On Wednesday, February 2, Michael Mumper of Drug Free Fayette, was awarded Advocate of the Year during CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 32nd Annual National Leadership Forum, held in National Harbor, MD. Advocate of the Year honors a community leader who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure legislative victories for the substance use and misuse prevention field.
“I’m really touched that CADCA has recognized my efforts with this award,” Mumper said. “I hope it’s inspirational to others. Our youth and our communities really need us to advocate for public health.”
Michael is the Director of Programs for Fayette FACTOR and the Director of Drug Free Fayette in Fayette County, Georgia, a Community Coalition formed in 2015 that addresses growing problems caused by alcohol and other drugs within Fayette County, Georgia; and President of the Georgia Alcohol Policy Alliance. Also, a recipient of CADCA’s 2019 “Got Outcomes!” award, Michael and his coalition have been true champions for substance use and misuse prevention and community coalition building. Michael worked to mobilize people locally and at the state level to push for better policies to prevent underage drinking and youth marijuana use. He also worked with CADCA and Bolder Advocacy to educate coalitions on how to better advocate within existing rules and regulations. Michael has also been instrumental in encouraging other community prevention leaders to respond to legislative alerts and help educate their legislators on the importance of prevention.
The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community substance use and misuse coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is accomplished by providing coalition development assistance and training, public policy advocacy, special events, media strategies and marketing programs.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to address substance use and misuse. Forum brought together over 2,000 attendees representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals and faith-based leaders. It is the largest training event for the substance use and misuse prevention field.
About Drug Free Fayette (DFF):
Drug Free Fayette – www.DrugFreeFayette.org – is a coalition of community leaders and youth in Fayette County, Georgia, with the goals of reducing youth substance abuse in the county, and building community collaboration. DFF is a program of Fayette FACTOR (www.FayetteFACTOR.org), a local nonprofit focused on the well-being of Fayette County families. Drug Free Fayette is focused on prevention that includes awareness campaigns, policy change, curriculum and data gathering and sharing. DFF also aligns with other organizations that provide treatment and recovery services, for youth as well as adults. DFF is a confidential and reliable resource for information about substances, healthy alternatives, and tools to keep our families safer.