What Happens at CGTI

The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI) is a youth leadership training program held at two conferences throughout the year; our week-long CGTI Conference in July and our weekend-long Mid-Year conference in January. These events promote positive change, healthy decision-making and leadership development. CGTI is one of the largest and most acclaimed leadership conferences in the nation!

CGTI is open to all students entering 7th - 12th grade in the upcoming school year and Mid-Year is open to all current 6th - 12th grade students. All participants above 12th grade are welcome to apply as Volunteer Staff.

Throughout both experiences, students will work to develop their leadership skills, learn about ATOD (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) prevention, mental health, inclusivity and other critical and relevant topics, meet and work with other youth leaders from across the state, and more. At the core of our conferences is our Action Planning. Participants will meet with other students from their geographic area to assess and address needs in their schools and communities and develop action plans to implement throughout the school year.

Using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), students will be able to create evidence-based and data-supported plans that create positive change and a lasting impact.

Participants should leave CGTI & Mid-Year with a toolbox of leadership, facilitation and communication skills as well as the knowledge, education and motivation to lead a healthy lifestyle, take healthy risks, prepare for their futures and be the catalysts for change wherever they go!

CGTI & Mid-Year offer the experience of a lifetime - A place for participants to create their sense of self, meet like-minded youth leaders and work in diverse settings, explore opportunities for growth, develop passions and have fun!