One of the nation’s leading organizations in the fight against teen drug and alcohol use has given its highest honor to a Stevenson student for the second straight year. Victor Shi, a leader in the school’s Catalyst club, received the 2019 Youth Advocate of the Year award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America on Wednesday. Click here to watch his acceptance remarks. Ananya Pati (Class of 2018) earned the award last February.
The award recognizes prevention leaders who forge relationships with and educate local elected officials about key substance abuse-related issues. Victor was honored at CADCA’s 29th annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Md. The forum is a training event for community-based substance abuse prevention professionals, coalition leaders, and prevention and addiction researchers.
Victor, a junior from Buffalo Grove, was honored for his advocacy work as an intern for U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, and for his efforts with Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition. In particular, the group cited his leadership against marijuana legalization in Illinois. He also has been involved in the Political Action Club and in Youth and Government at Stevenson.
Victor was joined at the forum by Vrushali Thakkar, a junior from Vernon Hills. They were chosen last summer to be youth trainers at the forum, which included about 500 young people from around the country. This video includes Victor and Vrushali addressing those in attendance. Victor speaks at the 1:34 mark, while Vrushali begins at 7:54.
The CADCA Advocate of the Year award is given to two individuals. Joining Victor as a recipient was Lisa Roberts, a nurse and anti-drug community coalition leader in Ohio.
Source: Adlai E. Stevenson High School Daily Digest - February 9, 2019
Marijuana Community Forum-January 30th at Stevenson High School
As the new administration takes office in Springfield, the topic of the commercialization of marijuana will become more heated. Learn more about what this could mean for our youth.
National experts will be on hand to discuss lessons learned from states that have legalized marijuana and will educate us on the difference between legalization, decriminalization and commercialization, as well as the impact the proposed policy would have on our community. Experts include:
Date: Wednesday, January 30
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Adlai E. Stevenson High School,
1 Stevenson Dr., Lincolnshire - West Auditorium
* Please park in Lot B or E and enter via Point Entrance
For more information on this event and/or to register, please click here.
If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Jamie Epstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 11, 2019
[Podcast] Listen as Positive Alternatives interviews Adlai E. Stevenson High School Catalyst Club members Vrushai Thakkar, Carson Ezell, and Victor Shi. The students were interviewed by Doug Petit and featured on his local podcast named "Positive Alternatives" regarding the push to legalize marijuana in our state.
Positive Alternatives is "a podcast for parents and teens intended to inform, share real life stories, and initiate conversations in the family regarding underage drinking and drug use. The podcast is hosted by Doug Petit who has spoken to well over 100,000 parents and teens about the perils of poor choices when it comes to alcohol and drugs."
"Catalyst teens are associated with Stand Strong Coalition, a DFC Coalition out of the Lincolnshire, Il. area. Sit back, listen, and enjoy the conversation."
Listen here => http://posalt.libsyn.com/positive-alternatives-32
To learn more about the Positive Alternatives organization, visit their website.
Join Catalyst students in a statewide student-led youth summit campaign to advocate against the legalization of marijuana in Illinois.
Additionally, the event will focus on engagement between schools, making this a great way for your students to collaborate with other like-minded students in our area. Finally, dinner will be provided!
Please RSVP with the number of students you are planning to bring via the following link => https://goo.gl/pTruyi. We hope to see you there!
Catalyst Marijuana Legislation Team Member
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
by In September 2017, #Catalyst SHS students met with State Senator Julie Morrison to advocate on behalf of all youth. They discussed the risks of e-cigarette use among youth and shared the benefits of Tobacco21 in Illinois.
As a result of their meeting, Stevenson Catalyst Club members Borler Wu, Katherine Yao, Melissa Hauptman, and Ashleigh Machado traveled to Springfield this past Tuesday, January 30 where they participated in a press conference which included Illinois lawmakers Senator Julie Morrison, Senator John G. Mulroe, State Representative Camille Y. Lilly, State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin, American Heart Association - Illinois, and other health organizations to propose raising the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 statewide by passing Senate Bill 2332.
