students selected cadca institute

The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.  

This Group of Indian River county youth will be attending the CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute in Orlando FL, July 15 – 19. They will be attending the Youth Leadership training which develops the skills of youth to provide them with the necessary tools to help coalitions achieve community-level change. The will be developing a Youth–led civic action plan for our community. The two youth tracks are Key essentials and the Advanced course. Both courses must be attended by youth and their adult coalition advisor to support the learning process.  


youth leaderhsip training terlizzese


Hi, my name is Katherine Terlizzese, and I am a rising junior at Vero Beach High School. I am currently in the AP program and have maintained an unweighted 4.0 GPA, with a class rank of 15/724. In my free time, I sing in my church choir and also perform with the Ambassador choir at school. After graduation, I wish to pursue a degree/career in the medical field. I feel honored to be invited to the CADCA youth leadership conference because I have experienced how drug addiction can negatively impacted families, even distant relatives. I look forward to applying what I learn at the leadership conference to help make my community a better place. 








youth leaderhsip training weinstein


Hey, Sam Weinstein here. I am a junior at Vero Beach High School. I am an avid tennis player, as well as an aspiring musician. I am taking three AP classes and 2 college level courses in 2018-2019. In my hopes for the future, I aspire to be a professional tennis manager, which deals with the business end of tennis, including managing, coaching, teaching, and basically running a tennis club/tennis resort. 

 I am excited about the leadership conference because I know the organization and its mission. When I was young, I had the chance to meet someone who had killed a person while driving intoxicated. The consequences are beyond awful of course, and even after jail time, the guilt seems unbearable. I believe in enforcing the rule of no drinking under 21, and it seems like a valid rule. The debate about being old enough to serve in the military is old enough to drink is very controversial, but in the long run, I'd suggest waiting until 21. 

Attending CADCA will be a great practice in leadership, good for a resume and I also look forward to having bonding time with friends. I'm really excited to be part of this experience and I'm looking forward to it in July! 



youth leaderhsip training ann marie terlizzese


My name is Anna Marie Terlizzese. I am a junior at Vero Beach High School. I am section leader of the clarinets in the Vero Beach High School Band, and a member of the Symphony Band. I’m a straight A student and take AP classes. Next year I will complete four AP classes adding to the three I have already completed. Over the years I have been put in many leadership positions to help others and my community. The coalition is a great way for me to spread my experiences in leadership and work with some of my friends to give Indian River County a plan to decrease underage drinking, and drug usage. High school can be an easy way to travel down the wrong path but I am thrilled to go to CADCA and work with the coalition to help kids my age steer on the right path to better their futures. I look forward to this new journey and am excited to see what the future holds. 




youth leaderhsip training severino 

Hi, my name is Gustavo Severino. I am a Junior at Sebastian River High School. I’ve been part of the Marching Sharks and NJROTC program for the past two years. My plan is to continue NJROTC through my high school career. I am a platoon commander with team commander positions and have been one of our programs top physical competitors. I love sports and have always been in honors classes with excellent grades.

On March 21st, 2017 I was involved in a hunting accident and was very seriously injured nearly losing my right leg, 15 surgeries were followed with very strong painkillers, but I was very determined to not fall victim to dependence on these drugs. Since then I have made it a goal to help others and make them aware of the dangers of what can be out there even with medical prescriptions. I am very excited to be a part of this amazing program and excited to do my part to help our community.