Church Stories

October 2, 2019

VAPE 101

Written by: Julia Smolucha

An Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund Presentation

 

Vaping is a growing problem with today’s youth, and many parents are at a loss to understand what it is and how to prevent their teens from partaking. In response, Kenilworth Union Church is hosting a program for adults on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. led by Andy Duran, executive director of Lake Forest-based Linking Efforts Against Drugs (LEAD).

Duran will explain the dangers of vaping and give solutions on how to help stop this growing epidemic. With LEAD, Duran has spent seven years speaking to audiences all over the country about youth development and substance abuse issues. He is passionate about the lives of young people and the adults who serve them, and all adults are welcome to this presentation.

The program is free and is sponsored by the Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund.

Andy Duran is the Executive Director of Linking Efforts Against Drugs (LEAD)—a drug prevention organization based in Lake Forest. Andy blends his coalition and prevention work with more than 10 years of experience in youth leadership development. In addition to working for years as a Youth Minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Andy also served as the Executive Director of the Peacebuilders Initiative—a dynamic and unique leadership development program at Catholic Theological Union that trains young leaders for ministry. Andy is also the founder of Camp Hope, a recreational summer camp for children and teens with disabilities. Over the past two years, Andy has spoken in more than 20 states in the areas of youth development, drug prevention, social media, coalition development and mobilization, prescription drug prevention strategies, medical marijuana, and more. Under Andy’s direction, LEAD has developed into a nationally recognized organization that offers training, workshops and technical assistance for organizations all over the country.