OSWEGO — Oswego County Youth Creating Change Coalition members, Rhuma Khawaja and Avery Oaks, have been selected to attend the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Leadership Forum.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a 4-day conference with multiple youth-oriented opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance misuse and hear from nationally-known experts and policymakers with a full day dedicated to Capitol Hill events. Youth attending will meet with Congressman John Katko and other Capital Hill representatives.
The Forum is held in the Washington, DC area and brings together more than 2,700 participants representing community anti-drug coalitions, government leaders, youth, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, youth and faith-based leaders.
The youth will attend the conference with Prevention Coalition Project Coordinator, Tyler Ahart and Youth Coalition Leader, Dariel Summer.
“It is a great opportunity for a Community Coalition be in a position to send youth to a national conference where there will learn leadership skills, and then they’ll return and use those skills to create change in their hometowns. Substance abuse and misuse remains prevalent in Oswego County. Investing in our youth can prepare them to face these challenges can ultimately lead to long term change,” said Project Coordinator Tyler Ahart.
The Youth Creating Change Coalition is a youth-led coalition that promotes youth community involvement abasing substance abuse. For more information on how youth can get involved with the Youth Coalition, contact 315-342-4489 ext. 2400 for more information.