Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria to Hold Celebration, Meeting on Thursday

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Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria to Hold Celebration, Meeting on Thursday 

For Immediate Release: November 11, 2018

On Thursday, November 15, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA) will celebrate 10 years of citizen-led efforts to reduce underage substance use and abuse during a community meeting at Minnie Howard Library Media Center (3801 W. Braddock), 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Representatives will also discuss upcoming action plans, and all who attend are eligible to vote on open board of directors positions.

During the community meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to vote on four officer positions and five members of the Board of Directors, which provides the policy, oversight and fiscal stewardship of SAPCA. Members and officers serve two-year terms and can stand for future re-elections.

SAPCA representatives will also discuss upcoming strategic action plans to strengthen its relationship with community partners, identify and promote positive health choices and activities for children and youth, and use social and print media and community conversations around its campaign, “A Trend to Get Behind.”

Since SAPCA’s formation in 2007, Alexandria has seen a significant decline in substance use by its youth. Formed to address youth use of alcohol, marijuana and tobacco, the coalition of non-profit organizations, schools, City agencies, local businesses, government, community leaders, youth, parents and other concerned adults has grown to more than 150 members and partners. SAPCA uses a variety of community-wide strategies to accomplish the goals outlined in its annual action plans to build and maintain a healthy community.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email or call 571.384.5244, Virginia Relay 711.

For more information about the coalition, visit