PEP Youth Coalition

Empowering young people to be creative, vocal, and powerful change-makers within their community.

Asking for Answers

Have a prevention question? Submit your question here!

Youth Leadership

The PEP Youth Leadership Team (YLT) entrusts our youth to make a genuine difference in the lives of others in their community. It allows them to develop their leadership, public speaking, and advocacy skills while building relationships with other teens dedicated to making our world a better place

The YLT prepares youth for adulthood through leadership development and is composed of a select group of youth who work with PEP advisors to arm their community and peers with the knowledge to combat substance misuse through youth lead projects. 

What’s Up Wednesday

WUW is a volunteer group of middle and high school students dedicated to making our community a better, healthier, and safer place to live. We do this through substance misuse prevention and education. We make a difference in our community, and we have a good time doing it

During these meetings, youth come together to discuss risk and protective factors concerning substance misuse in terms of what the teens are seeing and feeling in today’s climate. Prevention games, projects, and discussions will occur during these sessions. During summer months WUW will occasionally meet in person. Check PEP’s Facebook page for locations. During the school year, WUW meets virtually, join us using the link below! 


Youth Events

Youth Media Release: for all pep events

Appalachian boarding, release of liability form: paddle boarding

PEP and the Youth Engagement Workgroup host 3 Teen Nights throughout each year. These events are created to engage youth in fun drug-free activities. During the pandemic, these gatherings have been and will continue to be replaced with innovative community-wide covid safe events.

PEP has also started a pilot cultural enhancement program. This program is designed to cultivate the creativity, confidence, and skills of our youth by exposing them to arts and cultural experiences while encouraging participation.


Check out PEP’s Facebook page to stay up to date on events.

Youth Created Resources

A printable booklet/poster for high school youth – Created by PEP youth: ZINE 2022

PEP Youth helped record a video for the Safe Project, check out the video here:

Marijuana Misconceptions Poster Contest Winners 2021: 1st place, 2nd place, & 3rd place

Stand Out and Stand Up to Drug Misuse Poster Contest Winners 2022

Youth Led initiatives

Youth Info

Youth Leadership Team – The PEP youth leadership team meets weekly to discuss youth led projects such as, contests, presentations, events, newsletters, conference, and more. These youth work to promote and recruit other youth to attend established school prevention groups, prevention events and work on prevention projects.

What’s Up Wednesday’s – Is a virtual group of youth who participate in prevention activities and discuss youth issues.

PEP Newsletter – “The Voice of the Youth” is a tool used quarterly to communicate with PEP members and the community about prevention events, as well as to share the thoughts, concerns and issues of substance use the youth see and feel daily and highlight youth efforts in prevention.  It is a communication platform designed and written by the youth leadership team under the supervision of PEP staff.