ADAPAO Youth Prevention Award 2021 Recipient: Carly Sells

Posted on: June 7, 2021 10:00 am

Carly Sells is one of two recipients of the 2021 ADAPAO Youth Advocate Award, presented to a teen who is a prevention advocate and role model to their peers.

Carly just graduated from Teays Valley High School in Pickaway County and is a longtime member of Youth to Youth. Her engagement in Youth to Youth began in middle school and increased significantly during her high school years. Carly has dedicated well over 400 volunteer hours to Youth to Youth as a high schooler.

Carly has embraced the opportunity and responsibility of being a role model and prevention advocate. She has staffed Youth to Youth middle school camps and summer conferences, facilitating small groups discussions, leading activities, presenting skits, among other youth staff responsibilities. She also embraces the smaller, more intangible tasks that make camp and conference participants feel welcome and included.

Despite her tremendous work with youth who attend Youth to Youth events, Carly’s strongest role modeling and advocacy may be among her youth-led prevention leadership peers. Carly is an active member of the Youth Advisory Board and a top leader within the Pulse of Youth to Youth speakers’ bureau, demonstrating through her unflagging commitment in intention and in practice that the work of prevention and leadership is important.

Throughout the myriad meetings, speaking engagements, conferences, and events at which Carly has been a prevention advocate throughout the years, her positive attitude and contagious energy have inspired innumerable young people – and adults, as well.

Carly has been a reliable standard-bearer for youth-led prevention throughout her high school career, creating welcoming environments, fulfilling her multiple responsibilities, and effortlessly exemplifying why prevention works.

As a terrific role model and advocate for prevention, Carly Sells is a well-deserving recipient of the 2021 ADAPAO Youth Advocate Award.