08/04/2011: "Let the Training Begin"
(Teddy McCullough observes training -Cynthia Stark-Wickman photo)
By Debbi Fincher
Recently, members of the San Juan County Youth Council represented our San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and Lopez Island Prevention Coalition this team of youth made the commitment to participate in a weeks long training with nearly 80 other Prevention Coalitions from across the US and 8 International Coalitions joined in
In fact, our team had the pleasure of including a student from Brazil, who also made the journey to Anaheim to join this CADCA (Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America) sponsored event. It takes just one to start a movement for change.
Our youth learned valuable skills and gained confidence that they can use to bring real change at the community level on issues that affect them directly. Substance abuse issues have been a main focus for our Prevention Coalitions, but we also understand that we need to support our youth in all areas of their life. Through Leadership Training programs such as this one, our youth feel empowered to get involved and really effect change among their peers and our community. These kids are great role models for all of us!
I asked Teddy McCullough, recent Lopez graduate and founder of the San Juan County Youth Council, Brett Paul and Sam Waite, both entering their Junior year at FHHS, and co-chairs of HOTS, “What do you need from your community to succeed?” They all commented on the value of guidance from their community members and shared resources. They have the drive and desire but could use our help to implement their goals for positive change in the community.
The good news is they want to do it, but need a little assistance to get things started. Can you help? Contact our Prevention Coalitions on San Juan Island 378-9683 or Lopez Island 468-3770. Thank You!