Partners in Prevention, the NCADD affiliate for Hudson County, NJ, provides a wide range of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention services and programs to their community.
Recently, Partners in Prevention added the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (LMTI) to their youth prevention services.
The mission of LMTI is to guide young people to realize their leadership potential and become empowered to create positive changes in themselves, their schools, and their communities. LMTI participants utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and learn about both environmental and individual prevention strategies in order to implement local prevention strategies that make a true impact.
Through various experiential trainings, LMTI works with hundreds of middle school, high school, and college age students throughout New Jersey each year.
Teen Institutes began in Ohio in 1965, and the National Association of Teen Institutes (NATI) was formed in 1985 with the goal of actively involving youth in the planning and implementation of prevention programming. In 1987, New Jersey's first Teen Institute, the Teen Institute of the Garden State (TIGS), was established by NCADD of North Jersey Area, Inc.
When NCADD, NJA closed its doors in 2005, the program was in danger of being discontinued. Instead, it was taken in by the Lindsey Meyer Memorial Foundation, a non-profit agency formed to honor the memory and spirit of Lindsey Meyer, a high school student who passed away in 2001 after a long and fiercely fought battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Lindsey was an active and passionate participant in TIGS during her high school years, and TIGS was reborn as the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute in her honor.
Lindsey's father, Wayne T. Meyer, who is President of the Lindsey Meyer Memorial Foundation, shared, "The Teen Institute held a very special place in Lindsey's heart, and it has been our sincere honor and pleasure to help this vital program grow over the past decade that it has been a part of our Foundation. The expertise and support that Partners in Prevention will provide will allow LMTI to flourish in new and meaningful ways. We couldn't be happier to entrust this program, which means so much to so many, to such a capable group."
LMTI's largest program is a comprehensive, year-long high school training program that kicks off with a week-long Summer Leadership Conference at YMCA Camp Mason in Blairstown, NJ.
The goal of this experience is to provide participants with the tools and resources necessary to help them identify and address specific needs in their schools and/or communities related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. During the week, participants see dynamic presenters, engage in experiential workshops and small group discussions, work with their peers in prevention planning sessions, and participate in teambuilding activities. The LMTI staff then works with the students throughout the school year to assist them with the implementation of their prevention plans, to provide follow up trainings and activities, and to provide technical support as needed.
Since its inception 29 years ago, over 10,000 youth have participated in Teen Institute trainings in New Jersey. LaTrenda Ross, President of the Partners in Prevention Board of Trustees, commented, "We are excited to welcome the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute to Partners in Prevention. This program has had a profound impact on youth in our state for nearly thirty years, and we look forward to continuing to reach more young people in Hudson County and throughout the state of New Jersey."
The Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute Summer Leadership Conference will take place on August 24 – August 28, 2015.
For more information about LMTI and other programs offered by Partners in Prevention, contact:
Associate Executive Director
Partners in Prevention
Secaucus, NJ 07094
NCADD Hudson and the Lindsey Meyer Memorial Foundation would like to thank the Pro Bono Partnership and the law firms of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Dechert LLP, for their diligence and assistance in making this program transfer possible. For more information on the Pro Bono Partnership, please visit their website at http://www.probonopartnership.org/.