Rock Solid Youth presents at National Leadership Forum in DC

Friday Harbor High School student and San Juan Island Prevention Coalition member Zach Fincher will be presenting at CADCA’s 28th National Leadership Forum, the nation’s premier and largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, and SAMHSA’s 14th Prevention Day. Held Feb. 5-8, 2018 in National Harbor, MD, the CADCA Forum brings together nearly 3,000 local, state and national experts in the drug prevention and treatment fields.

Fincher's training session, entitled “Rock Solid Youth Rocks!”, is one of more than 70 in-depth training sessions offered at the CADCA Forum. He will be presenting this course as he shares his experiences with prevention projects he’s led and the training opportunities he’s learned from since 2011, culminating this year, in his team Rock Solid winning the Grand Prize honors at the WA. State Spring Youth Forum.

Youth Leadership Training opportunities have been the cornerstone of our San Juan Island Prevention Coalition, investing in youth leadership skill-building events has been pivotal in gaining youth support and involvement. San Juan Island Prevention Coalition adopts the philosophy of “Youth-Led, Adult Guided,” an NYLI motto. Youth want to help, but often don’t know the resources available or lack the skills to move forward. Fincher will discuss how we keep engaging our youth and giving them a voice at the table, but more importantly, in their community, while helping them to leverage their power in implementing the seven strategies to affect community change.

Also, other Rock Solid members: Chiara Power, Luke Fincher, along with chaperone, Penelope Haskew and Rock Solid Team Advisor Debbi Fincher will be attending the Forum as part of the team’s Grand Prize at the WA. State Spring Youth Forum. Attending the National Leadership Forum as a team, they can harness their new skills and knowledge of the latest strategies to fight substance abuse as they hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers, which they can share with our community upon their return. Rock Solid is grateful to be included in this one-of-a-kind event.

For details about the CADCA Forum, including training session descriptions, speaker information, and more, visit The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition is a member of CADCA. 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.

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