Youth Track Info

Youth Track Info



The 2021 Youth Track is Virtual this year. 

Coping, Connection, and Community, is being 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 Northwest Alcohol Conference is excited to provide TWO opportunities to participate in the virtual youth track this year!  

Option 1:  If you are able to, please join us for the LIVE virtual presentation, on June 28th.  See guidelines and registration information below.  

Option 2:  If June 28th doesn’t work for you, you have another option!  A recorded session will be made available after the 4th of July Holiday.  If youth organizations/groups are interested in viewing this presentation, it will be made available free of charge by contacting our NoWAC Youth Track Coordinator.  Youth organizations/groups that are interested in applying for one of TEN mini-grants to assist them in the completion of a service project (see below), can view this recording, answer a series of questions that will be provided to you with the presentation, and will then be eligible to apply!

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

Guidelines for the Live Virtual Youth Track: 

  • 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 June 28 at 10 AM to 12 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.


Guidelines for the RECORDED Virtual Youth Track: 

  • Each organization / group must have an adult leader who leads the youth through the recording.  This person will be the main contact person for the organization / group.
  • After the group has completed viewing the session, the adult leader will lead the youth through the completion of the questions provided with the recorded session.  The adult leader will submit the completed questions to NoWAC Youth Track Coordinator, Billie-Jo Nickens at
  • Once the completed questions have been received by the Coordinator, the adult leader will receive the application for the mini grant opportunity. 
  • If a youth would like to view this recording 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 September 30, 2021. 
  • TO REQUEST RECORDING  - Please email your request to Billie-Jo Nickens. 

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 either sent an adult and youth to the virtual youth track opportunity and completed the session, or viewed the recorded session and answered the provided questions.
  • 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 September 30, 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 and will be emailed to participants who view the recorded session after they have submitted the questions provided to them with the recording.