Nationally, Youth to Youth is the recognized leader for engaging youth in positive change. Each summer, Youth to Youth offers tremendous leadership opportunities for adolescents and the adults who work with them. The one-of-a-kind conference experience, led by trained teens alongside adults, is the training that group and coalitions across the country count on annually to serve as a vital catalyst to strengthen their youth prevention programming. 



By attending this four-day conference, adolescents meet and befriend drug-free teens from all over the country, develop skills to make positive choices, attend interactive and informative workshops, hear nationally known speakers, develop action plans to create change in their schools and communities and learn vital leadership qualities and skills that they can use for a lifetime, and most importantly, HAVE A BLAST!

Conference Staff Applications and Workshop Presenters:

Every year we offer the opportunity for youth and adults to be part of the Youth to Youth Conference Volunteer Staff. The staff role is one of the most critical and influential parts of the Southern States Conference. Adult staff will attend conference for free and selected youth staff will pay a reduced fee to attend the conference. Youth to Youth Conferences are an excellent opportunity to receive training in many areas of youth leadership/drug prevention programming. We value the commitment of those youth and adults who are willing to assist in helping teens make positive choices and we promise to make conference a learning, rewarding and fun experience for both the adult and youth staff. For those past participants or youth staff who have completed their first year of college (or are at least 19 years old) please consider volunteering for "A Team" where you will help with the behind the scenes duties at conference. You can download the applications for staff, A-Team and Workshop Presenters below:


We invite you to follow us on social media to see photos from the 2017 conference and encourage you to spread the word to adolescents about this opportunity for the 2018 summer.


Teen Health Connection relies on the generous contributions of individual and corporate donors to allow us to continue to offer the Southern States Leadership Conference in Charlotte. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact Rett Liles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 704-381-8368. By supporting the Southern States Conference and Teen Health Connection, you help us reach our vision of every adolescent healthy, safe and successful.