CAYAD is a primary prevention approach that aims to reduce harm to young people and families/whānau from illicit drugs and alcohol abuse.  
CAYAD uses a community action approach. The focus of community action is working with people that can influence positive change at the community level.  For example, this includes changing polices and practices in sports clubs, Marae, Schools, Councils, Community Organisations, Government Agencies, Youth Groups, etc


*  Increased informed community discussion and debate about issues related to illicit drugs
*  Effective policies and practices to reduce harm adopted

*  Increased local capacity to support young people in education, employment and recreation

*  Reduced supply of drugs to young people



Community action is a strategy for creating community based change towards social and environmental policy objectives

The Community Action Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) work is informed by evidence including local, cultural and academic knowledge and includes a major focus on developing and mobilising local capacity, capability and leadership to better utilise existing resources.


CAYAD kaimahi (coordinators) facilitate effective collaboration between people and organisations identified for their ability to influence positive change at the community level. 


They know what is happening at the grassroots and enable effective collaboration among key stakeholders on strategies to tangibly reduce alcohol and other drug related harm, for example, developing effective policies and practices in  local Sports Clubs, Councils, Schools, Community Organisations, Marae, Youth Groups etc.


CAYAD Kaimahi (coordinators) also provide information to communities and support them to have their say e.g. in national alcohol or other drug policy processes. 


The Community Action Youth and Drugs Success Stories will give you a good idea of the work of CAYAD practitioners around the country.