CADCA's 28th Annual National Leadership Forum was held in early February at National Harbor, MD. During the conference, Stevenson High School senior and Catalyst Club student founder, Ananya Pati, was presented with the Advocate of the Year award. We're also excited to share that last year's Stand Strong Coalition speaker, Dr. Bertha K. Madras, a professor at Harvard Medical School, received the National Leadership Award for her significant contributions made to the field of substance abuse prevention and her long-standing support to community-based drug prevention.
Ananya's and Dr. Madras' commitment and dedication to raising awareness, educating communities, and making teen health a priority continues to inspire and drive Stand Strong Coalition's and Catalyst Club's momentum and goals forward.
We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank our Executive Director, Jamie Epstein, and Stand Strong Coalition Board Member Claudia Kasten, Chief of Juvenile Division, Lake County, IL State's Attorney's Office for their guidance and leadership.
However, our gratitude does not end there. We are grateful and humbled by Stand Strong Coalition's volunteer Board Members, our volunteers, Stevenson's Catalyst Club students, as well as the middle school/junior high school Catalyst students, participating law enforcement departments, guest speakers, involved parents, our schools, and our communities. Together we are impacting and saving lives.