NEW BRITAIN – The Local Youth Prevention Council of New Britain was honored by a national anti-drug coalition after completing a rigorous training program.
The council was honored during a graduation ceremony at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 32nd Annual National Leadership Forum.
The Local Youth Prevention Council of New Britain (LPC) was one of 177 community coalitions that received a graduation certificate for completing CADCA’s National Coalition Academy. The training program teaches community coalitions to increase the effectiveness of its prevention leaders.
Mayor Erin Stewart praised the group for their efforts in combating substance use and misuse in the community.
“The city’s Local Prevention Council is a critical piece of our efforts to prevent our residents from falling prey to drugs, alcohol and addiction,” Stewart said. “I am proud of our LPC members for completing this intensive training and becoming better equipped to curb substance abuse within their own community.”
New Britain LPC is a subset of New Britain Recovers, an initiative that provides resources and care and connects individuals in a stigma-free manner. The council ensures all youth are prepared to be positive contributing community members and promotes wellness through education, advocacy, collaboration and implementing strategies. Youth Leadership Council member Daniel Senior completed the CADA program and was one of the council members who graduated from the National Coalition Academy (NCA).
“My time at CADCA consisted of an unforgettable experience to which I learned information that will better not only myself, but the community and society I contribute to on a daily basis,” Senior said. “I met so many wonderful people and learned so many wonderful things. Overall I do believe that my time at CADCA can greatly benefit our communities and the way we go on to handle substance misuse in my home town of New Britain.”
The NCA is a year-long training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute, which 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. Participants must have completed the rigorous curriculum in order to graduate.
The graduation took place at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, the largest training event for the prevention field. The four-day event had approximately 2,500 attendees representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from nationally prevention experts, federal administrators and concerned policymakers.
Youth Leadership Council member Malia Burgos said the CADA conference provided her with great information to incorporate into prevention work in my community.
“I was able to meet many more youth my age and exchange information about substance use prevention within our different communities. Overall, my time at the CADCA Forum left me with so many useful skills and tools for prevention work, and so many new friends to share the experience with,” Burgos said.