Needs vary across age groups. Prevention efforts that work for adults won’t always work for youth and young adults. The chance of developing a substance use disorder is greatest for people who use alcohol and drugs during their teenage years. In response, C4 developed Project Amp, a brief mentorship intervention approach for youth that enhances resiliency and prevents alcohol and other drug use. Project Amp is delivered by near-age peer mentors, typically in school-based or other youth-serving community settings. We partner with our Youth Advisory Board, young adult peer mentors, and other youth and young adults to ensure Project Amp and other initiatives are youth-informed.
Our team includes service providers, trainers, researchers, and people who have experienced mental illness, substance use, trauma, and homelessness across the ages. Our work is grounded in our experience with providing and participating in mental health and addiction services. We keep people with lived experience at the forefront to ensure real-world expertise is embedded in all we do.