September  2016 Newsletter

SAPCA's Summer in Review
Successful Drug Take Back Day in July!
SAPCA partnered with the Alexandria Sheriff's Office, The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, and Covanta to host a community drug take back event on July 16. A total of 320 pounds of prescription drugs were collected during the four hour event! This was one of the most successful drug take back events and demonstrates the demand from residents and the support that they need in safely disposing of unused/expired medications. The Alexandria Gazette did a great piece on the successful event. Read the article here.

SAPCA & ACAP Host their Annual Alexandria Youth Leadership Conference
In August 2016, the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria hosted the third annual Youth Leadership Conference. Youth learned from leaders representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Workshops included Leadership 101, Conflict Resolution, Professionalism and Networking, Becoming a Community Change Maker, Teamwork and Critical Thinking, and Budgeting & Money Management. Local boards, commissions and community organizations were invited to meet youth leaders in a networking session where youth were able to apply their recent skills in using an elevator speech, giving a firm handshake and making eye contact when meeting someone new. Representatives from the Volunteer Alexandria, Gang Prevention and Intervention Task Force, Energy Masters Youth Program, Parks & Rec, Project Discovery, SAPCA, and ACAP connected with youth eager to become more civically engaged. The 2016 Youth Leadership Conference was attended by 25 youth!
Parent Involvement in School

Only 26% of Alexandria teens (8th - 12th grade) reported that their parents are actively involved in helping them succeed in school.

September is National Recovery Month
Join SAPCA, the Alexandria Community Services Board and community partners as we celebrate those in recovery! The family friendly event will feature music, moon bounce, door prizes, food, and more. Information will be provided for prevention, recovery, and supporting those in recovery. See  flyer for more information!
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Youth  Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

The next open Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is scheduled for:         
September 13 & 15, 2016 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at 1900 Beauregard St 3rd Floor Conf. Room  
For more information please review the flyer and to register please visit
Save the Date!

If you missed the Drug Take Back event in July then mark you calendar for Saturday, October 22! SAPCA is partnering with the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Sheriff's Office, The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, and Alexandria Renew to host another Drug Take Back Event! Locations and times will be announced shortly on SAPCA's website,

Contact Us:
Whitney Chao, MPH
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria 
421 King Street, 4th Floor Suite
Alexandria, VA 22314
O: 703.746.3670 
C: 571.414.8297