TEACH OUR CHILDREN WELL: The Truth About Drugs
BUILDING POSSIBILITIES, POTENTIAL AND PROMISE TOGETHER!
As we write this year’s annual appeal letter, we are excited to share information about our fantastic youth and our progress over the past year. We see growth every day in the inspiring faces of our youth as they learn and thrive. Our annual appeal is a humbling opportunity to convey the essence of the important work the CADY team and our community partners are accomplishing together. This year we are sharing some of our amazing 2016 activities through a spotlight on “Alex’s Story,” our collaboration with Trish Lindberg and the Plymouth State University TIGER Program (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility) along with pictures of our youth in action on our website at cadyinc.org.
Why does everyone at CADY get up every morning and apply our very best efforts to our mission? Simply because the young people in our community count on us and benefit from our work. Our non-profit organization exists because our programs work. Together, with our community partners, we empower our youth to achieve so much more than they would otherwise do.
We might be biased, but we believe our youth, and our programs, are one of the very best investments you can make in our community. We hope you feel the same way. When you invest in CADY:
- You provide the opportunity for local teens to participate in asset-building, year-round, real-world programming through our nationally-recognized Launch Youth Entrepreneurship Program in collaboration with The Common Man Inn. Since 2005, 250 youth have participated in the Launch.
- You help local youth develop high-level leadership skills through our award-winning Youth Advisory and Advocacy Council (YAAC) where these youth influence positive change with their peers, community, and state. Since 2009, 85 youth have served as leaders in prevention.
- You provide opportunities for youth to experience Alex’s Story of HOPE (Heroin and Opiate Prevention Education). Since, 2015, this significant, life-changing program has been presented to the NH Legislative Task Force on Opiate Addiction, The NH Association of Counties, the Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine, and hundreds of NH high school and middle school students (a program spotlight is included on our website at cadyinc.org. We are very proud to collaborate with the PSU TIGER Program on this important program that educates through the arts, science-based information, storytelling and lived experience.
- You reclaim futures by giving our region’s most vulnerable youth a second chance to overcome challenges, to grow and build resiliency, and to turn their lives around through Restorative Justice, our region’s only juvenile court diversion program. Many of these high-risk youth are already struggling with substance use disorders—when we intervene early, we will prevent entry into the addiction pipeline and save lives.
We hope this letter has highlighted for you some of the incredible things happening at CADY. With your support, CADY will continue to grow as we head into our 18th anniversary year. With your help, we will prevent youth substance misuse through awareness, education, collaboration, mentoring and skill-building—these protective factors are changing lives every day.
Addiction is one of the most complex issues facing NH today—the consequences of this epidemic are severe—with overdose deaths stealing the lives of so many young people. The most responsible and humane strategy is to stop these tragic situations from occurring in the first place. Please go to our website to see more details on our high-impact youth programs for which we would greatly appreciate your support. If you would like to make an online donation to CADY and dedicate it to a specific program, please go to our website at cadyinc.org. All donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated. We know that it takes a community to build possibilities, potential, and promise—we thank you for your consideration and support. Everyone at CADY sends our very best wishes to you for a joyous holiday and Happy, Healthy New Year!
Michael Conklin, Board Chair Deb Naro, Executive Director
CADY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.
CADY is a nationally recognized, award-winning non-profit organization that has made real and long-lasting impacts on the lives of young people who are threatened daily by the drug epidemic that NH is experiencing. Last year over 430 people in NH died from drug overdoses. The most responsible, humane and cost-effective strategy is to stop these serious and tragic situations from occurring in the first place.
That’s why your investment is so important!
CADY’s innovative work prevents and reduces substance abuse and promotes the vital relationships and connections youth need to thrive. It also provides the tools for local communities to prevent the high costs and harms of substance abuse.
We often say that “Prevention is Everyone’s Business.” It is impossible to fulfill our mission and achieve our vision without the support of our community. You inspire us to reach beyond expectations and we will continue to do so with your help. Together we will build possibilities, potential, and promise for our youth.
Thank you for considering a donation to CADY—it will prevent substance misuse, addiction, and save lives!
Get Involved – Volunteer!
CADY needs everyone in the community working together to create the kind of environment that raises healthy youth with the skills and values for living authentic, responsible, and productive lives. There are many of different ways to help out, from volunteering on a single project to becoming an ongoing volunteer or intern with one of our programs. Contact Deb Tobine, CADY Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 536-9793 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.