Our nation is in the midst of a substance use crisis unlike anything in our history. Our best and brightest hope for addressing these challenges are today’s youth. Their perspective, intelligence, drive and creativity bring us hope for tomorrow.
So You Want to Build a Youth Coalition is a course that is designed to provide step by step instruction on how develop a Youth Coalition. Whether you are at the beginning, middle or advanced stages of development this course has something for everyone! With decades of prevention experience and a successful award winning Youth Coalition, your instructors can help move your work forward!

So You Want to Build a Youth Coalition...

This course is designed to provide step by step instruction on how develop a Youth Coalition. 

Technical Assistance

Do you need clarification or guidance? TA includes one on one time with Beth and/or Virgil to further develop your individual coalition.


Virgil Boysaw

Virgil Boysaw, Jr., serves as the Cecil County Drug Free Coordinator for the Cecil County Health Department.Virgil holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Bowie State University. Virgil previously served as the Prevention Services Program Manager for the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration and Program Supervisor for the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. 
Virgil was the National Prevention Network representative for the State of Maryland, served on the Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) on Excessive Alcohol Use (EAU) Project, and is currently a member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Advisory Committee; and a Prevention Consultant for the State Targeted Response-Technical Assistance Consortium (STR-TA). Recently, Virgil has been appointed by Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan to the Advisory Council on Youth Camp Safety.

Beth Creek

Beth Creek is the Executive Director of Youth Empowerment Source, known locally as YES. Working with more than 2,000 youth annually, YES has designed intervention and prevention programs to meet the specific needs of at-risk children, youth and families in Cecil County, Md. A former classroom teacher, curriculum developer and accomplished trainer/speaker, she has devoted much of the past decade to prevention. Beth also serves in leadership roles with several local coalitions focused on preventing underage drinking/substance use, and is the immediate past chairman of Drug Free Cecil.