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CADCA Leadership Conference


Stephen Stavrou

         The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is an national organization that holds two conferences a year. One of those is the National Leadership Forum, at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland in February of every year. This year, the Teen Network Board, through the Drugs and Alcohol committee, organized teens to attend every day of this conference. 

        I entered the leadership conference with a basic understanding of how my own personal community was battling drug and alcohol abuse among minors, and by the end of the week I learned what society as a whole has done through the teamwork of many organizations and coalitions. I learned about how we could partner with other groups in our community to achieve our goal. This conference was inspirational and informational the entire time I was there.

         During my time at this conference, I attended a separate track of the conference, called the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI.) This track guided youth through using an Action Plan for an event to combat drug and alcohol use in their community. During this track, I learned about the growing problems of drug and alcohol abuse in society through presentations shown by youth just like us that had success with their plans. In addition, many different youth from all parts of the country collaborated to not only share their own communities' issues but to formulate plans and strategies to return to their communities with in order to curb drug and alcohol related issues in their own communities.
          CADCA not only served as a learning experience but also as a source of resolution and preparedness because of the in-depth action our youth segment devised in order to combat problems in our communities.


Posted: Mar 19, 2014 by Talbia Abdullah

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