ST. GEORGE, UT – Youth representatives from the Washington County Youth Coalition (WCYC) are headed to Washington, D.C. next week for the 26th Annual National Leadership Forum for CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America). They will join over 2,500 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from around the country for leadership training and education.
“We are so excited to be able to spend several days with other youth, learning and honing our prevention skills,” says Jarom Price, youth advocate from Pine View High School. “We want our community to be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse.”
Other WCYC members attending the training will be Emma Marchant, Ashley Bang, Allie Sullivan, Matt Jensen, and Kyle Boatright. The WCYC’s recent work in Washington County includes encouraging restrictions on smoke shops with city governments, providing quit-smoking resources to the homeless shelter, and working on e-cigarette education in the community.
During the CADCA forum, they will be trained on a wide range of topics, including prescription drug abuse prevention, synthetic drugs and marijuana abuse, creating tobacco-free environments, and developing policies to reduce underage and excessive drinking.
The students will hear from Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY), and will have the chance to meet with other U.S. representatives and senators on Capitol Hill.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is the nation’s largest training conference for community prevention leaders (forum.cadca.org). More information about the WCYC can be found on their Facebook page (waschcoyouth).
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