Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Ensuring the Well-Being of Boys and Young Men of Color

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has published several resources to prevent substance use and misuse among boys and young men of color. The first tool reviews the literature and identifies (1) factors that have been shown to either protect boys and young men of color from substance misuse or to mitigate risks associated with adverse experiences or situations, and (2) factors that have been shown to promote well-being and positive youth development for boys and young men of color in the U.S.

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The second tool highlights evidence-based programs and strategies that have been effective in preventing substance use and misuse among boys and young men of color, summarizing interventions that help young people develop social skills, civic and cultural competencies, positive attitudes toward community, and a strong sense of identity.

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A final tool compiles national, state, and local sources for data on substance use and misuse among boys and young men of color.

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