Lead & Seed is a youth empowered, environmental approach to preventing and reducing alcohol consumption, teen tobacco use, drug use and prescription drug misuse in a community. Lead & Seed is a reviewed evidence-based, drug prevention program included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. CTC Network USA is certified by Alutiiq to offer two training options throughout The State of Florida.

  • Two-Day Training

The two-day, 12-hour, Lead & Seed program training is provided at a local site for a school district or community. The training is followed by a community action phase to address local problems. Best practice strategies are tracked in a logic model, blueprint and action plans developed during that training. A maximum of 24 participants attend the curriculum training. Approximately 75% of the attendees should be youth leaders from middle and/or high school, with the remaining participants should be the adults who support the youth efforts, such as teachers, guidance counselors, parents, faith community individuals, civic organizations and prevention specialists. Youth should be selected on their passion for change, an academic average of “C” and their availability to meet with their Lead & Seed team.  Hundreds of youth-led mobilization projects are shared during the training and technical assistance by the trainer is provided by phone and email for one year. A resource flash drive is included with the training.

  • TOT (Training of Trainers) 4-Day

Phase I, LEAD, is the “Instructional Phase” when the two-day, 12-hour, training is delivered. The training affects individual change, in an effort to transform individual adolescent knowledge, attitude and skills. It is during this instruction that youth leaders (and the adults who support them) explore the specific local causes and solutions for underage drinking, DUI, prescription drug misuse, teen tobacco use, drugs in their community and bullying. The trained team at the Seed Site selects strategies and activities that they believe will work where they live, work and play. Their selected activities are based on their Theory of Change applied to the demographics and factors of their specific area. Their selected activities will yield environmental outcomes and will make changes in local policy, practice and procedures and create legal, economic, socio-cultural or economic change. 

Phase II, SEED, occurs during the months following the 2-day training. This is the Community Action Phase. During that time period, the action plans and strategies developed during the Lead & Seed training are implemented. The program configuration of conducting the training first and then implementing the plans is effective because participants are provided with the tools they need to localize and take charge of their own efforts and outcomes. Phase II begins the process of “population-level” change. The adult role is to support and assist the youth leaders in attaining their goals.

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