Making the Connection
The Making the Connection Toolkit provides interactive modules that reveal the connection between ACEs, toxic stress, brain development, and youth substance use. The toolkit helps educators engage youth with realistic examples, current science, and engaging activities to help youth make personal connections to the material while building resilience and coping skills. This toolkit is intended for parents and adults to present to the youth they work with, mentor, or care for.
Who is the toolkit for?
Safe and caring adults who work with youth in schools, prevention clubs, leadership programs, faith communities, and community organizations.
This toolkit gives adults the tools to connect with youth on topics including:
Toxic Stress, ACEs, and trauma
Teen brain development
Coping and risk factors
Costs of early substance abuse
Vaping, e-cigs, & marijuana
Mapping your resilience
What communities can do to help
What you will learn
Proven, effective approaches to talking with youth
Understand trauma-informed approaches to prevention
Gain familiarity with toolkit modules, guides, content, and strategies for use
Explore toolkit guide, content, and platform
Practice facilitation using conventional method with content samples