Advocacy Leadership Program

NCADD-NJ's Advocacy Leadership Program is Accepting Applications 

NCADD-New Jersey is now accepting applications for its 2013 Advocacy Leadership Program, which will admit up to 30 participants. Going into its fifth year, the Advocacy Leadership Program is designed to foster, support and promote a generation of leaders in New Jersey committed to confronting the state’s most pressing addiction treatment, prevention and recovery issues.

The Advocacy Leadership Program aims to develop highly knowledgeable and trained citizens of New Jersey, especially those most impacted or affected by alcohol and drug addiction, who will contribute significantly by participating in policy decisions that influence the treatment and prevention of, as well as recovery from, alcohol and drug addiction. The issues at the forefront of the Program are closing the state’s addiction treatment gap; ending the stigmatization of addiction by promoting recovery; ending discrimination experienced by persons in recovery; and, preventing addiction. The program fosters engaged and educated advocates by building an understanding of self-advocacy, legislative / government processes, social change models, story-telling, as well as how to use social capital as a way of influencing others to take action.  The ultimate goal is to have Advocacy Leaders become fully empowered advocates engaged in systems change efforts via core leadership teams established throughout New Jersey.

Advocacy Leaders make a commitment to attend one weekend retreat in October 2011, no more than three additional education sessions and other ongoing activities focused on developing core leadership teams throughout New Jersey. Leaders participate in activities that demonstrate their leadership ability to influence others to take collective actions to close the state’s addiction treatment gap; end the stigmatization of addiction and discrimination experienced by persons in recovery; and, prevent addiction.

 Benefits include the following:

• Leaders will enhance their knowledge and skills of leadership and addiction treatment, prevention and recovery issues through one weekend retreat and additional education sessions.

• Leaders will meet with national, state, local leaders and policymakers.

• Leaders will receive a limited number of professional coaching sessions.

• Leaders will have the opportunity to influence addiction treatment, prevention and recovery policy.

• Leaders will develop long-lasting professional and personal relationships with peers.

• Leaders will be recognized as members of the Advocacy Leadership Program Class by the New Jersey State Legislature.

• Leading regional advocacy team activities.



You can download a copy of the Advocacy Leadership Application Here

A full description of the leadership program is available in the program brochure:



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