Youth Track Info

Youth Track Info

The 2021 Youth Track is Virtual this year. 

Please join us for the virtual presentation, entitled Coping, Connection, and Community, presented by nationally acclaimed presenter Nigel Wrangham in coordination with Billie-Jo Nickens, NoWAC Youth Track Coordinator.  COVID-19 has provided the world with a variety of challenges that many of us were not prepared for.  In turn, we have seen an increase in unhealthy coping strategies across all age groups, including substance use and abuse.  During this time, it is even more important to remember to reach out and make positive connections with our family, friends, and our communities.  This presentation will work to engage youth coalitions and their adult leaders from around the United States in conversations regarding ways to reach their peers and their communities during this time, ways to expand the reach of their voices and messages, and the importance of service and connection to their communities. 

The Goals of the Youth Track:

  • Provide an opportunity for innovative & interactive student leaders (age 13 - 18 years of age) to network
  • Discuss alcohol and drug issues and promote creative, interactive problem solving 
  • Learn from nationally acclaimed speaker and Northwest native, Nigel Wrangham and put those skills to use to better your local community


  • Each organization / group must have an adult leader present during the youth track session.  This person will be the main contact person for the organization / group.
  • To be eligible for the stipend, each organization / group and their leader must attend the virtual training session together.  The session will be offered on TWO different dates/times to accommodate different schedules and coincides with the adult conference.  One session will be offered on June 28 at 10 AM to 12 PM PST and the other session will be offered on June 29 from 1 PM to 3 PM PST.
  • If a youth chooses to attend on their own, they may do so, they will just be excluded from the stipend opportunity. 
  • All youth must have a waiver on file prior to June 28, 2021. 
  • The registration system requires a specific email address for each registration.

TO REGISTER - Please email your liability waiver to Billie-Jo Nickens. 

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The Northwest Alcohol Conference assists the nation's youth in leadership, and in 2021, is proud to offer TEN $500.00 Mini-Grants for Youth Guided/Directed Projects.  

Youth Guided/Directed Project Guidelines 

  • To be eligible for a mini-grant, the organization / group must have sent an adult and youth to the virtual youth track opportunity and completed the session.
  • Each organization / group will submit their project proposal and mini-grant application to the Youth Track Coordinator for project approval and mini-grant award by July 31, 2021. 
  • Once the project is approved, the organization / group can begin work.
  • Projects can be centered on youth substance abuse education and training, social media campaigns or other local campaigns and projects that benefit the community and/or raise awareness about substance use/abuse.  Projects CANNOT be organization / group team building type activities. 
  • Projects must be completed by December 31, 2021. 
  • Mini-grants are reimbursement grants.  At the conclusion of the project and after submission of the final project report, organizations / groups will be sent their $500.00 checks.  Project reports must be submitted within 30 days of the stated project completion date.

Project Proposal and Mini-Grant Application will be provided at the conclusion of the virtual youth track session to attendees.