Coalition work intends to be mutually beneficial! You join us so that we can join you in advancing your personal and professional aims. ESAP Coalition offers opportunities to network with key leaders and committed community volunteers, develop leadership skills, learn about community organizing and advocacy, attend local and national trainings, support related work you’re already doing, and help make changes you’d like to see in the Evanston community!
“Being a member of ESAP has been a great experience. I have worked with community members whom I wouldn’t have met otherwise to complete projects that we are all passionate about. Not only does everyone share the same values of health and education, but each project is backed by strong data so our activities are shown to produce outcomes.” -Lindsey Kreutzer, City of Evanston
“ESAP Coalition fosters youth leadership. Each year we have a high school student who participates in the coalition and brings a unique perspective to our planning. It is a great opportunity for the various stakeholder groups to connect with one another and have youth voice incorporated.” -Alicia Hart, Evanston Township High School
“ESAP Coalition has been an effective partner with McGaw YMCA’s Brilllianteen program since 2010 by providing preventative knowledge about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to our parents and students. They have been the partners we’ve needed in building awareness and reducing substance/alcohol abuse during the Brillianteen programming. ESAP Coalition’s work is empowering: I’ve seen firsthand the impact of our strategies, and all members are knowledgeable, passionate, and on a mission to create a drug-free Evanston.” -Shundrice Tucker, McGaw YMCA
“Being a member of the ESAP Coalition has given me further insight into the best ways to approach our fight to eliminate the use of drugs and alcohol by student-athletes at ETHS. With a hands-on training approach, ESAP Coalition has provided our coaches with valuable tools on how to talk to their athletes more effectively about not using and has helped coaches identify signs of possible use. By taking their message to the leaders and mentors of kids at the front lines, ESAP Coalition is making a difference one student at a time.” -Chris Livatino, Evanston Township High School