Head of Louisville Nonprofit Invited to White House for Champions of Change Ceremony

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The Executive Director of a Louisville-based substance abuse prevention program, COPES, Inc., has been invited to the White House Champions of Change Event.

The Executive Director of a Louisville-based substance abuse prevention program has been invited to the White House Champions of Change Event.

Ted Strader has led the Council on Prevention and Education: Substances (COPES) since it was incorporated in 1981. Under Strader’s leadership, it has evolved into a nationally recognized and innovative prevention agency. COPES today has a national reputation for developing highly effective, evidence-based programs in substance abuse, fatherhood skills, marriage enhancement and prison recidivism.

Each month, the White House Office of Public Engagement pays tribute to ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities, and invites the Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas.

This month’s Champions Event will honor individuals who are helping children and incarcerated parents and their caregivers, families impacted by incarceration. According to a White House release, “Thanks to their work, we can mitigate the collateral consequences of incarceration and protect the innocent bystanders of adult decisions.”

The Champions of Change ceremony will be held June 12 at the White House. Mr. Strader looks forward to celebrating the success of these Champions of Change in his field.

Strader said, “it is very affirming to see the President bring attention to needs of children and families affected by incarceration. President Obama’s ongoing attention to fathers, families, and children is uplifting for our entire nation.”

About COPES, Inc.

COPES’ mission is to advance a comprehensive range of effective programs and services in the Louisville community to address substance abuse prevention through personal, marriage and family strengthening programs that focus on building upon existing personal, family and community strengths. Further, COPES shall contribute to the national and international body of research and knowledge in the fields of prevention, mental health and emotional well-being as they relate to the development of programs and practices that reduce substance abuse, delinquency, violence, HIV infection, prison recidivism and other negative outcomes for children and families.

COPES, Inc.
845 Barret Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
Tel:(502) 583-6820
FAX:(502) 583-6832
Email: tstrader(at)sprynet(dot)com

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