2015 Youth Track

The first ever youth trainings offered at the NPN Conference!

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Know Before You Go


CADCA’s National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI)

Young people have what it takes to make a positive difference in their communities, showing that they are leaders of today, not just tomorrow. That’s why CADCA designed the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI), a training that equips youth and their adult advisors with the essential knowledge and skills needed to make significant community-level change. Using a youth-led, team-teaching approach, the NYLI builds capacity to foster youth leadership in design, implementation, and evaluation of action strategies addressing community problems through “Youth In Action” Projects. Seven evidence-based behavioral change strategies emphazing environmental modifications are employed to effectively alter local conditions that contribute to substance use and its correlates.

In 2014, CADCA’s National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI) trained more than 1,700 teens and adult advisors from across the country and globe. The model uses a public health approach to prevention. It is built on the framework of science-based community problem-solving processes researched and documented by the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre Workgroup for Community Health and Development at University of Kansas. The NYLI is embraced by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), states and local communities. An independent evaluation conducted by Michigan State University found that participants trained by the NYLI experienced an increase in leadership competencies, community organizing, problem-solving abilities, current and future civic activism, and civic and political engagement. For more information about this impactful training, visit the CADCA website: http://www.cadca.org/about-nyli

Follow this link to view biographies of CADCA’s Trainers. 

Youth Track Agenda

CLICK HERE to download the latest Youth Track Agenda. (updated on 11.3.15) Schedule is subject to change.

Required Youth Permission Forms

All youth participants must sign permission and medical release packets. Download the required forms below and must be brought to the conference signed (on each page) by the youth attendee, as well as the legal guardian or parent.


Download Printable Team Adult Advisor Guidelines
Download Printable Youth Permission Packet

Please bring one (1) original and two (2) copies of the Youth Guidelines/Permission Forms packet for each youth. Bring the signed form to the NPN Youth Track to be submitted during team check in. Check in on Monday is 11:30am – 6:00pm, Diamond Room, 1st Floor (accessible from the lobby to the right of the front entrance).

Required Team Chaperone Meetings

A minimum of one (1) chaperone for each team must attend one (1) of the following meetings and pass the information along to the other chaperone. If both chaperones want to attend a meeting; this is encouraged and it is recommended that one or both participate in the GoToMeeting so that one Chaperone can remain with the youth, at all times, while onsite.

Advance Meeting – 1:
Tuesday, November 3
3:30-4:30 PDT
GoToMeeting and a calendar invite was sent privately to all chaperones.

Advance Meeting – 2:
Thursday, November 12
3:30-4:30 PDT
GoToMeeting and a calendar invite was sent privately to all chaperones.

In Person:
Monday, November 16
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Sheraton Seattle, Aspen Room, 2nd Floor

Lodging, Travel and Meals

Registration scholarships do not include lodging, travel, per diem or any other costs associated with participation. The host hotel and conference venue is the Sheraton Seattle. The block has a lot of rooms available at the GSA/government rate. To book rooms at the rate, visit the website here. For all travel information, please click here.

A continental breakfast and lunch is included November 17-19, 2015 at the Sheraton Seattle. Dinner is not included on any day of the conference.


Valet Parking
Valet Parking is available at the Sheraton Seattle for $50.00 per day. Subject to change by hotel.

Downtown Parking Map
Click Here for an interactive, online parking map of downtown Seattle for other parking options that are near the venue.

Washington State Convention Center Parking Garage
Click here for parking rates at the Washington State Convention Center.

Visit Seattle!

Below are specials offers available for NPN Conference attendees. These are ancillary activities that you can participate in at your own cost.

  • EMP Museum – Price of admission will be $10 for youth track participants. State “NPN Conference” at the desk for discounted tickets. Price is for Monday, November 16 only.
  • This is a value of $24 for youth and $30 for adults at the general price for NYLI team leadership training at the NPN Conference.  EMP Museum Exhibition Information

Optional Evening Activities

On the evening of Tuesday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 18 the NPN Youth Track will be hosting several optional evening activities for your entertainment and enjoyment. Note: Nametags are required for entrance into all evening activities.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Movie | 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Willow (2nd Floor)
Relax at the end a long, fun-filled training day! Come and watch a movie, Tomorrowland (2015), with all your new friends!

image of movie box cover

When a scientifically minded teenager (Britt Robertson) discovers a technologically advanced trinket that provides an astounding glimpse of the future, she enlists the help of a reclusive inventor (George Clooney) to make “Tomorrowland” a reality today. Author: Violet LeVoit
Rating: PG

Dance, Dance, Dance!* | 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Grand Ballroom BC (2nd Floor)
Join DJ Rice to end the day with the latest music and an exciting show! This will be a dance you don’t want to miss! DJ Services Music and audio are provided by DJ Rice, Owner, All About Music.

