August 2020 Newsletter
Announcements & Upcoming Events
SAPCA and ACAP Host First Virtual Youth Leadership Conference

This August, nearly 90 students attended the 7th annual Alexandria Youth Leadership Conference. This free event for rising 9th - 12th, hosted virtually by SAPCA and the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP), trains young leaders and connects them with opportunities to become more civically engaged in the Alexandria community. Workshops presented this year included:

  • "Working with Teens on Racial Understanding" 
  • "2020 Youth March on King Street - Youth Activism in Action" 
  • "It's Never Too Early: The Importance of Creating Space for Advocacy and Awareness" 
  • "Student Advocacy: Exploring the Power of Language"
  • "Professionalism and the Power of Social Media," and
  • Networking and Interviewing"

To facilitate youth-adult partnerships, the last day of the conference included an afternoon networking session with over 30 Alexandria community leaders.

Youth that participated in the conference will receive updates throughout the year about internships, volunteer and leadership opportunities and other ways to get involved in the Alexandria community. If your organization has opportunities for youth that you'd like SAPCA to promote, contact
Youth Invited to Submit Videos Explaining Why They Don't Vape

SAPCA invites Alexandria youth to submit videos explaining why they don't vape for an educational social media campaign. 

Youth interested in participating in the project should list three reasons they don't vape using this poster, then record a 30-60 second video with the poster as they share why they don't vape.

The "I don't vape because..." video project is part of a campaign to educate teens, parents and community members about e-cigarettes, an umbrella term for a variety of devices that produce an aerosol that users inhale, including JUULS and vape pens. The videos will be shared on SAPCA's YouTube channel and promoted using social media and other platforms.

Submit videos to

For facts about vaping, including resources to quit, click here.
Submit a Video About Your Career and Education Choices to Help Alexandria Youth Explore Theirs

Happy with your career and education choices? The Youth Development Team is inviting local professionals and college or technical school graduates to submit short videos about their choices to encourage Alexandria teens to learn about and explore college and career options. Learn more here.
City of Alexandria Recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day

Join the City of Alexandria and communities around the world in raising awareness and understanding of addiction prevention and treatment by adding your support on August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day, and throughout National Recovery Month in September. In recognition of Overdose Awareness Day, City Hall (301 King St.) will be lit purple with spotlights from the night of August 30 through the night of September 1. Landmarks and buildings around the world will also be illuminated purple to bring attention to drug-related deaths, create a better understanding of drug overdoses and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or experienced permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Then on September 1, the City’s Opioid Work Group will launch “Think you know about opioids? Think again.” a social media campaign to raise awareness about opioids, misuse, overdose risks, and treatment and recovery. The campaign invites social media users to share short videos and tag three others to share the content with their own networks. View and share the videos and learn more about opioids by visiting
SAFE Project Launches #NoShame Campaign 

SAFE Project recently launched its #NoShame, grassroots campaign. Stigma often acts as a barrier to individuals getting help for mental health and substance use disorders. SAFE Project believes there’s #NoShame in getting help or talking about mental health and addiction. This campaign aims to create a nationwide movement to combat negative public perceptions caused by stigma and support those seeking treatment. To learn more about the #NoShame Campaign, visit the #NoShame website.

There’s #NoShame in getting help. Addiction is a disease. Take the #NoShame Pledge.
National Prevention Network Conference Recap

This August, Youth Development Team Members Emma Beall, Annette Bridges, Noraine Buttar, Theodore Jones, and Iris Perez-Torres attended the virtual National Prevention Network Conference August 25-26. This year's conference theme was "Staying Connected, Staying Healthy: Virtual Prevention in Action." Attendees learned about the impacts of adverse childhood experiences, current substance use and abuse trends and best practices for engaging the community in prevention.

The Youth Development Team has more than 35 years of experience promoting the healthy social emotional development of children and youth through evidence-based prevention services and initiatives, subsequently preventing costly outcomes such as alcohol and other drug use, pregnancy, school drop-out, smoking and violence. Click here to learn more about the Youth Development Team's work.
Mentoring Program for High School Seniors Transitions Online

Applications to join the 2020-2021 Dream Project Mentoring Program have begun. The Dream Project Mentoring Program prepares high school seniors from Northern Virginia to gain admission to and succeed in college. Mentors support and assist mentees with college and scholarship applications, essays, interviews, and resumes. Throughout the year, mentees and mentors develop a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship.'' This year mentoring will be done online.
The program requires that students attend sessions from beginning to end and come prepared to work diligently. Dream Project mentees are students who:

  • Are currently enrolled as seniors in a Northern Virginia high school
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to attend college
  • Face challenges in accessing higher education due to immigration status

Quick Links
Coping With Stress Right Now

What we can all do to cope with stress? How Right Now | Finding What Helps is a tool that helps users find resources that address specific concerns through fact sheets, articles, webinars, mobile apps and crisis hotlines. This resource can be found in Spanish here.
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Emma Beall, MPH
SAPCA Coordinator
O: 703.746.3670 
C: 571.302.1022
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria 
123 N Pitt St, Suite 225
Alexandria, VA 22314