The Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI)- Youth National Opioid and Wellness (YNOW) Task Force

January 2024

OAYI was established to support integrated and comprehensive intervention, prevention, and treatment services for youth and families who have been impacted by opioid and other substance use disorders (SUDs).


The purpose of the YNOW Task Force is to create collaborative opportunities and strategic partnerships among emerging leaders and key stakeholders; inform strategies for successful engagement in local communities; and empower youth with lived experiences to lead sustainable efforts toward stigma reduction through advocacy and action.


The YNOW Task Force reflects the voices and perspectives of youth representing diverse communities and promotes the development of a support network among young people with shared experiences that will help cultivate an advanced understanding of the impact of opioids and SUDs on youth and families.


Eligibility Requirements 

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 24.
  • Have at least one of the following lived experiences:
    • Currently live or have lived in an opioid-impacted community
    • Personal SUD
    • Juvenile or criminal justice involvement
    • Friend or family member (parent, sibling, or close friend) with SUD, in treatment, or in recovery
    • Child welfare involvement


Find more information about the YNOW Task Force, its requirements, activity schedule, and how to apply in this flyer. Share it with the young change makers you know! Applications are due by Friday, February 16th.