Rural Program

Youth Action Leadership Academy

Started in 2014, the Youth Action Leadership Academy (YALA!) is a primary prevention program wherein rural high school age students in central New Mexico and adult liaisons will be trained in peer-to-peer prevention strategies related to teen dating violence and healthy relationships. As trained Peer Leaders, the youth participants will collectively implement an action project aimed at educating their peers on a topic connected to teenage relationships that they feel is most relevant to their community.

Unit 1: The Basics of Primary Prevention
  • Youth Leaders will learn the importance of peer-to-peer prevention strategies in rural communities
Unit 2: Understanding Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
  • Youth Leaders will learn essential information and become experts on the elements of healthy and unhealthy relationships
Unit 3: Peer-Led Project Planning
  • Youth Leaders will plan a peer-to-peer action project that they will collectively implement in their community

*These programs are evaluated and supported by the Department of Health Office of Injury Prevention. If you are interested in scheduling our YALA! program, please contact send a request form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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