*Dance and Reception Attire Policy – In order to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants the following policy will apply:

  • Clothes must be decent and appropriate in nature and content.
  • No masks may be worn.
  • It is understood that the chaperones, in consultation with the conference staff, may restrict appearance and attire with special consideration for safety, health or other issues that may create a disruption to other conference participants.
  • Participants in violation of the policy will be asked to correct the problem before returning to the dance or reception.
  • Nametags are required to be worn at all times and for entrance to the dance.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Elevator Speech Training – So What’s Your Point? | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Willow (2nd Floor)
Why should people listen to you and why should they care about what you have to say? Lorrin Gehring, Youth Engagement and Community Development Specialist, will teach youth the tools they need to be effective public speakers and strategic in telling their story. Young people will learn how to think about their audience and to structure their presentation to gain attention and buy-in.

Jet City Improv | 8:30 – 9:30 pm
Grand Ballroom BC (2nd Floor)
Jet City Improv is one of the longest running theatrical events in the Northwest! Since 1992 Jet City Improv has been performing improvisational comedy in Seattle and around the Northwest at corporations, colleges, universities, conventions, schools and other organizations. Come laugh and join the fun with this interactive improv comedy show at NPN!


9:00am – 5:00pm; Monday – Friday (Pacific time)
Toll-free: 844-204-0909
Email: youth@npnconference.org
Please submit an email with the Subject line “Youth Registration” for more information or to send CASAT questions about registration.


Payments can be made by credit card, check, or purchase order using the online registration system. For checks and purchase orders, please make them payable to ‘Board of Regents’ and reference the participant(s) and order. Please mail payment to the address below.

Mailing Address

University of Nevada, Reno
ATTN: NPN Youth Track
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557 

Refund, No Show, and Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend the conference, please send a written cancellation notice to CASAT no later than Monday, September 14, 2015 by 5:00pm PDT. Spots must open up for those waiting to attend. Additionally, for no shows, refunds will not be made possible.

We are allowing substitutions up until the conference for youth teams due to the sell out of the conference.

*It is the registrant’s responsibility to follow up with CASAT within two (2) months after the conference in the event a refund is not received. If a registrant does not follow up on a refund and it is not received, no refund will be possible following this deadline.


The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery is partly sponsoring a National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI) training facilitated by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) at the NPN Conference for the first time in history! This training will provide 2.5 days of team leadership training. A total of 150 youth and 50 adult leaders in the youth track will be trained on evidence-based prevention strategies to reduce local problems and create positive community change.

Registration Information

All spots are now full! SOLD OUT!!!

In order to register for the conference, use the link to an online registration system. Users may register by credit card, check or PO/check through online. For those who register and complete the order by “check” or “PO”, an invoice will be emailed to the user.

Three registration categories are available for participation in the youth track:

  1. Washington State Teams (On Scholarship): $75/person (up to 4 per team ONLY; up to 152 team members, including youth and chaperones) SOLD OUT!
  2. All Other Teams: $475/person (team numbers may vary; must have 3 to 1 ratio of youth to chaperones) SOLD OUT!

This is an estimated value of up to $2,000 per team member!


Advanced youth leaders who are active in local community prevention efforts and youth team members. (Please note: High school-aged youth are recommended to attend. Youth 12-18 of age may attend who are in junior high school or high school.)

Washington State Prevention Teams Conference Fee

For Washington State teams there will be a $75 charge per person  up to one (1) team adult advisor and three (3) youth which is $300 total for a team of four. There are 152 spots available at this price and are first come, first served. There is no scholarship application for teams necessary. Please just complete registration. For teams that are uncertain of actual youth attendees, please register to illustrate your commitment and interest and pay the $75 per person by September 14, 2015. This price does not include lodging or travel. No additional funds will be available for lodging and/or travel.

All Other Youth Prevention Teams Conference Fee

For all other teams there will be a $475 charge per person and these spots are first come, first served. Teams must meet the required 3:1 ratio for youth to team adult advisor, and may be up to any number until seats are full. A total of 24 seats are for general youth prevention teams, and up to 24 seats are reserved for OR and AK state teams.

Requirements for Registration

  • DBHR will provide partial registration scholarships to Washington State youth teams ONLY.
  • Youth teams are comprised of 3 youth and one adult leader. Teams may not register more than 4 per group who are based in Washington state. However, requests for additional spots may be submitted at the time of registration in the event that more space becomes available. The team will be notified closer to the conference by email to the team contact in the registration system if more spots are available. A field in the registration form will inquire as to additional requests for seats.
  • Washington state teams that need a scholarship for registration assistance must register and pay $75 for each team member registered by September 14 to be eligible for the scholarship. First-come, first-served. Payment must be received to hold seats for the CADCA, NYLI training at the NPN Conference.


Partial youth team scholarships are available for 38 (Washington State) teams of up to 4 participants only per team. (team: 3 youth and 1 adult leader). All other teams will be required to pay the full conference fee of $475. First-come, first-served. There is a max capacity for the training.

Should a team have it in the budget to register, the cost is $475/person. First-come, first-served. Youth registration must be accompanied by an adult youth leader registration. No youth may attend NYLI without an adult chaperone/team leader.

Congressional Award

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds; young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level has youth involved in setting goals for themselves in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

Regardless of the youth’s situation, they can earn the Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge. The award also provides access to scholarship opportunities described on the website. For more information, visit www.congressionalaward.org

CLICK HERE to download the flyer containing more information.