The Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s (ESAP Coalition) Executive Committee is pleased to announce the hire of a new Coalition Coordinator, Miguel Jimenez. Miguel has over 25 years of experience coordinating coalitions and helping communities advocate for change. Most recently, Miguel has worked for Illinois Action for Children, Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA), and the Chicago Department of Public Health. Miguel boasts many successes in his past work. For example, as a community organizer for LUCHA, he led an affordable housing campaign that resulted in $19 million dollars in affordable housing credits and the acquisition of 10 vacant city lots for the Humboldt Park community. We are excited to have Miguel join us to help our coalition make a meaningful difference in Evanston!
As the year comes to a close, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank our members who have contributed their valuable time and resources to make the coalition’s work possible. In addition to the support of concerned community members, parents, and youth, our 2012 partners include the City of Evanston, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Evanston Police Department, Evanston Township High School, Evanston/Skokie District 65, Girl Scouts, McGaw YMCA, Northshore Hospital, and Northwestern University.
Looking ahead, the coalition will be hosting a Community Forum in early 2013. At that Community Forum, we will be asking community members to share their perspective on youth substance use, the impact of substance use on our community, and what we can do to make Evanston a healthier and safer community for our youth.
If you would like more details about the Community Forum, please contact Miguel Jimenez at (847) 859-0109 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.