US General William W. Crouch Visits ICAN and Attends CCYSA Meeting

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.