Representatives from the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) just returned from Orlando, Florida where they joined nearly 2,000 substance use prevention and treatment specialists from around the world for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 17th annual Mid-Year Training Institute.The week-long training, held at the Gaylord Palms, taught participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health challenges – drug use. CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is a one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity, offering more than 95 ninety-minute and half-day courses geared towards helping participants find solutions to their community’s toughest substance use problems.
Two of the coalition’s youth members participated in CADCA’s Youth Leadership training at the event to help them become strong community leaders and change agents.
“I enjoyed meeting youth from all over the country and hearing about the issues in their communities” said Aidan Thurston, a local rising ninth grader that attended the training.
Image 1 from left to right: Aidan Thurston and Gabriel Grover at the CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute in Orlando, Florida.
Image 2 from left to right: Aidan Thurston and Gabriel Grover examine local youth substance use data to create a picture of underage drinking in Schuyler County at the CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute.