Spotlight on Alden Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition


Chances are that you have heard of the Alden Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Every year, the coalition assists in organizing Spooktacular, Alden Christmas in the Park, Toys for Tots and much more. Even this year with COVID-19, the ASAPC took charge of making things happen for our youth and their families.

In addition to putting on amazing community gatherings, the coalition holds contests with opportunities for students to win cash prizes and other goodies. This year, middle school and high school students had the chance to win Bills jerseys and hats for the “Bills Mafia Contest.” The winners were Matt Strasser, Ava Dimao and Izzy Czechowksi.

Coming up this April is the deadline for the Annual PSA Contest for students in 6th-12th grade. April 1, 2021 is the last day to submit your entry. This year, the coalition wants students to submit positive messages.

Ms. Winnert, the Youth Ambassador Coach, told me, “A lot of times we like to focus on the negative factors that come into play with substance abuse. But this year for the contest, we want to focus on the positives of not using.”

The grand prize winner will receive $500, with small amounts going to 2nd place, social media favorite, honorable mention and faculty favorite.

If you ever find yourself or someone you care about struggling with substance abuse, visit the ASAPC’s website. This year, Youth Ambassadors can assist you with getting involved in the ASAPC. Everyone here at WACS News hopes that you’ll get more involved with this incredible coalition we have here in Alden and continue to stay healthy.