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  1. Building on our strengths: Canadian standards for school-based youth substance abuse prevention

    The Canadian Standards for School-based Youth Substance Abuse Prevention are part of A Drug Prevention Strategy for Canada’s Youth, a five-year Strategy launched by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) in 2007 aimed at reducing drug use among Canadian youth aged 10–24. The School-based Standards are one of several sets of standards being developed with the aim of strengthening the quality of youth-focused substance abuse prevention programs in Canada. …

  2. Youth empowerment and high school Gay-Straight Alliances

    In the field of positive youth development programs, “empowerment” is used interchangeably with youth activism, leadership, civic participation and self-efficacy. However, few studies have captured what empowerment means to young people in diverse contexts. This article explores how youth define and experience empowerment in youth-led organizations characterized by social justice goals: high school Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). …

  3. Going beyond gay-straight alliances to make schools safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students

    Currently, the establishment of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) in schools is one of the most visible and widely adopted strategies for calling attention to and addressing the needs of LGBT students. …

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