Project Extra Mile's youth leadership initiatives involve young people who want to make a difference in their communities by challenging the adult world regarding excessive alcohol consumption, which includes underage drinking. Youth leadership is critical in achieving sustainable and permanent change in communities.
Current opportunities for student involvement include:
Youth Leadership Network: A monthly meeting of students in grades 8-12 with a desire to learn about excessive alcohol use and identify opportunities to impact their schools and communities. The Youth Leadership Network currently meets in the Omaha metro area via Zoom.
What makes a youth-led effort unique? While adult partners help youth reach their goals, young people are encouraged to take the lead in addressing alcohol-related harms in their community. Young people have an uncanny ability to capture the attention of adult policymakers. Students involved in preventing underage drinking and other excessive alcohol consumption focus on (1) examining alcohol issues and sharing the youth perspective about their impact with community leaders and key stakeholders, (2) participating in various forms of peer leadership through community connections and events, and (3) utilizing media advocacy to make their message heard.