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YAB Campaigns
Through the combined resources of the Coalitions’ drug and alcohol use surveys (of 8th – 12th grade students), the ongoing dialogue at the YAB table, input from community concerns, and with professional assistance from local college interns, YAB ideas and messages have developed into campaigns we run in schools and the broader community to promote positive substance-free choices for teens. 
The YAB is launching their newest campaign messages, which are designed to make people think about the influential factors in their lives.... those positive reasons and influential factors that lead to substance-free lifestyles.  Check out our newest posters that can be found in the schools and around the community!
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RX Warning

Marijuana 1 in 6

Spring Break
I Choose

Teen Drinking and the Brain
Keep Calm

Your Brain on Drugs

Digital Legacy
iphone:  What's Your Influence?
Marijuana:  Poison Ivy

Rx Drug Abuse

Marijuana Warning:  Don't Drive While High!

What's Your Influence?
What's Your Tag?
Congratulations Class of 2012!
Assume Nothing
REFLECT. Choose A Sober Drive
Marijuana: Poison Ivy
Alcohol: RESPECT
Straight Edge. Substance-free.


Youth in Action!

Who we are...
The Youth Action Board (YAB) is a group of dynamic and diverse high school students from Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills public and private schools, who volunteer their time and talents to support the Coalitions prevention of underage substance use and abuse. We meet on a regular basis to talk about current issues and trends with regards to alcohol and drug use. The YAB works together with the Coalition and community sectors to come up with creative ways to promote positive, substance-free choices.

YAB Teens ask you to check this out…

  • To give teens a positive voice and presence in the community.
  • To demonstrate the positive choices that we live by, and that MOST teens are making today.
  • Plan and organize community based and supported events and opportunities for teens to gather in safe, fun and substance-free environments.


Opportunities for teens
  • Meet, connect and create an ongoing dialogue with students from other schools, and neighboring communities.
  • A voice in your schools and community and influence to support the Coalitions mission in the prevention of teen substance use and abuse.
  • Community Service through volunteering with the YAB.
  • Plan, organize and promote fun and alternative, substance-free community events.
  • Develop leadership skills and abilities:
    • YAB Executive Leadership Board
    • Local, regional and national leadership development training opportunities
  • Develop your community connections and advocacy for the prevention of teen substance use by attending and representing youth at Coalition and other community events and meetings involving the issue of prevention of teen substance use and abuse.
  • Connect and have an active voice on this and other important teen’s issues in your schools, community, state and the nation.
  • Take the opportunity as far as you can! Many YAB have!
  • Read the letter from YAB teens to you

The YAB meets every other Sunday afternoon at the Bloomfield Twp Library in meeting room #3.  Meeting dates and times can be found on our web-site calendar.  Meeting space is made possible and donated by our friend and partner in prevention the Bloomfield Twp. Library. It’s easy to join. The work is flexible. Simply come to a meeting and get involved in the dialogue, planning an event or consider taking it further with the many volunteer and leadership opportunities we have to offer.

The YAB plans and organizes large-scale community based events for teens to gather and have fun in a safe, healthy and substance-free environment. There is no pressure. Teens can gather and have a fun evening doing something planned and organized by other teens and NOT have to worry about making the choice to use alcohol or drugs.
  • Outdoor Team/Leadership Ropes Challenge Event - Sunday, October 18, 2015 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Held 1-2 times each year, at a local park or school fields. This event appeals to a diverse group of students who want to participate in a fun day, connect with other teens from other schools and where anyone can play.
    For details and dates, check the web-site calendar or contact Kelly Michaud @ kmichaud@bbcoalition.org

  • YAB's 1st Annual Teen Talent Palooza FUNdraiser - Friday, January 15th, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. @ Bloomfield Hills HS
    • Our signature and most popular event held twice each year.
    • Planned, organized and promoted by the YAB.
    • Band Jam style concerts, featuring the talents of local high school bands. Sound and tech supported by local businesses and high school students.
    • End of the school year Teen Talent Palooza - Friday, June 17, 2016

  • CHOICES, Youth-led Dialogue Day - Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    • A youth-led day of dialogue bringing together a majority group of teens along with a smaller group of key adults from the schools and community.
    • CHOICES is planned organized and led by teens from the YAB, and features a key speaker/presentation relevant to the theme of underage alcohol and drug use.
    • The event gives teens the opportunity hear meaningful and relevant information and then come together in smaller groups to dialogue and share their thoughts, experiences and opinions with one another in a safe, open environment.
    • CHOICES 2014, featured the 48th District Court; with the Honorable Diane D'Agostini, and personal testimonials from Prosecuting Attorney Mary Kucharek, former YAB student leader Kaitlyn Krizanik, and former Andover High School student Ben Emerling.     


Community/Parent Appeal - Youth Action Board Letter To Parents
Participating Schools
The YAB represents high schools in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills school districts:

Academy of the Sacred Heart
Bloomfield Hills High School
Brother Rice
Detroit Country Day
International Academy
Lincoln Hills Alternative


Meet Our 2017-18 YAB Leaders:

Student Chairman:
Stephanie Green, Senior, Groves HS

Kristen Harvey, Senior, Groves HS
Laurel Lynglkip, Senior, DCD

Tyler Claxton, Senior, BHHS
Vincent Jackson, Senior, Groves HS

Director of Community Outreach:
Tasnia Hossain, Junior Groves HS

Director of Fundraising:
Camille Rochaix, Senior, Groves HS


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