Natick Students Against Substance Abuse Go to Washington

Julia Mariano ’18, Tara Bharadwaj ’17,
Erin Freitas ’18, Sarah Strand ’17, Vivian Hsieh ’16
Led by NHS staffer, Annette Ziegler, and Natick Together for Youth community partners, Astrid Dretler and Katie Sugarman, five members of Natick Against Student Substance Abuse (NASSA – a student branch of Natick Together for Youth) recently attended the CADCA National Leadership Forum in Washington, DC. Students attended from all over the country and were able to meet with Senator Elizabeth Warren, who facilitated a discussion about pressing substance abuse-related concerns in their communities.  

Natick‘s youth showed great initiative and got the conversation started, leading Sen. Warren and all of the MA Coalitions represented in the room to engage in a very thoughtful conversation about the possible unintended consequences of marijuana legalization (should it pass on the ballot this fall). Our youth were well-spoken and enthusiastic in their contributions.

Additionally, they met with Congresswoman Clark’s legislative aid, whose legislative priority is the opioid epidemic, and had a great discussion in which our students shared highlights of their NASSA work in order to educate the Congresswoman’s staff on how DFC grant funding has helped Natick.   

Pictured L to R: Julia Mariano, Tara Bharadwaj, Erin Freitas, Sarah Strand, Vivian Hsieh, Annette Ziegler (NHS Social Worker), Astrid Dretler (NTY Research Coordinator),
Katie Sugarman (NTY Director)

Way to represent our school and community!



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