Champions for a Drug-Free Grant County HONORED AT CADCA’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM
Williamstown, KY – On Feb. 6, the Champions for a Drug-Free Grant County was one of 160 community coalitions honored during a graduation ceremony at CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) National Leadership Forum, just outside of Washington, D.C. The coalitions received a graduation certificate for completing CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, a rigorous training program designed to increase the effectiveness of community drug prevention leaders.
“We are so proud of our coalition for investing the time and resources to take advantage of the best community coalition training in the world. To graduate from this year-long intensive course is no small feat and Champions for a Drug-Free Grant County is more prepared today to be an effective, sustainable coalition because of this training,” said Camille Croweak, Project Coordinator. “We look forward to applying our knowledge and strategies to ensure the youth in our community live drug free.”
The coalition recently worked on Project Sticker Shock with local alcohol retailers, Tobacco Compliance Checks with local tobacco retailers, and the implementation of Sources of Strength in both school districts within the county. The coalition has also partnered with the Grant County Drug Task Force to provide education to local faith leaders and community members through our Faith to Stand events. We have also worked closely with city officials to focus on alcohol policies at community festivals to keep our underage youth safe and alcohol-free.
CADCA’s National Coalition Academy (NCA) is a comprehensive, year-long training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute. The NCA incorporates three, week-long classroom sessions, a web-based distance learning component, an online workstation where participants network and share planning products and free ongoing coalition development technical assistance. To graduate, coalitions must complete a rigorous curriculum. They must participate in all components of the NCA and complete five essential planning products that serve as the foundation of their comprehensive plan for community change.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to address substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers. The Forum brings together approximately 3,000 attendees representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders. It is the largest training event for the prevention field.
Vision: Grant County will be a united community that supports safe, healthy, and active youth and families for generations and beyond.
Mission: Champions for a Drug Free Grant County works with the community to reduce and prevent substance use and violence among youth, their families, and those in future generations.
The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is accomplished by providing coalition development assistance and training, public policy advocacy, special events, media strategies and marketing programs.