NATI Mission

Promote, support and advocate for programs that follow the teen institute model framework.


NATI Purpose

The National Association of Teen Institutes (NATI) is a coalition of prevention programs using the Teen Institute (TI) Model Framework to promote wellness through the development of positive life skills. Founded in 1985, NATI is a not-for-profit corporation that provides a network of support and ideas for existing programs as well as assistance and training for the development of new programs.

The Annual NATI Conference provides seminars on starting new programs by addressing issues such as program design, staff recruitment, funding, etc., and improving existing programs through sharing expertise on expansion, innovation of curriculum, and addressing current issues and concerns. The conference also provides TI graduates the opportunity to share their experiences first hand. This unique learning experience offers continued leadership training, reinforces the youth and adult partnership essential to successful TI programs, and builds the enthusiasm necessary to sustain prevention efforts at home.


NATI History

Each year since 1965, thousands of students and adults have gathered in communities and program sites throughout the United States to participate in a wellness/prevention program known as the Teen Institute. Beginning in 1984, prevention professionals from across the U.S. have been meeting to share their experiences and ideas on promoting the prevention programming embodied within the Teen Institute model.
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NATI board

Meet the Board of Directors

Sara Howe (P)
Immediate Past Board President
Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute

Kym Laube (P)
Board President
Long Island Teen Institute/HUGS

Nicole Rookey (P)
Board Vice President
Heart of New York Teen Institute

Mary Jo Davies (P)
Board Secretary
Operation Snowball, Inc.

Mary Kate Chapman (I)
Board Treasurer

Ron Jakubisin (I)
Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute

Youth Affairs Liaison

Kristi Townes(P)
Tennessee Teen Institute

IADDA (Administrative Officer)   


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