In Fall 2020, OnTrack! Anti-Drug Coalition created and initiated the YES: Youth Experts Speak youth voice project. Materials include questions for a guided conversation led by adults with groups of young people they already know.
OnTrack! wants to listen and here is what some of our local young people had to say:
On virtual learning:
“People who are extroverts and want to see others are going to continue to struggle with it, and I worry about some people’s mental health as we continue to social distance. How do we provide those social interactions in this new setting?”
“People don’t realize it is addictive or that there are long-term repercussions.”
“If adults are doing it they don’t want to talk about it because they don’t want to be a hypocrite.”
“There are people that need and want help. We need to find paths to help them move forward.”
Are you interested in leading a YES: Youth Experts Speak conversation? Would you like to help OnTrack! respond to our kids’ needs?