Below are abstracts regarding the LEAD Initiative including links to the full article.


Standardizing and evaluating the "presenter" Variable in the Peer vs. Adult Debate in Youth Drug Prevention Research
Abstract: A “train the trainer” workshop was developed to evaluate and enhance presentational skills and offered to 14 youth in grades 6-12 and 9 administrators from youth-focused community agencies in Indiana. Upon workshop completion, 7 youth and 6 adults functioned as presenters of a 1 1/2–hour module on refusal and resistance skills to 95 youth enrolled in after-school programs. Attendees completed a 5-item survey of perceived training effectiveness, and 12-item measure of perceived trainer effectiveness. Findings indicated: (1) Both youth and adult train-the-trainer workshop participants demonstrated significant presentational competence gains and (2) trained presenters (both peer and adult) using standardized materials and delivery received consistently favorable evaluations. Access the entire article here.