Project Amp

Research shows that delaying and preventing alcohol and other drug use in adolescence can reduce risk of substance use later in life and prevent physical, educational, and developmental risk factors. Developed by C4 and Young People in Recovery (YPR) with grant support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Project Amp pairs youth with young adults in recovery for brief mentorship that enhances resiliency and prevents alcohol and other drug use.

Adolescents are screened for substance use in a range of health care and school-based settings through the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) public health framework. Adolescents who screen at low to moderate risk are invited to participate in Project Amp’s brief intervention where they are paired with young adult mentors with lived experiences of substance use recovery to:

    • Explore the adolescent’s strengths, interests, and personal goals.
    • Enhance self-efficacy to achieve goals.
    • Focus on wellness and resiliency.
    • Facilitate connections with age-appropriate community resources and positive social networks.

What we learned while piloting Project Amp:

Implementing a Young Adult Peer-Delivered Brief Intervention

Brief Intervention for Adolescents At Risk of Substance Use: Outcomes from a Pilot Study

Valuable Roles for Young Adult Peers in Prevention & Early Intervention

Brief Mentorship Intervention to Prevent Alcohol & Other Drug Use by Adolescents: 15-min podcast episode

Visit projectamp4youth.com to learn more.

Contact a member of the Project Amp team.

Meet the Amp Team

Paquette Kristen Paquette, M.P.H.,
Project Director
Laura Winn Laura Winn, M.A., Deputy Director
Rosie Donegan, M.A., Research Assistant
Ferreira Kathleen Ferreira, Ph.D.,
Director of Research and Evaluation

Greene Neil Greene, M.A.,
Associate

Wilkey Catriona Wilkey, M.P.H., M.S.W., Deputy Director

Why Become a Project Amp Mentor?

Amp Resources

Why Project Amp?

Watch more videos on Project Amp’s YouTube Channel.

Bring Project Amp to Your Community

Project Amp pairs youth with young adults in recovery for brief mentorship that enhances resiliency and prevents alcohol and other drug use.

Visit projectamp4youth.com to learn more.

Mentor Experiences

Hear about Andy Matthews’ experiences as a Project Amp mentor in Philadelphia during this 20-minute podcast from t3.

Read reflections on being a Project Amp mentor.

Tips for Working with Youth to Prevent Substance Use

Watch 3 short videos on talking about alcohol & other drugs, building rapport, and using positive use youth development approaches.

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