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FCA Summer Summit Concludes with Student and Community Leaders to Present Visions for Substance Use Prevention and Social Justice

Garden City, N.Y., (August 13, 2021) - FCA, a leading health and human services nonprofit organization on Long Island, today held a culmination event for its 2021 Youth Summer Summit, a five week program that brought together 30 student leaders from the Village of Hempstead for leadership training, discussion and brainstorming with the goal of creating a safer, healthier Hempstead. Today’s event gave the participants the opportunity to  present their visions for substance use prevention and  social justice in their communities, and how to best IMG_7100.JPGreach their peers in high schools and communities throughout Nassau County.  The event was held at the African American Museum of Nassau County in Hempstead.

“The mission of the Summit is to produce communicators and effective youth influencers throughout the Village of Hempstead by providing the language, tools and skills needed to become prevention minded,  civically engaged, and socially conscious,” said FCA President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds.  “We are grateful to Columbia Records, state and federal funders for the generous donation that made this summit possible.”

The Youth Summer Summit curriculum kicked off with a presentation and discussion of the vibrant history of Hempstead as a thriving commercial hub on the east coast, including a photo/video tour of its historical buildings and the contextual connection of the diverse cultures that make up Hempstead’s current demography.

The students were also introduced to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Youth Leadership Initiative program, which emphasizes the power of community coalitions to prevent substance misuse through collaborative community efforts. The course is designed to encourage youth to think critically about their roles as leaders in social change, and move forward with substance use and misuse prevention tools.

A Public Health and Social Justice component led the students through a discussion of the dynamics of public health including what it is, how it is different from clinical medicine, who’s responsible for doing it, how it is done and how its interventions are used to improve the health of populations and save lives  The program was presented through guest speakers and video presentations and involved summit participant research and discussion.IMG_7178.JPG

The Youth Summer Summit also elicited civic engagement discussion with presentations by and dialog with local, county, state and federal government officials including Village of Hempstead Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, County Legislator Seila Bynoe, State Senator Kevin Thomas and others. The guest speakers educated  summit participants to on the responsibilities associated with their positions and engaged in interactive dialog.

The 2021 Youth Summer Summit was made possible in part through a $25,000 donation from Columbia Records/Sony Music.

About FCA

FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For the last 137 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.

FCA believes in the potential of Long Island - a place where no child, senior, family or community is left to struggle alone with barriers to health care, education, employment or economic prosperity. Long Island continues to be one of the greatest place in the world to live and raise a family for many; FCA exists to ensure that be the case for all.