About PLC


Each year since 1990, NCADA has hosted a Prevention Leadership Conference (PLC) to give area youth groups in grades 7-12 and their adult advisors the opportunity to learn more about drug and alcohol prevention, youth advocacy and the power of positive peer pressure.  With a healthy dose of inspiration, acceptance and connection, PLC challenges greater St. Louis area teens and leadership groups to embrace a healthy lifestyle and become the best role models they can while actively seeking ways to positively impact their schools and their communities.

PLC is an overnight conference which brings together 200 youth and adults from more than 50 metro St. Louis schools, area youth groups and organizations. Attendees participate in interactive workshops, are inspired by motivational speakers, and are challenged to engage in a variety of dynamic teen-led activities.

This year’s Conference “Expedition PREVENTION” will be held Friday, November 3 – Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Holiday Inn St. Louis – Route 66 in southwest St. Louis County, just 20 minutes from downtown attractions.

PLC2017 Expedition PREVENTION

At PLC2017 get ready to work together, play together and learn together as this year’s theme “Expedition PREVENTION” takes us to new understandings and new discoveries about ourselves, the world around us and this prevention journey that can be very challenging.

Nationally known keynote speakers and regional experts in the field of prevention will share their messages and knowledge in the areas of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and will help provide participants with tools and support to stay strong, focused, confident and resilient in their prevention expedition. Through enhanced leadership skills, PLC prepares students to not only make positive changes, but to be proud advocates of those changes.

Participating students and adults will choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions where they will learn strategies and tools for turning prevention ideas into practice. At the 2017 Prevention Leadership Conference you’ll embark on a journey of education and empowerment that will mobilize you to set and reach your individual and group prevention goals.

AT PLC, participants will learn to:

  • Develop skills that will help you be an advocate for positive change.
  • Become a part of a region-wide network of youth leaders.
  • Prevent alcohol and substance use.
  • Communicate more effectively in both small and large groups.
  • Create alternatives to the use of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Develop skills for problem solving and stress management.