Using surveys, our youth tell us what they expect from us and how we've delivered. Check out below what our participant leaders are saying about the difference CGTI has made for them.

Positive Core Values

Overall, CGTI participants have expressed that they felt a strong sense of self, purpose, and a commitment to helping themselves and others, with a significant change in attitude before and after CGTI.

Owning your Confidence

CGTI participants show an increased belief in their ability to problem solve, complete tasks, talk about critical topics with others and try new things after attending CGTI events. 47% of CGTI particpants leaving CGTI are more confident.

Understanding Others

A majority of participants expressed that the highlight of CGTI was meeting new people. Futhermore, attendees showed they are more comfortable interacting with peers of different backgrounds and have the ability/desire to understand others' life experiences.

Creating Positive Change

80% of attendees did not know about action planning before attending CGTI. This number decreased to 3-7%, with 24-31% of students saying their action plans would focus on Operation Snowball events, year-round activities and community engagement.

Making Healthy Decisions

21% of participants left CGTI with an ATOD-related action plan, including drunk driving prevention, vaping prevention, and middle school prevention education. Overall attendees show an increased ability to talk to peers about ATOD use and to not partake in any substances themselves.

Experience and the Impact of CGTI

CGTI prepares youth for the future, higher education, employment and more!


The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute In-Person Event qualifies as 44 hours of community and volunteer service! These hours are great for meeting organization & club requirements as well as building resumes and college applications.


Speaking of resumes and applications, here are just some of the skills youth will leave our conference with:

  • Leadership
  • Facilitation
  • Communications & Networking
  • Goal Setting
  • Cultural Competency
  • Strategic Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Critical Thinking & Decision Making

Youth will specifically learn about:

  • Alcohol & Drug Prevention Programming
  • The Strategic Prevention Framework
  • Mental Health Awareness & Understanding
  • Bullying Awareness
  • Healthy Decision Making
  • Team Building and Group Dymnamics
  • Promoting Positivity, Self-Love & Confidence
  • Creating an Impact, Advocacy & Activism


Youth will have the chance to train and work with keynote and workshop speakers covering a range of topics including prevention, mental health, leadership, career and college prep, and more! Throughout the year, more virtual trainings will be available for free to our teams and individuals.

In person in the future, we hope to continue offereing Mental Health First Aid Certifications to both our teens and adult volunteers.


Overall, youth will leave this conference with opportunities, ideas, data, and concrete steps to take that will benefit them in the future.

CGTI offers students the chance to build up their personal toolboxes with skills, information, support systems and more that will encourage and allow them to grow individually within their school, with their communities and toward the future paths they want to follow.

CGTI serves as a foundation and building block for youth looking to set and achieve goals and make a difference.