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UMFK to host satellite broadcast entitled Youth Leaders in Substance Abuse Prevention

May 16, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will once again be hosting an interactive satellite program from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), on Thursday, May 29, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center.

"Youth Leaders in Substance Abuse Prevention" focuses on youth leaders within the substance abuse prevention field, and the skills necessary to become an effective leader. The broadcast will feature adults who themselves were youth leaders and are now dedicated to working with youth, and also young adults who have assumed leadership roles in their communities.

"Participants will learn leadership training and skill building strategies to become a better youth leader within their community," said Donald Eno, academic outreach coordinator at UMFK. "This program will be beneficial and informative for local youth as well as counselors and other adults involved in youth drug prevention and leadership programs."

Specific topics include a discussion on the skills and qualities that are common in youth leaders and how they are best nurtured by youth themselves and by influential adults. The broadcast will focus on the opportunities within the substance abuse prevention, treatment, and research field for young leaders. The program will also identify and describe training and skill building strategies for youth leaders.

Panelists for this session will include Natalie Embrey, development and youth outreach associate with CADCA; Julie Laipply, Miss Virginia 2002, with Role Models and Mentors for Youth Foundation; Ty Sells of Youth to Youth International; Devon McDonel, with PRIDE Youth Programs; and Bob Kaiser with BUSTED Anti-Tobacco Coalition.

CADCA is offering participation certificates with contact hours for this broadcast. For additional information, please contact Tanyanic Brown of CADCA at 703-706-0560, ext. 242 or email to tbrown@cadca.org.

This satellite program is sponsored by CADCA, the Multijurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training (MCTFT) program at St. Petersburg Junior College, and the Florida National Guard with the extended technical support of the Satellite Education Network in Fort Lee, Virginia.

The broadcast is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Don Eno at 834-7835.