Community Projects

Red Ribbon Week

LCAC and Levittown YOUTH support Red Ribbon Week which takes place each year from October 23 – October 31st.  Each year has a new theme, and 2022’s theme was Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free™.

This theme was a reminder that every day, Americans across the country make significant contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!

It was a grassroots movement that encouraged community members to contribute by taking responsibility and action in their communities.

History:  Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was a special agent who worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 1985, he was kidnapped by drug traffickers in Guadalajara, Mexico. His murder and death brought anger to the community and was a catalyst for the Red Ribbon Campaign. Together in Kiki’s honor, parents and youth in communities nationwide began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness around his killing and the destruction caused by drugs in America.

Community Clean Ups

Each year, Levittown YOUTH participate in community cleanups and receive community service points for their participation. Cleanups are hosted by several organizations in Levittown including St. Bernard’s Church, the Levittown Community Council, LCAC, and YES Community Counseling Center. 

By participating in cleanups, residents can make an immediate impact and positive changes in Levittown and Island Trees.

Sticker Shock

Sticker Shock is a youth-driven project with the purpose of stopping the sale and promotion of alcohol products to minors. It represents a partnership with youth, retailers, concerned parents and community members, prevention professionals, and law enforcement with the goal of educating potential furnishers, raising public awareness about underage drinking, and strengthening the deterrent effect of the law against providing alcohol to minors.

LCAC assists students in creating prevention messages, which are printed onto stickers and placed on products in liquor stores and other establishments that sell alcoholic beverages. Our message – Alcohol and Teens Don't Mix. Don’t Buy for Minors!

Youth Presentations/Speaking Opportunities 

LCAC is committed to strengthening the skills and capacity of young people to influence positive change in the communities where they live, learn and grow. Knowing that young people are the best resource for creating this change, we strategically and effectively engage them in ways that honor and respect their unique individual gifts and perspectives.  We provide them with training and empower them with skills they can use in the future. Coalition work provides the young people of our community with many speaking opportunities.

One such opportunity is CADCA, which is a leading nonprofit organization that is committed to creating safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally by increasing youths’ knowledge on topics such as substance misuse, equity, and overall health by leading projects, programs, and trainings. Four members of Levittown YOUTH received scholarships to attend CADCA’s 2022 National Leadership Forum. Three of the students applied for and were selected to participate in CADCA’s National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC). In addition, Levittown YOUTH led the legislative appointments at CADCAs National Leadership Forum in 2021. They used their advocacy skills on state objectives to educate their Congress and State Senate on the need and importance of funding “primary” prevention at the highest level. 

Our youth have a powerful voice and bring critical insight and sustainability to prevention.

To learn more about other speaking opportunities led by our Levittown YOUTH, please click here.