Youth Engagement Training Initiative (YETI)

The Youth Engagement Training Initiative (YETI) is a youth-led positive youth development project aimed at providing education, training, and outreach to communities about adolescent risk factors including mental health, suicide, substance use, and accessing healthcare. At the heart of this project is a collaboration between youth, caring adults, and community partnerships. Using evidence-based curriculum and strategies, YETI addresses such risk factors as adolescent mental health and suicide through the eyes and direction of the youth on its Youth Adult Council. The collaboration with community has provided YETI with a strong support network for addressing youth healthcare needs holistically and culturally. Most importantly, YETI believes that youth are the experts on youth and this program empowers each of its participants to rise up in innovative ways. YETI is available to youth, families, and organizations alike to provide specifically tailored trainings and outreach events aimed at bringing communities and youth together to overcome such obstacles as stigma, healthcare disparities, and declining youth health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you or your agency is interested in partnering with YETI or have any questions.



Positive Actions Secondary Drug Education

We provide evidence-based structured curriculum regarding youth substance use via Positive Actions Secondary Drug Education. The classes are for youth in grades 6-12 and are completely free. Additionally, we provide education about accessing healthcare and transitional healthcare via the Got Transitions model of care. Our newest curriculum, the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper training, is a class aimed at educating the community about suicide prevention and intervention. This one-time class is free, can be completed in as little as an hour and a half, and can be tailored to your specific needs as a student, organization, or staff. Please reach out to us if you have any questions about the following class or any other training needs. YETI is a program of T-CORE, a department of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.