Welcome to the Coalition Ideas Exchange!

CADCA’s National Coalition Institute is thrilled to offer this space in response to the many requests we get from coalition leaders, members and volunteers to provide more opportunities that foster ideas sharing and networking. What you see here is just the beginning of what will be a growing resource. We hope that you will continue to return to this page to gain new ideas  from coalitions implementing innovative strategies and interventions in their communities.

What You'll See:
Each Coalition Idea includes a brief description with relevant tools and resources for a dynamic multimedia experience. The information comes directly from coalitions with the goal of providing you with real, actionable steps and recommendations for applying these ideas to your community work. Coalition contact information is also included for you to spark a conversation with others and build new relationships that strengthen all of our efforts to build safe and healthy communities.

This Week's Featured Coalition Idea:

Youth-Led/Adult-Guided: Flipping the Script on Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia

Submitted by: Ward 8 Drug Free Coalition

Topic Area(s): marijuana, drug paraphernalia, youth engagement, leadership

Youth Led/Adult Guided: Flipping the Script on Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia

Summary: Determined to fight the trends of substance abuse among young people in Far Southeast DC, the Ward 8 Drug Free Coalition engaged hundreds of young people to participate in and develop awareness campaigns and community events, including the participation of DC Mayor Vincent Gray. Their work was influential in the passage of a DC Council Amendment to limit the sales of drug paraphernalia and they have engaged youth all around the community to host conferences and training sessions to combat the growing problems of youth substance abuse. Click Here to Read More.