Tomorrow’s Leaders Camp 2013

Posted on July 16, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |


That’s a wrap! Another year of ECCPASA’s “Tomorrow’s Leaders Camp” (TLC) has come to an end.   Yet again, we are so happy with the two weeks we had with our campers. They showed up every morning enthusiastic about the day ahead and continually demonstrated their leadership qualities as they contributed daily with coordinating their own presentations.

This year’s camp concentrated on the theme, “All the Ways I Can Make a Difference.”  Each day campers were presented with a different school subject and were encouraged to learn something new. TLC counselors helped to show the campers that what they learn in school really does apply to everyday life.  This was accomplished through participation in fun activities that tied in their school subjects.

We started our first subject on day two with Math.  Before the math activities began, we were excited to see that two camp members decided to present daily character traits to their peers.  Each “morning circle” they explained a character trait and the ways the campers can demonstrate that trait during TLC.  After “morning circle,” Erica, a TLC counselor, instructed the campers through a Geo-caching activity around St. Margaret’s campus. .  This activity was a huge hit with the campers and the staff!  It encouraged us all to be explorative and adventurous as we had to decipher over 20 math clues that eventually lead to “hidden treasures!”  After lunch the campers were ready to go outside for one of our annual water days.  Campers were soaked head-to-toe after completing water relay races and water limbo!

Day three was field trip day!  We boarded the big yellow school bus and made our way to Beaver Island State Park.  Campers spent the entire day enjoying activities in the water and sand, and nature walks in the park.  We got lucky with a hot, sunny day this year which made it all that more enjoyable.  It was such a great day and the campers were very energetic to say the least.

Day four was Science Day and we were lucky enough to have three great speakers.  Our first speaker was Dr. Bernie Weinstein, otherwise known as “Dr. Freeze.”  He revealed the wonders of liquid nitrogen.  The campers were on the edge of their seats as Dr. Freeze threw his liquid nitrogen on the floor and watched as fizzling steam rolled towards their feet! Next, David Lotz conducted a “computer mangle.”  The campers were able to take apart old computers and see how they were made.  All this excitement and exploration left us with some hungry campers!  For snack we used science to make our own ice cream. It was challenging, but turned out to be extremely delicious!  Our third presenter was now ready to show us how reusable energy can be used.  Scott Dean from the New York State Public Service Commission showed our campers the positives of using wind and solar energy to contribute to a sustainable environment.

Our first week came to an end with Physical Education Day.  With the help of some TLC counselors, the campers got an inside look at the daily lives of high school and college athletes.  Later, we took a trip to Delaware Park where the counselors led demonstrations of the sports they play.  Campers had the opportunity to test out a variety of sports including, field hockey, lacrosse, and softball.  All the physical activity left us hungry for the afternoon snack.   Snack that day was cheese, apples, and crackers.  One of our returning TLC campers has a great passion and knowledge of cheese.  He was gracious enough to share his wisdom about all there is to know about the different kinds of cheeses during his “Cheese Chat” session. Do you know how Swiss cheese gets its holes? We do!

Week two started with some aerobics by Andrea, a TLC counselor.  She got the campers muscles moving and their hearts pumping as we began our day!  It was also Art Day!  The campers participated in making Mooshy Belly Bunnies, a hand sewn stuffed animal that was donated to Made with Love: Crafting for a Cause‘s Cuddlies for Foster Kids project, an organization that donates stuffed animals to foster children.  This activity was a rewarding one for the campers as they brainstormed the many ways in which these stuffed animals could make a difference in someone’s life.  To wrap up our day, some campers stepped up as leaders again and showed us some different works of art and how they have influenced art in modern day!

The last subject we discussed was History.  To get the campers awake and moving that morning, TLC counselors, Lainey and Sara, taught the campers a Zumba routine!  It got us ready for our next activity as Artifact Detectives led by Jan, a TLC counselor.  Artifacts from the Buffalo History Museum were donated and the campers had to determine what they thought the use was for the multiple artifacts displayed.  It was a tricky task, but they succeeded!  Later that day, a presentation by the Great Lakes Kitefliers Society (GLKS) showed us how to make our very own kites to take home.  With the help of GLKS members, the campers then learned how to properly fly their kites!

On our last day together, we closed out the camp with our annual Camp Carnival and graduation ceremony.  For lunch we had a hot dog cook-out and picnicked outside in the sun.  The parking lot was filled with carnival games, popcorn, Snow Cones, face painting, and prizes!  It seemed like the two weeks flew by as we talked and reminisced about all the fun times we had! At the end of the day, it was bittersweet watching the campers receive their TLC graduation certificate, but we all have next year to look forward to!

