To provide community programs, ICAN partners with the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA). CCYSA strives to prevent youth substance abuse in Chandler through a variety of evidence-based programs designed to increase knowledge of youth substance abuse, promote social responsibility, and spur community action. Serving the 85225 zip code in Chandler, CCYSA has made great strides in bringing out positive results within the community. The vision is that Chandler will be a safe and healthy, drug-free community where opportunities exist for youth to achieve their full potential. The need is great for community awareness programs like those CCYSA provides in ICAN’s service area. The annual ICAN Community Needs Assessment and the most recent Arizona Youth Survey identified parties as the number 1 source of alcohol for underage youth in the 85225 zip code. Because of the harmful effects underage drinking has on our community, CCYSA, in collaboration with the Chandler Police Department, has a strategy known as Party Patrol to stop the problem at the source. CCYSA provides resources to the Chandler Police Department to execute Party Patrols on strategic dates (based on intelligence data and reports). These are often times when underage drinking may be more likely to happen, like holidays, football games, etc. With the resources provided by CCYSA, the Police Department focuses on enforcing underage drinking laws and shutting down parties where there is underage drinking. The police make citations to youth and adults in violation of the law as well—consequences that will deter underage drinking laws from being broken in the future. This is just one initiative that the CCYSA has in place; to learn more and get involved in helping prevent youth substance abuse in the Chandler community, visit the CCYSA website at ccysachandler.org – Join our Peer Leadership program as a youth or adult, attend a monthly CCYSA meeting and many more opportunities are available! Guest blog post by Billy Hood, ICAN’s Community Programs Coordinator – Contact him at 480.821.4207 (x414) or firstname.lastname@example.org
This Saturday, September 22, 2012, the Chandler Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) will host its first ever “Teen Summit” at ICAN! The Teen Summit is a free event open to any teens, no matter if where they live and affiliation with ICAN or CCYSA. Nationally recognized guest speaker, Calvin Terrell will address the group on the affects of substance abuse on ones self and their community beginning at 9am. Break out sessions with community leaders from Chandler Police Department and MADD will take part immediately following the guest speaker. Lunch will be served at 12:30 followed by a car show, info booths, prizes and music from 101.5 Jamz DJs. Guest speaker Calvin Terrell is founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric; an organization he designed to provide education and training for all ages to enhance human interactions and global progress. He is a former Assistant Director of the National Conference for Community Justice/Anytown USA Arizona Region. He has taught for Upward Bound at Arizona State University and the Arizona National Guard’s Freedom Academy. For more than twenty years, Calvin has lectured, trained, and lead comprehensive workshops for valuing diversity, equity, and justice building in schools, corporations, and civic organizations for thousands of adults, children, and youth throughout the United States. For more information, contact ICAN Teen Programs Coordinator, Bryan, at 480.821.4207 or email@example.com
The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) held their strategic planning meeting yesterday (Tuesday, March 20, 2012) at ICAN that included retired US General William W. Crouch in attendance. General Crouch was representing as a board of directors member for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). The meeting included ICAN’s Peer Leaders who shared real problems with local youth on substance abuse to demonstrate the need for the CCYSA in our community. General Crouch took a tour of ICAN and met some of the youth, listening to their stories and encouraging them to continue sharing and making their voice heard. ICAN’s Director of Programs, John Hamilton, facilitated the tour, “General Crouch wanted to visit a coalition in the Phoenix area that’s doing well to observe, and it’s an honor to hear the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse was so highly regarded by the CADCA.” In February, the CCYSA graduated from CADCA’s National Coalition Academy which is held annually in Maryland. The National Coalition Academy is a comprehensive training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute. Coalitions participating in the academy learn about creating and maintaining partnerships, sustainability, cultural competence, assessment, prevention planning and implementation and evaluation to establish or maintain a highly effective anti-drug coalition. General William Crouch is a retired United States Army four star general, and former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
Our guest blogger for the month is ICAN’s Family & Community Programs Manager, Ixtchell Ledesma, who coordinates activities for the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse to help prevent youth substance abuse within Chandler Arizona. Every year the U.S spends $180 billion on the negative effects that illegal drugs have on the mind and body but also on the production, sale, and use. The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) is organizing residents, parents, and teens to take back our streets. This past year Chandler was able to successfully remove 300 pounds of Marijuana from our community. Furthermore, over 400 residents were educated on the laws and harms of underage drinking. The CCYSA is excited to announce that a community website has been launched to help parents, teens, and community residents learn about the myths and realities of substance abuse. The website will provide Teens with opportunities for involvement and launch them into a Peer Leadership group that take pride in reducing the access and availability of drugs in their community. The Teen program meets on a daily basis learning the fundamentals of what it means to be an active participant in the Chandler community. Parents and community residents will learn about the tell signs of use resources for individuals seeking treatment and counseling. Lastly, the website will provide areas for involvement and strategies being practiced and implemented by Chandler residents to maintain safe and drug free neighborhoods. Visit our website to become involved and learn more about what you can do to stop illegal drug use in your community www.ccysachandler.org