20th Annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner Youth Speakers
Stevi Johnson, 13, is of Absentee-Shawnee and Sac and Fox tribal lineage. She is the reigning 2017-2018 Jr. Miss Sac and Fox Nation princess of Oklahoma. Stevi attends Longfellow Middle School in Norman, Oklahoma and is in the Gifted and Talented Program, is President of the National Jr. Honor Society, is involved in community service, orchestra, track, cross-country, basketball, mountain bike racing and was recently awarded the 7th Generation Youth Advocate Award for the 2018 Oklahoma Tribal Public Health Conference.
In 2015, at the young age of 11 years old, Stevi began her youth advocacy work as the youngest Native American female to participate as trainer for (CADCA) Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Youth Leadership Initiative Training of Trainers. Stevi has been featured in the (MYDNA) My Drug Free Native America media campaign for prevention of substance abuse for the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe, has represented the Comanche Nation’s IAMNDN prevention program at CADCA, participated in pro-social activities for the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes “Tradition Not Addiction” prevention program, and has been featured in the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Newsletter where she shared her experience on the Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy’s visit to meet with native youth to discuss the use of American Indian culture as a substance abuse prevention method, and was asked to write a blog for CADCA’s website about her prevention experience. To become a youth trainer for CADCA, the age requirement is 13. But, due to Stevi’s heavy involvement in community and coalition work, Stevi was given special permission to start her training at 11 years old. Stevi is currently in Phase 4 of training and will graduate in Phase 5.
Curtis Mark, born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Orange New Jersey, has displayed a passion for helping individuals from a young age. Curtis has always been a proud advocate for promoting leadership in school and in his everyday activities. Joining the prevention field in 7th grade, Curtis has made countless contributions towards ending the alcohol and substance abuse issues in his community. Curtis alongside his coalition, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team, believes in centering their coalition work around a platform that gives youth the opportunity to voice their concerns. Since joining his coalition, Curtis has lead multiple sticker shock campaigns, community forums, and teaches the youth in his coalition about prevention strategies he learned through his involvement at CADCA. His leadership extends out of prevention work as he is his Varsity Volleyball Team’s Captain since his Sophomore year of high school. As well as being Vice President of his school’s student body and President of the National Beta Club Society. Curtis plans on collaborating with his coalition and his high school to recruit new members into his coalition. Curtis has also been awarded a $36,000 scholarship through the Cooperman Scholars program. Now a senior in high school, Curtis aspires to major in biology with a minor in psychology with the hopes of becoming a physician specializing in emergency medicine.