Activity
    • Sign In & Welcome
    • Introductions and Agenda Overview
    • Ice Breaker & Debrief
  • 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. Building Leadership Identity & Reflection
    • Silent Leadership Activity
    • Debrief
  • 10:50 – 11:30 a.m. Building Human Community
    • Information on Substance Use Disorder
    • Overview of Community Building
    • Youth Team Breakout Activity
  • 11:30 – 1 p.m. Catered lunch break, on site
  • 1 – 1:30 p.m. “The Outsider” Activity & Reflection
    • Team Building Activity
    • Debrief
  • 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Skills for Connection
    • Discussing & Practicing Communication Skills
    • Overview of Meaningful Connections
    • Debrief & Share
  • 2:20 – 2:30 p.m. Conclude & What’s Next?
    • Connection & Health
    • Community Change
    • Looking Back & Going Forward


Session Approach:

  • This is an in-person training event designed for Middle School-aged youth. High school students are welcomed to join and can support younger participants through mentorship and leading breakout activities
  • Training sessions will be facilitated by the keynote and youth leaders from the local area.
  • Sessions will be interactive and engaging, combining large group work with breakout activities.
  • Lunch is provided and catered on-site during the break
  • Certificates provided upon request

Core Topics:

  • Youth Leadership Development
  • What is “community” and how can it be created by youth?
  • Substance Use Disorder 101
  • Inclusion
  • Communication Skills & Building Connections


Xander Cook

Xander Cook

Youth Engagement Coordinator, Unite! Washougal Coalition

Bio coming soon


Our Partners

We couldn’t do this without support from our key partners and a team of talented planners! A special thanks to Prevent Coalition members and volunteers, Unite! Washougal Coalition, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, Teens for Tomorrow, and more! 

Thank you to our fiscal agent Educational Service District 112, and grant funders who sponsor this event, the Washington State Department of Health Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program (YCCTPP). 

Unite! Washougal Community Coalition
Prevent Coalition
Unite! Washougal Community Coalition
Prevent Coalition

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