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.

Making the Connection Toolkit

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:

arrow Toxic Stress, ACEs, and trauma
arrow Teen brain development
arrow Coping and risk factors
arrow Costs of early substance abuse
arrow Vaping, e-cigs, & marijuana
arrow Mapping your resilience
arrow What communities can do to help

Making the Connection Toolkit

Facilitator Training

Toolkit Training

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

Request Toolkit Materials

Youth Now Request for Connection Toolkit