Facing Addiction’s Young Leadership Program


The Young Leadership Team is comprised of students who have witnessed first-hand the suffering and sometimes fatal result of addiction and drug overdose, the number one cause of death in people under 35 years of age. These young leaders contribute time to their local communities to open up a dialogue that faces addiction and confronts stigma through awareness-building programs and special fundraising events.

The first Young Leadership Team launched in the New York City Area in 2015. This Young Leadership Team meets monthly (and more often when approaching an event or program deadline) to talk about ways to impact communities. This program is unique in that it is young people reaching out to young people – and parents – to educate and create awareness about the dangers of substance use and addiction, one community at a time.

Below is a history of the events they have had (or are planning to have) to date:

Summer 2015

Awareness raising event launching the Young Leadership Program. Over 200 young people and parents gathered to hear Alex Newell (co-star of Glee) talk about the tragedy of Glee co-star Cory Monteith – who died of a heroin overdose. The Leadership Team spoke to teens and parents about the deadly risks of addiction and accidental overdose.

Summer 2016

A Tribute to Lost Laughs, starring SNL’s Darrell Hammond. An evening of awareness and entertainment in Sag Harbor, NY. Young people marketed, promoted, and sold over 300 tickets to the event. The young leadership team sold sponsorships, developed PR strategies, and were interviewed for an article published in an on-line publication. Furthermore, the team spoke on stage about the deadly risks of mixing prescription pills and other substances.

The Historic Sag Theater Matt Butler performing ‘Just One’ Former SNL star Darrell Hammond

Summer 2017 

Fall 2017

The Young Leadership Team in NYC will put together a Facing Addiction Awareness Evening targeting several NYC private schools. Young Leaders will work with Facing Addiction to bring peer speakers who can share their addiction and recovery stories.

NYC Young Leader Advisory Council

Caleigh Aviv
Logan Geller
David Levine
Michael Katz
Harrison Mack
Justin Sandler
Jake Sandler
Tyler Kaplan
Mason Geller
Gaby Rosen
Justin Beck
Jason Mack