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Addiction Awareness Week Webinars from CODA and the Youth Advisory Council

November 16-20, 2009

The Council on Drug Abuse (CODA) is pleased to announce the first national initiative of their Youth Advisory Council (YAC). In celebration of National Addictions Awareness Week, CODA YACers will be presenting daily webinars focused on raising awareness and preventing drug misuse and abuse.

Designed for youth and adult allies with an interest in preventing and reducing drug abuse, the webinars are interactive and engaging. Each session is led by an expert in the field, matched with a facilitator and a youth. Please refer to technology requirements at the end of the webinar listings in this document.

All webinars are designed to be presented in-class to groups of students, or individually. There is no cost to participate, and you may join in on as many presentations as you wish. We welcome participation from all interested individuals and groups. To accomodate our school audience, the webinars are customized to last as long as an average class period so all programs are manageable in length if you wish to use the program in the classroom.

We hope that you will choose to participate in this new, youth-driven venture. For more information, please visit If you have any questions or require further information, do not hesitate to contact CODA Programs Manager, Billi Jo Cox at 416-763-1491 x 223 or [email protected]

To register for any of these webinars, please e-mail [email protected] and request a registration form.

How to Build Awareness in your School Community
November 16th, 2009, 1:00–145 p.m. EST

This workshop focuses on bringing drug awareness to your school and community, but also provides ideas on delivering awareness on issues such as bullying, multiculturism or the environment and. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn ways to promote awareness of educational events, and how to involve and empower the students in your school to participate in these events.Presentation will include an interactive workshop component that will provide an opportunity to share ideas on what works within your schools in promoting events and creating awareness.

Facilitator: Billi Jo Cox, Programs Manager at Council on Drug Abuse (CODA)
Presenter: Matt Evans, Executive Director Ontario Student Against Impaired Driving (OSAID), Mayda Palcic-Reid, West Hill Secondary School
Youth: Jessica Adams

November 17th, 2009

  • 9:00 a.m. EST– General Drug use with crossroads youth Nick
  • 10:00 a.m. EST – Crystal meth with crossroads youth Vanessa
  • 11:00 a.m. EST – Cocaine with crossroads youth Tara
  • 1:00 p.m. EST – Prescription and Over the Counter Drug use with crossroads youth Jessica

These sessions will be a screening of a 17 minute documentary style video produced and created by The Council on Drug Abuse (CODA). The videos feature youth who have experienced drug abuse and the consequences of drug use. Each session will have a screening of the video followed by an update from the ‘Crossroads’ youth.

Facilitator: Heather Angus Kelley, Senior Educator, Council on Drug Abuse (CODA)
Youth: Nick, Vanessa, Tara and Jessica

Using Technology to Create Awareness
November 19th, 2009, 9:00-10:00 a.m. EST

This session will examine ways that students, teachers and educators can use technology to spread awareness. This session will cover not only common tools that youth use, but also how to create an empowering and consistent message within these mediums. Students will provide insight into what works and what doesn’t with regards to technology. This workshop will also look at providing feedback to the website

Presenter: Billi Jo Cox, Programs Manager at Council on Drug Abuse (CODA)

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
Friday November 20th, 2009, 9:00-10:00 a.m. EST

This session will examine ways that students, teachers and educators can become involved in the YAC. This session will give the participants the complete overview of the council, including structure, roles and vision. Anyone interested in having a YAC at their school, or being a member of YAC should attend this session.

Facilitator: Billi Jo Cox
Co-Presenters: Jack Boyman and Quade Koffler, McGill University