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Thursday, May 6, 2010

CADCA Ambassador Program for Young Adults

There are many groups and organizations around the world that are dedicated to the education and prevention of substance abuse. One such group is the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), since 1992 it has trained local grassroots organizations - anti-drug coalitions. There are over 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions in the country that are assisted by the CADCA, teaching them "effective community problem-solving strategies" as well as methods for how to "assess their local substance abuse-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to address them". The CADCA recognized that the grassroots organizations that they help lack the proper amount of coalition leaders, which is why they designed the Ambassador Program - an initiative to help increase the number of young adult coalition workforce leaders in the coalition field.

The CADCA will select 15 young adults to be involved in the program, the chosen will serve for a period of up to two years; if you are between the ages of 18-30 this is the perfect opportunity for those people interested in the community coalition field as a career. "CADCA translates what we learn from coalitions to bring innovative programs and products to increase knowledge and capacity of prevention coalitions. When poverty and substance abuse data are translated they become the faces of real people - our neighbors, family members and friends from rural, urban areas and reservations across the country", said Janine Payne, MPH. Payne said that the Ambassador Program is the result of conducting assessments with coalitions and identifying areas where strong community coalition leaders are needed most.

There are many parts of the world that do not have the resources or the man power to educate effectively regarding the perils of drugs and alcohol. Outreach programs, organizations like the CADCA, attempt to help people help themselves; teaching the necessary skills for people to start local coalitions in areas strangled by drug addiction in order to create safer environments.

"The program will accept applications from nominees recruited from substance abuse prevention coalitions and those that address conditions associated with the use of substances. Each will receive extensive training at no cost to his/her related community coalition. Program enrollment priority will be given to coalitions located in areas in which 20 percent or more of the children are living in a household below the poverty line, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The deadline is May 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST".

CADCA Ambassador Program for Young Adults Application.

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