Coalition Strategies


Youth Leadership Institute

PreventionFIRST! in collaboration with the Cincinnati Police Department hosts their annual Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) at the Cincinnati Police Academy. 

The goal of the Youth Leadership Institute is for students to gain valuable leadership (public speaking, advocacy, and teambuilding) skills and share their perceptions on youth alcohol and substance misuse.  Youth also get the chance to assist in planning and facilitating PreventionFIRST!’s  Red Ribbon Week Youth Summit each year in October.  

This one-day event is held during the summer. Teens participating also can obtain community service hours. This event is free and lunch is provided. Only 20 student leaders are choosen!  For more information, please contact Christi Valentini-Lackner, Program Manager, at 513-751-8000 or

Red Ribbon Week Youth Summit

PreventionFIRST! hosts their annual Red Ribbon Week Youth Summit each October.  This one day event brings together high school students from across the region to share their perceptions on issues related to youth alcohol and other substance use. Teens build their leadership skills, learn prevention strategies to take back and share with their school/community, and interact with other high schools through dynamic activities and engaging speakers. 

Participation in this event allows each school the opportunity to apply for funding to incorporate a youth-led prevention program within their own school/community. The event is free and lunch is provided. For more information please contact Christi Valentini-Lackner, Program Manager, at or 513-751-8000. 

Youth Mini-Grants

Mini-grant Awardees

The youth grant administered by PreventionFIRST! with funding from the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services provides an opportunity for youth-led programs to plan and implement a project around alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention in their schools and communities. Project selected included: New Richmond's Project Sticker Shock, Batesville's Birthday in a Box, Milford's Your Life Your Choice, Purcell Marian's Sticker Shock and Norwood's Your Voice Your Choice.  These projects are intended to not only benefit the youth involved by providing leadership development opportunities but also to enrich the communities and schools that are impacted by them. 

For more information, contact Christi Valentini-Lackner, Program Manager, at or 513-751-8000.

Coaches, Kids, and Chemicals Summit

The Coaches, Kids and Chemicals one day event engages and supports coaches and athletes in their role of being healthy and well, along with addressing substance use/abuse issues that student athletes face. This event is for high school 9th, 10th, and 11th graders as well as their coaches, athletic trainers, athletic directors, parents and booster members. 
Highlights of the day include: 
-Workshops to provide coaches with tips/resources in looking at athletic policy and helping with preventing substance use among young athletes.
-Workshops to provide athletes with tips/resources in taking care of themselves as well as educating them on the risks of substance use.

Youth Empowerment

The Youth Empowerment Package (YEP) is a collection of innovative prevention programs and practices designed for student’s in grades 6th through 12th. The package includes substance abuse prevention education (Prevention 101) for students, teachers, and parents (Parenting for Prevention) as well as technical assistance with implementation strategies for a Campus Challenge campaign and a Youth Summit.  YEP provides youth with skill sets and information so they have the best opportunity for a vibrant future.  For more information please contact Christi Valentini-Lackner, Program Manager, at or 513-751-8000.  

School Resource Packet 2018