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Prescription Drug Take Back Days
When: Twice a year (October and April)
What: SAPCA partners with local law enforcement and businesses to provide opportunities for individuals to drop off unwanted and expired medications.
Where: Alexandria Police Headquarters, First Baptist Church, Alexandria Fire Station 210, The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray
If you ever miss a Drug Take Back Day, you can always drop off unused or expired medication at one of Alexandria's three permanent medication drop boxes.
How you can help: Volunteer to staff a table at one of our locations.
Project Sticker Shock
When: Annually (October)
What: During Project Sticker Shock, teams of youth and adults visit stores in Alexandria to place "warning" stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers and other alcoholic products, highlighting the penalties for furnishing alcohol to minors.
How you can help: Volunteer to drive students the day of the event.
Take Down Tobacco Day
When: Annually (The third Wednesday in March)
What: Take Down Tobacco Day is a day of activism sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Each year, more than 2,000 events are held around the country mobilizing youth to raise awareness about the problems of tobacco use in schools and the community.
How can you help: Contact Emma Beall at email@example.com if you are interested in supporting Alexandria youth to take action against tobacco use.
Where: Alexandria recreation centers
What: SAPCA and the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy host teen nights open to all Alexandria teens that include dinner, games, a DJ, a photo booth and gift card raffles throughout the night.
How you can help: Join ACAP and SAPCA to help plan our next Titan Takeover.
Alexandria Youth Leadership Conference
When: Annually (August)
What: A free opportunity for rising ninth through twelfth grade students that live in Alexandria to participate in team building activities, hear from guest speakers and attend workshops about leadership, public speaking and becoming a community change maker. meals are will feature a networking session where participants will learn about leadership opportunities for Alexandria youth. Meals are provided to participants each day. The conference also features a networking session with youth leadership opportunities in Alexandria.
How you can help: Adults can nominate youth for the conference. Additionally, anyone interested in presenting a workshop or attending the networking session to share leadership opportunities with youth should contact Emma Beall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Night Out
When: Annually (August)
What: Each year, Alexandria joins communities across the country in celebration of National Night Out. For anyone who has not experienced this event, it is an evening where over 30 neighborhoods around the City host events, block parties, barbeques, etc., with the goal of preventing crime by building a sense of community. SAPCA partners with the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy and the Gang Prevention Task Force to perform outreach. In the past, teams have met at City Hall, joined a team and received neighborhood assignments to "cover the City" with messages about our work. Teams then drive or walk to assigned neighborhood events to interact with neighbors, have fun, eat good food and snap some pictures!
How you can help: Join a team and help us "cover the City!"
When: During the school year
What: Healthy Conversations is an interactive workshop held in the community that features intergenerational conversations about healthy decision-making and avoiding risky behaviors as youth enter the teenage years. Dinner, childcare and interpretation are provided at these events.
Where: Middle and high schools in Alexandria, VA
How you can help: If you would like your child's middle or high school to host a Healthy Conversations event, please contact Emma Beall at email@example.com.
SAPCA Coalition Meetings
What: SAPCA hosts coalition meetings open to our partners and all community members to share the latest information about past and upcoming coalition events. These meetings also provide individuals and groups with opportunities to share their insights regarding SAPCA's work in order to impact SAPCA's activities moving forward.
How you can help: Sign up for our newsletter to learn about upcoming coalition meetings.
Dates to keep in mind
- September - Recovery Month
- Contact Emma Beall at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the planning committee.
- October - Bullying Prevention Month, National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, Red Ribbon Week
- April - Alcohol Awareness Month
- Contact Emma Beall at email@example.com to join the planning committee. Past events included presentations at schools, guest speakers and a viewing of the movie Haze followed by a panel discussion. All ideas are welcome!
- May -
Sex Ed for All Month
- Contact Lisette Torres at
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about upcoming events hosted by the
Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP).
- Contact Lisette Torres at email@example.com to learn about upcoming events hosted by the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP).