2014 CADCA National Leadership Forum
BASE representatives Jim Brooks, Maissa Haegele, Aliye Gallagher, and Jen Braun attended the CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Maryland.
On day 1, Marissa and Aliye had their youth leadership orientation. Jim and Jen attended sessions on Rx misuse and prevention and underage drinking prevention. The highlight of the day was getting a personal tour by USA Today Editor-in-Chief David Callaway, of the USA Today news room!
Day 2 of the CADCA Leadership Forum was full of excitement. Marissa and Aliye attended sessions on how to be fierce and effective in tobacco control and media advocacy. Jim attended an informative series on changing conditions through public policy. Jen participated in sessions on working with other coalitions in our community and using the “Above the Influence” campaign to empower teens. We used our free time this evening to shuttle into DC, tour some of the monuments, stop at the White House and to attend the Washington Capital’s Game (NHL Hockey).
On the third day we all traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with our elected officials. We met with Representative Mark Pocan and Marissa and Aliye spoke about BASE’s year 1 accomplishments and Jim spoke about prevention funding. We, along with other Wisconsin coalition leaders, also met with representatives from Senator Baldwin and Senator Johnson’s office to advocate for all things prevention and leave information about BASE. Jim Brooks did an amazing job speaking about prevention funding and representing BASE and the Wisconsin Coalitions when we met with Senator Johnson’s rep. It was a great learning experience for the girls and they did a fantastic job representing BASE. We are are so proud to have such strong young leaders dedicated to BASE and our Evansville community.
Having youth, coalition members and staff attend trainings is a large part of BASE’s Action Plan and Budget. BASE believes in investing in our community members and especially our Evansville youth. These trainings offer youth the opportunity learn strategies to prevent underage drinking and drug abuse in our community, to travel, experience different cultures and become well rounded leaders.