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The YPMP MBSAT (Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment) offered by the Black Youth Leadership Project (BYLP) in partnership with Continuity Consulting and the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is a vital initiative. It equips participants aged 12-26 with lifelong tools to cope with life challenges. With this program, BYLP aims to target the substance abuse epidemic in Sacramento County, with a targeted approach to focusing on transition age and justice system-impacted youth.

The YPMP addresses California's substance use crisis through key objectives:

Substance Use Education and Diverse Experiences: The program educates young adults throughout California about substance abuse, its consequences, and alternative coping mechanisms for life challenges. By exposing participants to diverse experiences, YPMP aims to broaden perspectives and empower informed choices regarding substance use.

Facilitating Entry into the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Field: Recognizing the value of individuals with lived experience, YPMP provides mentorship and support to help them enter the substance use disorder treatment field. This initiative aims to empower individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to make a positive impact.

Building Capacity through Community Partnerships: YPMP emphasizes collaboration and community engagement to address substance abuse. By partnering with various organizations and stakeholders, the program strengthens its impact. Mindfulness practices, including meditation, breathing exercises, open honest dialogue, vulnerability, and creating a safe environment, are integral to this approach.

Implementing YPMP MBSAT and fostering a supportive community environment, BYLP and its partners contribute significantly to combating substance abuse. We aspire to create a healthier future for young individuals in Sacramento County by providing essential tools for coping with life's challenges and promoting informed decision-making regarding substance use.
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