Leadership Foundations is a national organization that works with local leaders to address the most pressing issues in their communities. A key component of Leadership Foundations is its youth mentoring program. Since 2015, Leadership Foundations has provided more than 10,000 youths with caring and consistent mentors in more than 30 cities in the United States and around the world.
As a multi-state organization with a real diversity of capacity, Leadership Foundations had an immediate need for training mentors about opioids, specifically, and substance misuse, more generally. They wanted to provide mentors with an orientation to what opioids are and how people become addicted to them, the effect of opioids and substance misuse on the lives of youth, and specific strategies they may use to support their mentees who may be impacted by substance misuse. The training needed to be extensive, consistent, accessible, and obtainable at a reasonable cost.
Leadership Foundations required a solution that would satisfy the guidelines of their Office of Juvenile Justine and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant. OJJDP has awarded grants to youth mentoring programs so they could target the issue more directly in communities, especially those hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.