Young people need a lot of time and practice to gain adult skills such as self-management and making adult friendships. The transition from child to adult starts in middle school and is now known to last until age 26 or beyond. During this period, it’s normal for teens to question their values and sense of self and to explore new ideas, interests, and relationships. It is also common for teens to experience anxiety and depression, which can lead to coping through risky behaviors such as use of alcohol and other drugs. Teens who feel self-confident and engaged, have coping skills and resources to support them, have supportive adults around them, and have opportunities in their community are more successful. That's why our approach involves youth, parents and youth-serving adults, and the community at large.