Implementing Change

Welcome! A key element in youth-led programs (YLP) is making change happen. This change is facilitated through evidence-based strategies. The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) identified six strategies for implementing prevention activities: community-based process, environmental, prevention education, information dissemination, alternative activities, and problem identification and referral. YLP is unique in how it is defined as a community-based process. Community-based process and the other five strategies, when implemented together, have been shown to be effective in creating change.


To support those interested in implementing community change, we created a series of resources to be used by youth and adult allies engage in YLP. Watch this short introductory video to see how these resources can be used by YLP to implement community change.

Introductory Video

How do adult allies support youth in implementing community change? 

Visualizing Evidence- Based Strategies

This infographic outlines the six CSAP strategies and how they can be implemented by YLP. How will YOU use these strategies to implement change in YOUR YLP?

Briefing Papers

These briefing papers, written by professionals in the field, provide a high-level overview of three of the six CSAP strategies used by YLP to implement change. How will YOU use these papers to inform YOUR YLP?

Community-Based Process

Environmental Strategies

Prevention Education


This webinar outlines how to effectively engage youth in Problem Identification and Referral, including real-life examples in implementing policies and procedures. How will YOU use this webinar to engage youth in this strategy?

Problem ID and Referral for Youth-Led Programs


This podcast features professionals from the field and continues the discussion on how to implement Problem Identification and Referral in YLP. How will YOU use this podcast to further your knowledge on YLP and Problem Identification and Referral?

OAA Podcast Episode

5- Problem Identification and Referral

Voices from the Field: How Adult Allies Are Using These Resources