Project Amp pairs youth with young adults in recovery for brief mentorship that enhances resiliency and prevents alcohol and other drug use. Using a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) framework, it is a novel approach because it is delivered by young adult peers–also known as mentors–with personal experience of substance use and recovery.
C4 Innovations staff designed the intervention and completed a pilot study in school and healthcare settings to support and expand SBIRT efforts. Early results are highly promising for both feasibility and preliminary effectiveness. With support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, we are continuing this work with a fully-powered randomized controlled trial in schools to determine the impact of the intervention on youth outcomes, explore formalized roles for young peers, and advance the study of best practices in youth substance use prevention and early intervention.