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Native Youth Resources

Educational programs and resources on alcohol and substance use disorder awareness, prevention, and treatment are available to Native youth.

The Native Youth Educational Services workgroup of the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee provides information about programs and resources that address substance use disorders among Native youth. The workgroup, which serves as a resource to tribes and Indian country, continues to gather and organize youth-focused information.

Please send suggestions and links (such as educational opportunities, youth-focused conferences, and judicial resources) to Jean Plaschke,

Federal Resources

  • is the federal government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. It includes youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest youth-related news.
  • Stop Underage Drinking provides federal resources on underage drinking and ideas for addressing this issue.

Department of Education (ED)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

SAMHSA grants, programs, campaigns, and technical assistance centers:

  • Building Blocks for a Healthy Future provides parents, caregivers, and teachers of children ages 3 to 6 with lots of great tips, materials, and ideas for spending time with their children and learning together.
  • Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies provides responsive, tailored, and outcome-focused training and technical assistance to prevent and reduce substance use disorders and associated public health issues.
  • Communities That Care is a coalition-based community prevention system that uses a public health approach to prevent problem behaviors among youth such as underage drinking, tobacco use, violence, delinquency, school dropout, and substance use disorders.
  • Drug-Free Workplace aims to eliminate illicit drug use in the federal workforce and certify laboratories to conduct forensic drug testing for federal agencies and some federally regulated industries.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders contains information and resources about the prevention and treatment of these disorders.
  • Grants
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment describes the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s mission is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
  • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices is a searchable online registry of intervention programs supporting mental health promotion, substance use disorder prevention, and mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
  • Prevention Management Reporting and Training System provides substance use disorder prevention resources, data collection, and reporting services.
  • Safe Schools/Healthy Students is a grant program designed to prevent violence and substance use disorders in U.S. schools and communities.
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.
  • The Strategic Prevention Framework uses a five-step process designed to promote youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience, and prevent problem behaviors in the future.
  • The Synar Program monitors state compliance with the Synar Amendment, which requires states to have laws in place prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco products to people under the age of 18, and to enforce those laws effectively.
  • Too Smart to Start helps youth, families, educators, and communities prevent underage alcohol use and its related problems.
  • Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center provides training and technical assistance on mental and substance use disorders and suicide prevention to federally recognized tribes, other American Indian and Alaska Native communities, SAMHSA tribal grantees, and organizations serving Indian country.

Department of Justice (DOJ)

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Non-Federal Resources

  • The Center for Native American Youth is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native youth through communication, policy development, and advocacy, with special emphasis on suicide prevention.
  • National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children works to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by empowering practitioners who work to transform the lives of children and families living in drug environments. It provides training and technical assistance to state groups serving drug-endangered children and those in the community who assist and care for them.
  • The School Mental Health Project (SMHP) at UCLA was created in 1986 to pursue theory, research, practice, and training related to addressing mental health and psycho-social concerns through school-based interventions. The SMHP works closely with school districts, local and state agencies, special initiatives, and organizations and colleagues across the country.
  • We R Native is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth.

More Information about the Native Youth Educational Services Workgroup

The Native Youth Educational Services workgroup includes representatives from the:

  • Department of the Interior (DOI)–chair
  • HHS, DOI, DOJ, and ED–members
  • SAMHSA–co-chair

The workgroup updates and maintains a comprehensive list of Federally-Sponsored Education and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Education Support Programs (PDF | 328 KB).

Last Updated: 12/29/2015