Youth Spotlight: Andrea Marquez

CADCA Youth Trainer, Andrea Marquez, graduated this May from Occidental College with a major in Latin American studies and a double minor in history and education. This fall, she will pursue a master’s degree in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan. In this blog post, she reflects on her journey as a youth trainer and prevention advocate, and how her experiences have led to her passion for educational equity and social transformation.

Youth Spotlight: Jabeen Sheikh

Jabeen Sheikh, member of the Youth Leadership Council for Community in Crisis (CIC) and CADCA’s National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC), will graduate from Ridge High School this June, and in 2023 will transfer to Cornell University on the pre-med track.

Youth Spotlight: Jaleyna Lawes

Jaleyna Lawes, member of CADCA’s National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC), will graduate this June from Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. This upcoming fall, Jaleyna will attend Yale University to study the History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. In this blog post, she shares how she was first introduced to the prevention field, her experience as an NYAC member and her future aspirations.

Youth Spotlight: Yurimar Santiago

Yurimar Santiago, a CADCA Youth Trainer, will graduate this June with a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. In this blog post, Yurimar shares her journey in the prevention field, her future goals and how the two intersect.

NCA Reflections: The Final Stretch

This past October, Natalie Kulick, CADCA’s Communications Associate, had the opportunity to virtually attend Week Three of training at CADCA’s National Coalition Academy (NCA). She recounts her experience here:

NCA Reflections: Putting Knowledge into Practice

Last month, Natalie Kulick, CADCA’s Communications Associate, had the opportunity to virtually attend the second week of training at CADCA’s National Coalition Academy (NCA). She reflects on her experience here:

NCA Reflections: An Introduction to Prevention

Last month, Natalie Kulick, CADCA’s Communications Associate, had the opportunity to virtually attend the first week of training at CADCA’s National Coalition Academy (NCA) with the Tennessee cohort. She reflects on her experience here:

Introducing CADCA's New Chief of Staff, Valentino Murphy

Last month, Valentino Murphy joined CADCA in a newly added role as Chief of Staff. He brings with him extensive experience and operational skills with an HR touch.

Previously, Valentino worked for 14 years in retail operation before transitioning his career into Human Resources, where he amassed an additional 18 years of experience across industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace, oil and gas and more.

CADCA's Master Trainer Dorothy Chaney Shares her Perspective on Mid-Year

Being a Master Trainer with CADCA is an incredible opportunity. While I have worked in this field for more than twenty years, working with CADCA is the highlight of my career. Over the past seven years, I have had the opportunity to travel to every corner of this country and see the amazing work being done by people who love their communities and are committed to the development of strong, healthy youth. I have also had the opportunity to work internationally and experience the fact that CADCA is leading a global movement to reduce and prevent the impact of substance use and misuse.

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