Our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members were recently interviewed by the Idaho Office of Drug Policy for a spotlight feature in their monthly newsletter and on their betheparents.org website. YAB members were amazing and represented our community well! You can read the full article by clicking on the title below:

Our YAB is doing amazing work in the community! They want to attend the CADCA National Leadership Institute in July to learn how to be more effective at preventing their friends from experimenting with drugs. So, YAB members are selling drawing tickets to earn money to attend CADCA’s National Leadership Institute in July. The tickets are $20, one ticket will be drawn each month for 12 months for a $100 winner, and winners will be placed back in the drawing for another chance to win. Only 300 tickets will be sold, increasing your chance to win. You can mail a payment and we can fill out your entry and mail you your ticket stub, or here is a PayPal link if you would rather purchase a ticket that way.
If you are local, stop by the UYLC office at 413 Main Street, or call 208-743-0392 and we can send one of the kids by. If you have any questions let us know! Please share this with all your friends; it’s a great cause, and good odds of winning!



Youth Advisory Board (YAB)
General Membership Meeting
Monday, February 12, 2018
413 Main Street
6:30 PM
Open to all 7th-12th Graders

Upriver Youth Leadership Council and Youth Advisory Board Volunteer and Partner Appreciation Dinner
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
4432 Highway 12 (The Life Center)
6:00 PM
Please RSVP for dinner by Friday, February 16, 2018

Upriver Youth Leadership Council
General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
413 Main Street
7:00 AM
Open to all


Wa-A’Yas Community Center
12 and up

Kamiah Elementary School
K-4, Family

Friday, February 16, 2018
Wa-A’Yas Community Center
6:30PM -8:00PM
12 and up

Wa-A’Yas Community Center
All ages, Family

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The Magic of Youth Advisory Board
by Jasmine Huerta
UYLC Pro-Social Engagement Specialist
The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) has been absolutely phenomenal to work with. Each member has different talents that they bring to the table, and they all have the same goal- to help their peers occupy themselves with clean, wholesome activities while staying away from substances.
The past four months have been occupied with activities for the youth to do. YAB has put on movie nights, open gyms, and at the beginning of December, they put together a fantastic float representing their group in The Kamiah Christmas Parade. The kids loved that we had one of our youth be Santa Claus. All around it was a fun experience, not just for our Youth Advisory Board, but for the community as well. During the month of December, YAB put on Christmas Cookie Decorating for families within our community, and had a successful New Year’s Eve Lock-in for their peers. We had almost 50 teens attend this event, and it was a really great experience for the Youth Advisory Board to see their event be such a success. They had dodgeball, video games, movies, charades, and much more at this event; their peers LOVED it and had tons of fun. One of my fellow coworkers at Upriver Youth Leadership Council had received wonderful feedback from some of the parents who had their kids attend; and how much their child enjoyed the Lock-in and had so much fun.
YAB is currently working on a community dance that they will be hosting in March. It will be a St. Patrick’s dance open to the communities around Kamiah, such as Orofino, Kooskia, Stites, Grangeville, Nez Perce, Lapwai, and Cottonwood. This event will be a fundraiser for YAB to attend a National Youth Leadership Institute in July, where they will learn more about leadership and how to become a confident leader among their peers. The YAB members want to get their fellow classmates more involved in the amazing cause they are a part of, and for their peers to know that there are better activities to be involved in besides substances. They are excited and eager to be more involved in the community to help raise awareness of how harmful drugs are to the body. It is a great experience for anyone to work with this amazing group. We always welcome volunteers, and would love the opportunities to get to know our community members better.
Youth Thrive With Prevention Education
by Susan Broncheau
The Kamiah Afterschool Program (KAP) and the Youth Engaged in Service (YES) Club have been interactively engaging in prevention education provided by the Upriver Youth Leadership Council.

The KAP and YES Club programs have children K-4 th , and 5 th -12 th grade. The youth are having fun learning prevention efforts through team building interactive games and breaking down barriers, while stepping out of their individual comfort-zones in learning how to care for and work with others.

A few areas of prevention education being covered are: youth targeted social media alcohol and tobacco campaigns: the effects of substances and an alternative in healthy living and healthy choices: the dangers and false appearances of marijuana and prescription drugs: what is legal and illegal and to whom: and underage-teen drinking.

The Upriver Youth Leadership Council has enjoyed the opportunity in working with youth in the community and is looking forward to continued prevention leadership.
[208.743.0392]  [upriverylc@gmail.com]  [upriveryouth.org]