We had a great time and were very impressed with the positive character traits the campers displayed this year.  The camp was made successful with the help of parent volunteers, camp counselors, speakers, and sponsors.  We would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors who provided nutritious snacks, water, and carnival prizes!  Our sponsors included: Tops Friendly Markets, the Richard W. Rupp Foundation, the Lakamp Family, Wood Dental Associates, the North Tonawanda Elks Lodge, the FBI, Buffalo Division, and the Amherst Youth Task Force.  See you all next summer!!!

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Upcoming Summer Events at ECCPASA

Posted on May 31, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Here at the ECCPASA office, we are all ready to start the summer off right… And we’d like you to join us! We have some very exciting events coming up that are suitable for all ages!

Color Me Rad 5k

June 22, 2013

Darien Lake Amusement Park

Promo Code:  BUFFALO

We are very excited to have the opportunity to be partners with the Color Me Rad 5k this year.  The aspect that sets this 5k run aside from the others is that throughout the run each participant is showered with different Color Bombs, changing your beautifully clean clothes to a canvas full of color! No worries though, the colors pouring down on you are merely made of colored corn starch!  Run solo or run as a team to endure the color elements together!

The way that you can connect to ECCPASA while running and having fun with friends and family is by using our promo code:  BUFFALO.  By entering this promo code at your time of registration for the Color Me Rad 5k, a part of your registration fee will automatically be donated to the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse with no extra cost added on.  Simple as that!

Register and come enjoy a beautiful summer day with us!

Tomorrow’s Leaders Camp

“All the Ways I Can Make a Difference”

June 24- July 3

Monday through Friday, 9:00am- 3:30pm

St. Margaret’s School

Cost: $75 per child or $125 for two children

Another year, another camp!  We are looking forward to another great eight days of our Tomorrow’s Leaders Camp at St. Margaret’s School.  This year’s theme is “All the Ways I Can Make a Difference.”  The campers will participate in educational and fun activities that will encourage them to be positive leaders in their own community.  The cost of the camp is $75 per child or $125 for two children.  The price includes and afternoon snack, a field trip, an end-of-camp carnival, and several daily activities that will have your children wishing there was a ninth day!

For more information or to register please visit our website www.eccpasa.org or contact Robin Mann at 831.2298 or robin@eccpasa.org.

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Dyngus Day Celebrations…

Posted on April 2, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

With all the fuss about celebrating Dyngus Day in Buffalo, we wanted to remind you that every day can be a celebration…but we hope you choose to celebrate safely!  Remember to consider such things as body weight, whether or not you will be driving, family history, and personal safety when you are choosing to enjoy an alcoholic beverage.  Have fun but be safe!

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A Summer Wrap Up

Posted on September 12, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

ECCPASA had a busy summer taking part in several events around the community.  Our more recent event was attending the annual Buffalo Bison’s game that is sponsored by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Px20.  The game was held on a rainy and dreary Monday night, but that didn’t stop families from coming out to watch the game and view all of the Sheriff’s Office’s intriguing vehicles and equipment.  Undersheriff, Mark Wipperman, threw the first pitch of the game while Px20 members stoop behind him on the field to show their support.  Members of the coalition also manned a table at the entryway of the stadium in which prizes we handed out to all the families that walked by!


ECCPASA also had a wonderful opportunity to poster much of Erie County with an anti-underage drinking campaign that plastered messages of underage drinking prevention on billboards and Metro buses throughout the community.  We were able to spread the word due to the SAMHSA grant we received earlier this year. The grant has since ended, but the agency is incredibly grateful to have been chosen to help spread such a powerful message to residents of Buffalo and the surrounding neighborhoods.

ImageIt is also important we mention the several health fairs we’ve have the opportunity to attend this summer including one of the largest health fairs in the area for citizens of Amherst at the Amherst Senior Center.  The health fair was for families of all ages and we have to admit there was an amazing turnout! 

Another event worth mentioning, Rock the Village, was one we attended earlier this summer in support of our friends at the Lancaster-Depew Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.  The concert series is a free concert held on two different nights that features local high school bands.  It is a great community event that entourages teens to have fun without substances.

ImageECCPASA had a great summer and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!


Stay tuned for another post coming very soon that will highlight all of our upcoming fall activities!  Have a great start to the school year everyone!

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Tomorrow’s Leaders Camp 2012

Posted on July 16, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |


Tomorrow’s Leaders Camp 2012 was once again a huge success! The main focus of this year’s camp was on health and wellness, concentrating on the theme “Building a Better Me.” The campers participated in activities that were both educational and fun, showing them that health and wellness directly leads to a better, happier, and healthier life.

Several guest speakers visited throughout the two weeks to add to the experience. Nancy Weil from Laugh Academy taught the entire group the importance and benefits of laughter. She shared that laughing just once a day every day can add up to seven years onto one’s life! Vicki Ross from Interfaith Peace Network of WNY and WNY Peace Center and Vivian Waltz from the Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence joined us to talk about conflict resolution and alternatives to violence. In addition, Joseph Chudoba from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office spoke to the campers about conflict resolution and Special Agent Ankit V. Patel from the FBI discussed Internet safety and cyber bullying. Carolyn Zimmerman from Drumming for Health also came to TLC one day to introduce the magic, fun, and healing power of drumming!

