CCYSA Teen Summit Teaches Dangers of Substance Abuse

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On Saturday, September 22, the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) hosted the 2012 Teen Summit, an event aimed at providing information to teens on the negative effects of substance abuse for themselves and the community.  Over 75 teens attended the event, held at the ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center, which included prominent community speakers followed by lunch and a car show.

Speakers throughout the day included nationally recognized guest speaker Calvin Terrell, a personal testimony from Mary Lopez, and breakout sessions with Sgt. Greg Howarth from the Chandler Police Department and Kelley Dupps from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Nykia R., age 17, felt impacted by the message from the summit, “The speakers really spoke to me and what I face on a daily basis as a teen; substance abuse comes in many forms, and giving in to peer pressure not only hurts me, it hurts my family and friends.”

Partners of the event included ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth, Chandler Police Department, MADD, and 101.5 jamz. For more information on CCYSA and how to get involved, visit

The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) strives to prevent youth substance abuse in the Chandler community such as underage drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug abuse.  Since its establishment in 2006, the CCYSA has made great strides in changing the negative behaviors of youth, parents and community members alike.  Most importantly, the CCYSA continues its work so Chandler can be a safe and healthy drug-free community where opportunities exist for youth to achieve their full potential.

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