YR Leadership Institute started as a summer week-long training and is growing into a year-long program to instill life, leadership, and employable skills among youth ages 11-18. During our first cohort, some of our youth leaders worked their way to Washington D.C., with the support from community partners. They spent a week with other young change-agents across the country at the National Leadership & Prevention Forum where they learned how to help prevent substance abuse and improve mental health in their community.