Below are several coalition training opportunities designed to empower our members and youth with the knowledge and skills needed to drive positive change in our community. If you’re interested in joining one of these sessions or have any questions, please reach out to our Coalition Coordinator, Crystal Cruz.

CADCA Mid-Year Training

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Mid-Year is a world class training event that happens in July, it brings together prevention leaders and advocates interested in making a positive impact in their community. Mid-Year draws nearly 2,000 attendees and offers 85+ sophisticated training sessions and workshops, networking opportunities, and wellness activities.

Training sessions are led by experts from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Key topics include: coalition leadership, cross-sector collaboration, evaluation and research, marketing and communications, policy and advocacy, sustainability, and what’s trending in the field.

CADCA's National Leadership Forum

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) National Leadership Forum is a four-day event held in February that is packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers. The Forum brings together over 3,000 participants representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, education institutions, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders.

Spring Youth Forum

An important goal for QPY is to “increase community capacity to address Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) issues.” A great strategy to address this is to provide training and education opportunities. Spring Youth Forum in May is one such opportunity.

The goal of the Spring Youth Forum is to recognize and reward youth prevention teams that have implemented a successful prevention project within their communities. The Spring Youth Forum is the follow-up conference to the Prevention Summit.

The Forum provides youth prevention teams the opportunity to learn from others while showcasing their own education and planning skills. Youth Teams share successes and lessons learned from projects commenced during or following the previous Prevention Summits or other youth trainings. The Prevention Summit and the Spring Youth Forum work in tandem to create momentum and help to encourage, reward and support youth-led prevention work in communities throughout Washington.

Community Education Workshops

Quincy Partnership for youth sponsors and/or supports 3 educational opportunities every year for the community. The cannabis landscape is changing and it is vital for parents and professionals that work with young people to be able to navigate it from an informed perspective.
Montana State Institute

In June the Montana Institute trains prevention leaders and change makers to elevate their effectiveness and increase their impacts. Montana Summer Institute (MSI) utilizes Positive Community Norms (PCN), an approach that promotes protective factors, increases healthy norms, and changes community cultures on issues including substance use, traffic safety, child maltreatment, youth suicide, and more. PCN can help you design and implement powerful communications campaigns that shift perceptions, attitudes and behaviors to achieve authentic community transformation. This method focuses on community strengths and protective factors. One that promotes health instead of risk, and communicates hope instead of fear. One that’s guided by what we want to grow instead of what we want to prevent.

Washington Prevention Summit

An important goal for QPY is to “increase community capacity to address ATOD issues.” A great strategy to address this is to provide training and education opportunities. Washington Prevention Summit is one such opportunity that happens in November.

The goal of the Prevention Summit is to provide an enriching and culturally competent training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers, and professionals working toward the prevention of substance abuse, violence, and other destructive behaviors. The prevention community comes together to reflect on past year’s successes, learn new strategies, and network with a variety of people.

QPY takes coalition members (youth and adults) to this summit on an annual basis. This is 1 of 4 such opportunities provided by the coalition annually. This is how we sharpen our skills and learn to bring prevention principles to our community.