Making a difference through shared knowledge and action is essential! Too often, children and youth have been overlooked in the wake of America’s substance use crisis. United for Youth: Creating a path forward for children, youth and families impacted by substance use is funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and operated by JBS International, Inc. This site highlights awareness of the stress and trauma children face and offers resources, best practice tools and effective interventions. 
Our aim is to:

  • Offer up-to-date information readily available for use.
  • Ensure that the public, professionals and parents/caregivers alike learn about the ground-breaking work underway across our country.
  • Fuel collaboration and cross-sector engagement by highlighting vital work across partner organizations. 
  • Encourage actions and share success stories that make a real difference for children and youth. 

United for Youth offers a unique and necessary perspective on the substance abuse crisis in our nation. While treatment and support for those with substance use disorders is critical, we cannot forget the children and families. Many years of practice and research tell us that there are family and environmental factors that can either protect us or cause us to be at risk1 for future substance use disorders2. We also know that some of these risk factors, like adverse childhood experiences start early in life. United for Youth helps inform the public about information and practices that support children who are impacted by substance use.  The preventions and treatments are not the same for children as they are for adults.  Children grow, learn and develop in the context of relationships with adults in their lives. This complex interplay between individual development, relationships and the environment means that the solutions are often multifaceted and multigenerational. United for Youth seeks to provide up to date information about what is working, who can help make it work for your community, and hope through stories of success and healing.

  • 1. Dube, S. R., Felitti, V. J., Dong, M., Chapman, D. P., Giles, W. H., & Anda, R. F. (2003). Childhood abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction and the risk of illicit drug use: the adverse childhood experiences study. Pediatrics, 111(3), 564-572.
  • 2. Mennis, J., Stahler, G. J., & Mason, M. J. (2016). Risky Substance Use Environments and Addiction: A New Frontier for Environmental Justice Research. International journal of environmental research and public health, 13(6), 607. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13060607.