PSU Wins Community Partner Award from Communities for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth

June 16th, 2011 by Adam

Plymouth State University’s commitment to helping area youth avoid alcohol and drug abuse has earned it the 2011 “Community Partner Award” from the Communities for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth (CADY) organization. Each year at its annual Prevention Summit CADY spotlights and honors a partner organization that has reached “Above and Beyond” in their community leadership initiatives, collaborative actions, and commitment to youth substance abuse prevention.
Deb Naro, CADY Executive Director, said PSU provides both professional and volunteer services that make a big difference in getting the drug-free message out to area children and youth.

“The service of PSU students, faculty, and staff embodies President Steen’s leadership vision, “Imagine a Way,” said Naro. “PSU’s ability to leverage resources in the form of internships, work study students, and professional leadership has helped build a strong prevention infrastructure for our region. The reality is we cannot build a wall around our communities, or country, to keep illegal drugs out—however, we can work together to build a strong foundation for resiliency that advances youth safety and success. PSU’s collaborative spirit, commitment to excellence, and service has helped to build that strong foundation and continues to expand CADY’s capacity to meet the unique needs of our rural region. PSU sets a high standard for social responsibility and civic engagement—we are pleased to honor them with this tribute.”

Steve Barba, PSU’s Executive Director of University Relations, said the institution is thrilled with the recognition.

“PSU is committed to working with CADY in their efforts to make our community a better place to live for its youth and families, and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship,” Barba said.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or

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