Dear Friends,
Welcome Back!
It’s hard to believe that September is now nearly a week old, isn’t it?  This summer flew by as always, but not before it provided our staff with opportunities to reflect on the impact we want LEAD to have in our community.  We have spent a great deal of time this summer planning for the upcoming year, and I am excited to announce what we have in store.
New Series!
We are launching three new program series this fall that will carry on throughout the year – StimulateCultivate and Elevate. You will find series and program descriptions below.  We believe that each of these will serve a unique purpose, and we think you will find them to be of great value.  We hope you will join us for our first event of the year – The Truth about Alcohol, Tobacco and E-Cigarettes – on Wednesday, September 14th at 7 p.m. at Gorton Community Center.
In addition, we will also be screening two powerful films this year – Screenagers on November 9th and Most Likely to Succeed on January 18th.  Both of these will be put on in collaboration with our local schools and school districts.  More information about these screenings will be forthcoming.
Red Ribbon Race & Wellness Fair
Registration is now open for the October 22nd Red Ribbon Race, and big changes are in store!  In addition to hiring a professional management team (Adrenaline Sports Management) and offering chip timing for the first time in our history, you will also see a number of other changes that will ensure this year will be our best race yet.  In addition to the race, we will be sponsoring the fifth annual Taste of Wellness fair, featuring more than 15 local wellness vendors.  Learn more and sign up here.  I am really impressed with the great work that the management team has already done, and I can’t wait to participate with you on October 22nd.  Team sign up is also available.  If you have questions about this year’s race, you can direct them to Heather Frayn at [email protected].
iOS and Android
Another project we’ve been working on this summer is the development of a series of mobile apps.  We hope these mobile apps will help both youth and adults to access our programs and services more freely – including Text-A-Tip and resources from each of our new programming series.  Stay tuned as various apps launch in the coming weeks.
We Need Your Support!
I was going to start this section with something like, “We rely on support from people like you in order to keep our doors open.” But, this doesn’t tell the whole story.  Most Executive Directors, I think, hate asking for money, and I’m normally in that group.  But, here’s the truth.  Our mission matters.  I am proud to ask for money, because I am proud of the work LEAD is accomplishing, and we cannot do it without you. Pledging support for LEAD professes that our community and its residents are a priority.  With your continued generosity and dedication to improving lives, LEAD is able to provide sustainable, positive resources through initiatives and activities such as Text-A-Tip, and youth and parent focused programs.  So, if you like what you see, would you please consider making a contribution?  You can do that really simply online, right here!  Our work truly is life-saving.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Andy Duran, Executive Director
Learn About our New Series
As mentioned above, we have developed 3 new series that we will be rolling out this school year – Stimulate, Cultivate and Elevate.  Specific program times and locations will be forthcoming.  Check the LEAD website and our upcoming email blasts for more information.

Stimulate is our new “substance series” where we will initiate conversations about substance use and the various substances that are affecting our young people and our communities.  New drugs emerge all the time – even in our own community – and we are committed to raising awareness and keeping you informed.  Join us, as we explore what you need to know about substance use in our communities.
September 14, 2016
The Truth About Alcohol, Tobacco and E-Cigs
October 26, 2016
From Use to Abuse: What You Need to Know about Substance Use Disorder and Addiction
December 14, 2016
The Reality of Synthetics
January 11, 2017
Monitoring the Future (Drug Trends)
March 1, 2017
The Science of Opioids and Opioid Addiction
April 12, 2017
Alcohol: A Town Hall Meeting
May 10, 2017
A Forum on New and Emerging Drugs

Cultivate is our new “transitions series” intended for parents of children of all ages who are dealing with transitions in their family – toddler age to school age; elementary school to middle school; middle school to high school; high school to college.  Transitions are often tough on both parents and kids.  Join us as we delve into the real issues related to these sticky situations and learn how you can cultivate these moments into opportunities for growth.
September 28, 2016
The High School to College Transition
(For parents who have a teen who has just transitioned into college, or will be transitioning to college in the coming year.)
October 12, 2016
Get a Jump Start! The Transition into Elementary School (For parents with toddlers, preschoolers or elementary age students. Come learn about what safeguards you can take now to set your child up for decision-making success).
January 25, 2017
Teenproofing! The Middle School to High School Transition (For parents who will have a middle schooler transitioning to high school)
April 26, 2017
The High School to College Transition – Repeat
(For parents who will have a high school student transitioning to college).

Elevate is our new “youth series” and is designed to engage students and give them opportunities to rise up and elevate themselves.
November 2, 2016
RiseUP! Refusal Skills Training

December 2016 (specific date TBD)
Youth Summit

February 25-26
Lake County Youth Leadership Training

April 19, 2017
Normalcy? The Truth About Substance use Disorder and Addiction