The premise of the law is simple: Teens and young adults are likely to quit smoking, or never start, if they have to ask those 21 and older to buy cigarettes for them.
Catalyst member Borler Wu spoke at the press conference and continued to make the case for #Tobacco21 on behalf of Illinois youth everywhere.
Catalyst members then met with local legislatures to continue discussions about the proposed bill, including Senator Morrison, Senator Dan McConchie, State Representative Scott Drury, and State Representative Nick Sauer.
We are incredibly proud of the advocacy work Catalyst students are doing, and we will continue to support them on their goal to have the Tobacco 21 bill passed.
Four Catalyst Students Testify at Hearing with Lawmakers
Democratic State Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago proposed legislation that would legalize the possession of up to 28 grams of marijuana and allow facilities to sell marijuana products.
On Monday, January 22, 2018, four Catalyst students testified at a hearing with lawmakers about the proposed legalization of marijuana in Illinois. Stevenson Catalyst members included Seniors Devin Smith and Ananya Pati, freshman Alexander Zhou and sophomore Vrushali Thakkar. The students argued against legalization, citing evidence showing the negative effects of marijuana on the developing teen brain. They were joined by fellow Catalyst members and current Twin Groves eighth-graders Lexi Gitler and Eden Mondschain.
The group also met with state Sen. Dan McConchie, who represents the 26th District, which includes parts of District 125, including Vernon Hills, Long Grove, Lake Zurich and a portion of Buffalo Grove.
On Tuesday, several Catalyst members will travel to Springfield and participate in a press conference led by the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco. The group will announce legislation to raise the minimum age of tobacco sales from 18 to 21, and will recognize the 10th anniversary of Illinois’ smoke-free air law. Senior Borler Wu is scheduled to speak on behalf of state youth at the press conference.
Create a new tradition! Grab some friends or better yet, make some new friends and get ready to lace up your skates and 'Skate the Ribbon' at Maggie Daley Park - Friday, January 20 from 3:45 to 10:30 p.m. !
$20 includes transportation, rentals, light snacks and... wait for it... a private room eliminating having to wait in line for skate rentals! Seriously.
Participants can bring extra money to purchase more food if they would like. Purchase tickets today at the Stevenson High School Patriot Superstore & don't forget to download a permission slip today! Please submit signed permission slips to the Patriot Superstore with $20 payment.
For more information, please contact Stand Strong Coalition Chair Jamie Epstein at email@example.com.
Event organized by Stevenson High School Catalyst Club members =).
On Friday, February 26th, seventeen (17) Stevenson High School's Catalyst Club students volunteered as facilitators at Daniel Wright Junior High School’s annual Operation Snowflake event. The program strives to facilitate discussion and interaction among students, which lead to thoughtful decision - making skills and how to handle peer pressure.
Catalyst Club students, along with Stevenson’s Peer Theater Group were trained in the Operation Snowflake curriculum and spent the day talking and collaborating for over 5 hours with Daniel Wright 7th-graders. They discussed important issues facing our students, such as peer pressure, prejudice, and how to make good choices. Catalyst students led small discussion groups and activities and even directed short skits acted out by the younger students. The administration at Daniel Wright J.H.S loved the participation of local high school students and believed that they are critical to providing this messaging to the 7th graders. Younger students left feeling informed, empowered, and more confident to enter high school.
We are extremely proud and humbled by the Catalyst student's passion, time, and commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of younger students. We are committed to the goal of connecting, informing, and reinforcing the importance of making good choices for students and community members alike.
Visit the Adlai E. Stevenson website for more information regarding Catalyst Club.
Adlai E. Stevenson High School Prevention Team rolled out its “Your Brain--Gray Matters” information campaign for students the week of January 22nd and it was a great success with over 1,600 downloads !
The campaign's intention was/is to help improve students’ knowledge about the brain, its development during the teen years, and how drugs and alcohol can impair development.
As part of the campaign, the team has created a “Your Brain--Gray Matters” app for students available for iPhone and iPad through the App Store. The app features a game called Brain Blitz, in which students can test their knowledge about the effects of making healthy choices.
For more information regarding the Prevention Team, please contact Dr. Christina Cortesi, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School.