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S.A.Y. Attends Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Conference in D.C.

(February 7, 2023) – Representatives from Scarsdale Action for Youth (S.A.Y.) attended CADCA’s 33 rd Annual National Leadership Forum. The Forum is held in the Washington, DC area every year, and brings together more than 3,000 participants representing community anti-drug coalitions, government leaders, youth, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, youth and

faith-based leaders from around the country.

Caitlin Higgins, S.A.Y Youth Representative and Scarsdale HS Student

The four-day conference is packed with multiple adult and youth-oriented opportunities to learn the latest science in prevention and strategies to fight substance use and misuse among youth. There is also an opportunity to meet our Senators and Congressman on Capitol Hill Day to share the work being done in the Scarsdale community.

“CADCA was a great opportunity meet like-minded student like me from across the nation to talk about common issues and share ideas about what we can do as youth leaders to help our peers”, said Caitlin Higgins, S.A.Y. Youth Representative and Scarsdale High School Student.

“We encourage all community member to get informed and get involved”, stated Lisa

Tomeny, S.A.Y. Coordinator, “we all have a role in supporting and advocating for our youth.”

Pat Tomassi, Director Westchester County Office of Drug Abuse Prevention & Stop DWI, Lisa Tomeny, S.A.Y. Coordinator, Caitlin Higgins, S.A.Y Youth Representative and Scarsdale High School Student, and Sharon Higgins, S.A.Y. Board Member


The DATF is a community coalition dedicated to building resilience among our youth, including reducing underage use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs that negatively impact the health of our youth.  Since its founding in 1984, the DATF has worked to convene all sectors of our community to create positive change for our young

people.  In July 2015, Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service (SFCS), an accredited family service agency, assumed the role of Lead Agency and Fiscal Agent for the DATF/.

DATF utilizes a research-based prevention framework to assess issues impacting our youth and implements evidence-based strategies to generate population level change. Our initiatives are informed by science and incorporate best practices to support our youth and community. Its membership includes youth, parents,

community leaders, law enforcement, school staff and administrators, Village officials, businesses and more, all of whom work towards the vision of Scarsdale as a community that supports and advocates for its youth.

For more information:

Media Contact:

Lisa Tomeny | Coordinator | Scarsdale Action for Youth | | 914-723-3281


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