Spartan SADD members advocate in Springfield
June 7, 2012 2:32PM
Oak Lawn Community High School students recently met with state legislators during Dome Shift. Pictured (from left) are Nick Demas, Emily LaCoco, Lauren Cappel, Ed Maloney and Olivia Salazar. | Supplied Photo
Updated: July 11, 2012 6:02AM
Students from across the state gathered recently in Springfield for Dome Shift, an advocacy day sponsored by the Illinois Drug Education Alliance and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Among those in attendance were Oak Lawn Community High School SADD members Lauren Cappel, Emily LaCoco, Nick Demas and Olivia Salazar, and staff adviser Susan Szala.
One intention of Dome Shift is to teach students how the advocacy process works within the state legislation, officials said. The gathering also makes the student training a reality by providing opportunities for the students to speak with government officials about the challenges teens face.
OLCHS students met with state Sen. Ed Maloney (D) and state Rep. Kelly Burke (D) to learn about the prevention work that the two politicians have been involved in and what it has meant to them.
The students asked Maloney and Burke to continue supporting state-wide and community prevention initiatives.
Provided to the SouthtownStar