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Irvington High School Students Participate In National Leadership Forum

Irvington High School senior Madison Carell and sophomore Cristian Ishoo.
Irvington High School senior Madison Carell and sophomore Cristian Ishoo. Photo Credit: Contributed

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington High School senior Madison Carelli and sophomore Cristian Ishoo were sponsored by Irvington About Safe Kids to attend and present at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 26th Annual National Leadership Forum.

The event was held in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area Feb. 1-4.

Carelli and Ishoo, who are part of the executive board of iASK-CAB, a coalition established through a grant awarded to the Village of Irvington and Community Advisory Board, had expressed an interest in attending the forum.

While in Washington, D.C., the students had the opportunity to spend a day on Capitol Hill where they met with policymakers in Congress on the importance of substance abuse prevention. They also spoke on behalf of the coalition and discussed what drives them to be leaders in their community. “We are proud to support learning and growth for our students and have already seen the benefit of their experience,” said Tanya Hunt, co-chair of iASK-CAB.

“These young adults have shared important insights from the conference with their peers and adult coalition mentors, and we look forward to seeing the wonderful initiatives that will result in concrete benefits for our community,” she said.

As part of the forum, Carelli and Ishoo also participated in various workshops and received training on topics that ranged from heroin and marijuana use among youth to ways of reducing tobacco use and underage drinking.

“We’re very fortunate to have them involved with the coalition because they really represent the ‘go-to students’ that are willing to take action in helping their peers make the community a better place,” iASK coordinator Lisa Tomeny said.

CADCA is a national membership organization that represents more than 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. Approximately 2,700 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from throughout the country, including Irvington About Safe Kids attended CADCA’s forum.

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