In addition to speakers, the campers also enjoyed several health and wellness activities that could be incorporated into their daily lives. Erica, an ECCPASA Staff member, led the group in daily yoga sessions to keep the campers strong, relaxed, and awake throughout the day. In addition to yoga, the campers learned other stress reducing skills to properly deal with life’s struggles. The campers also learned about proper nutrition, and tried several different, healthy foods for their daily snack. We even made fruit sculptures! By doing these activities, the campers learned that eating healthy can also be fun!

The TLC campers also learned about healthy relationships, how to sustain healthy friendships and when to avoid relationships that are potential unhealthy or even dangerous. On some of the hot days, the campers participated in water games to cool off. They also took a trip to Beaver Island State Park where they played on the beach, enjoyed a picnic lunch, and explored the woods on a nature hike. Campers attended a Wellness Carnival set up for them at Delaware Park, which included games like a throwing competition, jump rope and a balancing challenge as well.

On the last day of camp, our annual TLC Carnival took place. Here the campers played games, won prizes, had their faces painted, and enjoyed a hot dog lunch.

A fun learning experience was had by all!

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SAMHSA Underage Drinking Prevention Grant

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

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ECCPASA Awarded National Grant

Posted on May 8, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Our agency has been awarded a national grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA).  The grant is a media campaign aimed at parents, grandparents and caregivers of children 9-13.  The media message focus on the prevention of underage drinking.

Please take a minute to view the ad below and tell us what you think.  By clicking on the comment button below, please provide thoughts, feelings and/or opinions about the ad.  We want to hear the good AND the bad.  As always, we appreciate your support and participation!

NOTE:  You do not have to be a parent or caretaker of a 9-13 year-old to provide feedback.  We want to hear from everyone!







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ECCPASA has been busy…

Posted on April 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s been a little while since we last updated our blog.  ECCPASA staff has been very busy with various programs and events.  This past week we had two big events:  the WNY Chemical Dependency Consortium Legislative Breakfast that was held on Monday, April 16th, and a Community Education Trainings which took place on Wednesday, April 18th and featured a member of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Daniel Dytchkowskyj, or as many of his friends refer to him, Triple D!


Legislative Breakfast

The Legislative Breakfast was held at the Buffalo branch of Meals on Wheels and we had a wonderful turn-out!  The breakfast focused on the cost of chemical dependency prevention and treatment efforts and highlighted the wrap-around continuum of care available in Western New York.

We would like to thank all who attended including: Senator Tim Kennedy, Sheriff Timothy Howard, and Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, as well as representatives from: Senator Patrick Gallivan’s Office, Senator Mark Grisanti’s Office, Senator Kristen Gillibrant, Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak Office, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger’s Office, Erie County, Legislator’s Betty Jean Grant’s Office.

During the breakfast, Senator Tim Kennedy also took a minute to speak about some prevention efforts that are currently in motion to be passed in government.  One is the I-STOP Legislation, which supports prescription drug reform.  For more information or to sign on to support this bill visit: http://signon.org/sign/save-the-michaels-of-1?source=s.em.mt&r_by=4165063. 

As Senator Kennedy stated…there is power in numbers!  The more people who support the bill the more likely it is to get passed and save lives.



Community Education Training with Sgt. Dytchkowskyj:

Sgt. Dytchkowskyj joined us for a 3-hour-long training to talk to us about “What’s Happening on the Streets?”  He highlighted current drug trends and shared with us a lot of the technology law enforcement officials use to aid them in their job of reducing alcohol and other drug-related vehicle crashes.  The Sgt. also educated on the legal ramifications for one who may be caught in an alcohol or drug-related situation.



Looking ahead…

Tuesday, April 24, at Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Grand Island Town Hall from 7-8:30 pm.  The purpose of this meeting is for locals to discuss the problem of underage drinking in their community and to find ways to combat this issue together.  The meeting is open to the public and will be hosted by Grand Island’s own Luke Moretti from Channel 4 News, WIVB.




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Our First Blog Post!

Posted on March 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Hi everyone,

I’d like to welcome you to our new blog!  We are the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and we will be using this blog along with our website (www.eccpasa.org) and social media sites, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ECCPASA) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/ECCPASA) to keep you up to date on all the latest things happening in our agency as well as in the world of substance abuse prevention!

We are a prevention agency based in Buffalo, NY.  Our agency works a lot with schools and students as well as community members and on occasion, adults.  We are strictly prevention and early-intervention, meaning we do not facilitate in any kind of substance abuse treatment (although we are always happy to refer to a treatment center if necessary).

We look forward to providing substance use/abuse information to the public and to hearing from you!

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