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Consultation for National Youth Prevention Initiatives

"Cross-Canada consultations in 2004-2005 leading to the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and Other Drugs and Substances in Canada identified the need for a more comprehensive national focus on issues related to children and youth. More recently, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) initiated a five-year plan for mobilizing youth-focused media and service delivery organizations to reduce drug use among Canada's youth. A Drug Prevention Strategy for Canada's Youth aims to increase access to effective prevention programs for youth in Canada, develop prevention messaging that meets youth "where they are at", and achieve buy-in from media and youth-serving organizations so that youth receive accurate and consistent prevention messaging and programming.

"In order to address this Framework priority and to leverage the opportunities presented by A Drug Prevention Strategy for Canada's Youth, a National Advisory Group on Youth Prevention is being established to help guide the progress of the drug prevention strategy and to assist CCSA to develop other related youth prevention initiatives.

"The purpose of this blog is to validate and expand on the findings of an initial consultation with key stakeholders in prevention and youth development held in Ottawa on March 27 and 28, 2008.

"Workshop participants identified three broad components to help guide the work of the National Advisory Group on Youth Prevention with the objective of reducing substance abuse in youth by supporting the field. Please review the workshop report and then comment below on the three components in terms of their relevance to you and how you would like to see them put into action. There is also a section below where you can add information that broadens the workshop's findings.

"This blog [http://ccsayouthprevention.blogspot.com/] will close July 25, 2008 at 12:00pm EST."

[Source: from http://ccsayouthprevention.blogspot.com/]