Exemplary Awards

The Exemplary Awards

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) and its component group, the National Prevention Network (NPN), are pleased to present the National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies. Since its inception over two decades ago, this Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) supported program has sought to identify and honor outstanding achievements in substance abuse prevention throughout the United States.

The Exemplary Awards recognize quality substance abuse prevention efforts from around the country including effective and exemplary programs, practices, policies, and other initiatives.  Examples of programs invited to participate in the Call for Applications include, but are not limited to, those that have impacted specific changes in their communities – such as promoting responsible retailing practices, smoke-free workplace ordinances, and other environmental approaches.


The 2015 Exemplary Awards Call for Applications will be released in late April 2015! 


2014 Exemplary Award Winners

Students Leading Students

Students Leading Students (SLS) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 in Michigan. It is an interactive, peer led program that utilizes a universal, student focused approach. The program provides bonding, skill development, and mentoring opportunities to its participants and aims to foster healthy and strong friendships among students, while working to delay the onset of alcohol and drug use among elementary, middle, and high school aged youth. SLS is the largest validated youth leadership prevention program serving Michigan schools, directly training 100 Michigan high school chapters annually. About 10-30 youth attend the full training through local and state trainings, ultimately reaching 1,000-3,000 youth annually. SLS has been rated over 90% for overall excellence, and has also been ranked the highest among 90 youth programs in Michigan.



2013 Exemplary Award Honorees

The Kamiah Community Partners Coalition (KCPC) program was established in 2006 when a group of dedicated community members had the foresight to understand the need to extend efforts started by the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program. Using the Strategic Prevention Framework Model, KCPC has implemented sustainable environmental changes by taking a multi-faceted approach. KCPC’s mission of “Promoting Positive Change for a Healthy Community” has effected change in the Kamiah School District boundaries by reducing youth marijuana usage by 9%, underage drinking by 3% and increasing perception of harm amongst youth as well as adults. And while they understand that their vision “All Kamiah School District Youth will be substance free” seems insurmountable, they have made great strides in the short time they have been in existence.

From left: Sharlene Johnson (Executive Director), Abraham Broncheau (Vice President), and Johanna Krieger (Executive Board Member)

New Social Engine (NSE) originated in 2010 from a Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) grant received by Prevention Is Key in Morris County, New Jersey provided by NJ’s Division of Addiction Services (DAS). Prevention Is Key worked with three local colleges, Fairleigh Dickenson University’s College at Florham, the County College of Morris and Drew University, to create a program and generate college student coalitions that would work to reduce the harms of substance use and abuse among the 18-25 population. Nearly 14,000 college students have attended an NSE substance free event since its inception. Strategies include disseminating awareness campaigns (social norming, celebrity quotes, and school guidelines regarding use) and serving on college task forces to advocate for environmental change to implement numerous environmental prevention strategies.

From left: Rita Della Valle (NSE Student) and Dave Bratton (NSE Advisor)

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