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YOUTH COALITION: Leadership Program


Fun! Attend events and activities, work with younger kids and your friends!

Education! Learn about tobacco, alcohol, drugs, mental health, trauma and more and how they affect us, gain leadership skills and focus on things you are passionate about.

Travel! (When possible) attend training and competitions in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville and more!

Volunteer hours! Youth leadership activities look great on resumes and college applications!

Make a difference! Things you teach and do may change the lives of people around you.

Youth Leadership Coalition- Fall 2021 Schedule

By participating in this coalition, youth will benefit from involvement through hands-on skill building, leadership, community service, and more.

  • ALL students in 6th-12th grades are welcome to participate.

  • Students may choose to only participate in one, or all sessions each month.

  • Membership forms and liability waivers will be required.

Red Ribbon Week March and Celebration: October 27, 2021 at 4:30 PM -Meet at VO Dobbins Community Center

march to Central Baptist. Dinner and Poster/ Essay Contest at 5:00 pm. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for the theme Drug Free Looks Like ME!

December 11, 2021

Blountville Christmas Parade and Photos with Grinch

More information will be announced.

Blountville, TN

To Apply, just fill out the form below. If you have question, please contact Melony Ison at 423-742-1025 or email at

This discussion provides tips about what parents can do to help their teens with mental health and suicide prevention.

Youth Coalition member Ezra Smith-Howard interviews Emily Wells, Northeast Coordinator for Mental Health Association of East Tennessee about youth mental health and suicide prevention.

Looking for Sullivan County Youth Ambassadors!

SCAD Coalition is looking for middle school or high school aged students interested in creating some PSAs, media for social media, and possibly doing some presentations for substance abuse prevention. If you are interested please fill out the application and return to Melony Ison. (

Ambassador Sullivan County Youth Coalition Application

Join a Youth Coalition (or start one)!

Contact Melony Ison ( for more information.

Speak to organizations in our community about the problems

We will train you! Contact Alice McCaffrey ( for more information

If You Use Nicotine Products, QUIT!

  • SmokefreeTXT - a free text message cessation service that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to teens trying to quit smoking. The initiative is led by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

  • Once they sign up, teens receive text messages timed according to their selected quit date. Following their quit date, they will continue receiving texts for up to six weeks — a critical piece of the SmokefreeTXT service, as research shows that cessation support continues to be important beyond the first few weeks of quitting. Teens can sign up online or text “QUIT” to iQUIT (47848).