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Purpose of the Toolkit & How to Use It

Getting Candid: Framing the Conversation Around Youth Substance Use Prevention message guide and toolkit equips youth-serving providers and organizations with the tools and resources necessary to support meaningful prevention messaging. This toolkit includes messaging on youth substance use prevention, tip sheets, social media graphics and shareables, videos, webinars, interactive worksheets, and an educational course.

The resources within this toolkit will support youth-serving providers and community-based organizations (CBOs) implement the Getting Candid: Framing the Conversation Around Youth Substance Use Prevention Message Guide and Communication Pathway.

How to Use the Toolkit

This toolkit is divided into ten sections, each containing a variety of clinical and operational resources to support youth-serving providers in building their capacity to implement the message guide and deliver substance use prevention messages to youth.

The following definitions are used throughout the message guide and toolkit:

Youth-serving provider

Providers and organizations, including community behavioral health organizations, primary care providers, social workers, counselors, and community-based organizations that engage youth ages 12–18.


Young people ages 12–18 years (middle and high school students).


Refers to alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), tobacco/nicotine, and prescription and illicit drugs such as opioids and stimulants.

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,000,000 with 100% funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.