Pinnacle CDC dba Durham T.R.Y. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2003
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MISSION: To prevent substance use (all drugs) among youth by reducing community risk factors through education, mobilization and collaborative action.
TRY (501c3) is a community-based grassroots organization made up of almost all formal and informal leaders in the counties that we support and work in. Our success is due to cooperation and collaboration among individuals, groups and/or sectors of each community. Each group and individual retains its/their identity, where each agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. TRY uses environmental strategies and the public health model to prevent substance use, decrease the impact of trauma and increase resilience among communities including minority populations.
What is a coalition? A coalition is defined as a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among groups or sectors of a community in which each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. TRY is a mature coalition led by Wanda Boone, founder and Executive Director as the change facilitator.
About the Executive Director: Wanda Boone is the Champion of Change Facilitator. She has engaged almost all formal and informal leaders with a large segment of youth and parents to be involved in the advancement of prevention activities. Wanda is a member of influential national, statewide and local committees that will further advance the goals of TRY's comprehensive prevention action plan to reduce the outcomes of drug use and misuse that can be linked to crime, school suspensions, health, mental health, addiction, suicide attempts and accidental overdoses. She is a Co-founder of the East Durham Children's Initiative, Member of the Governor's Task Force on Substance Use and Gangs, a Co-Chair on the Mayor's Poverty Reduction Initiative Public Safety and Health Subcommittees, Member of the Durham Crime Cabinet, Agency member of the Misdemeanor Diversion Program, Chair of the Health Committee of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, Member of the City-Wide PAC, Vice Chair, Northeast Central Durham Leadership Council, Member of the Duke Population Health Improvement Leadership Advisory Board; Member School Advisory Group for the Duke Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Collaborative; Member Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and NC Health Disparities Workgroup.
Surgeon General's Recognition: The Office of the US Surgeon General stated his appreciation for TRY, "for bringing the National Prevention Strategy priorities to life in [your] community. [Your] organization has built a large grassroots coalition with engaged stakeholders from a variety of sectors which is quite impressive". TRY is a spotlight member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse National Drug Facts Week Initiative.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, ADVISORY BOARD AND MEMBERS
TRY Board and Advisory Board Members – Terrence Maloney, Ingrid Price, Angie Mejia, Stephanie Morgan, Nancy Kneepkens, Mindy Solie, Harold Chestnut, L'Tanya Gilchrist
Coalition Members 2017-2019: Stakeholder Group and Affiliation: Elizabeth Ruiz, Parent, Raheem Aleem, Durham County Sheriff's Office, Yholima Varga Aleem, Duke Latch, Sharquilla Howard, Insight, Marketa Baker, Insight, Ashley Bass-Mitchell, Alliance Behavioral Health, Earl Boone, Pastor, Dr. Angelo Burch, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Tasha Jones Butts, Director Juvenile Justice, JP Carden, Durham County Sheriff's Department, Xavier Cason, Durham Public School Board, Earl Chestnut, Volunteer PAC 4, Harlan Crenshaw, Durham Police Department, Karen Everett, NC Department of Public Instruction, William Felton, Juvenile Justice, Pamela Joyner, Juvenile Justice, Minnie Forte-Brown, Durham Public School Board, Dedreanna Freemon, Durham City Council, Carla Fryling. East Durham Children's Initiative, Tannu Gupta, Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services, Paula Harrington, Oxford Houses (Recovery), Wendy Jacobs, Chair Durham Board of County Commissioners, Judith Johnson-Hostler, Alcohol Drug Council of NC, Melody Marshall, Homeless Children Liaison, Jennifer Meade, Alliance Behavioral Health, Ellen Reckhow, Durham Board of County Commissioners, LaVerne Reid. NCCU Department of Pubilc Health, Steve Schewel, Mayor City of Durham, Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Assistant Professor, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Cheryl Shiflett, Vounteer PAC 3, Jason Southworth, Manager Carolina Behavioral Health Pharmacy, Anne Sporn, Volunteer Resilient Together, Anh Tran, Director for the PCLT Third Year Study Program, Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Helen Tripp, Director Durham County EMS, Mary White, Community Health Coalition, Althia Scrivens, Durham Public Schools, Sheneeka Lawrence, Principal Bethesda Elementary School,
CULTURAL COMPETENCE IS KEY: Cultural Diversity, Built Community, Health Disparities
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L'Tanya Gilchrist District 1
Nancy Kneepkens District 2
Mindy Solie District 3
Harold Chestnut District 4 & City-Wide
Coalition Members and Supporters
Yholima Varga Aleem
J. P. Carden
Annette L. Chandler
J. Ra'chel Fowler
Living in Future Tense (LIFT) - Youth Coalition
Angie Mejia, LIFT Facilitator
MEMBER SCHOOLS AND COUNTIES
School of Medicine
The School for Creative Studies
Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College
Durham School of the Arts
Durham Community LIFT
TRY - Craven, Vance, Robeson, Nash, Yadkin