9th Annual Meeting Recap


We had a wonderful time at the Annual Meeting last week! We discussed events from the past year, reviewed successes, shared information about future events, learned about survey data from our schools, engaged in thought provoking conversation, awarded some outstanding RAI members, ate delicious food, and found out how we can help each other to meet the needs of our community.

Congratulations to Our Winners!







The Key Stakeholder Award goes to Midlands Fatherhood Coalition!
The Dedication Award goes to Susan Pipkin!
The Annual Olga Ogoussan Award goes to David Myers!

Thank you all so much for what you have done for Rise Above It!IMG_0416

We have a New Plans and a New Look!

As the New Coordinator for the coalition, Laura has decided to make joining the SIC’s at each of the schools one of her priorities. She is hoping to gain more participation from the police departments, businesses, and faith-based organizations within the Lexington Two Community. She wants Rise Above It to have a bigger presence in the community.

The Communications Assistant, Gerard, will be launching our new social media account on Instagram. Be on the look out for that announcement.

With all of that in mind we have a new flyer!

New flyer RAI 2018

If you couldn’t attend this time, don’t worry!The next coalition meeting is on Wednesday, November 7th at 4 PM! See you then!

Rise Above It on FOX 57

It is football season again! And Rise Above it is gearing up for the season with WACH FOX. Rise Above It Lexington Two Community Coalition has sponsored The Friday Night Rivals Coach’s Corner on FOX 57!

Sonic Friday Night Rivals places high school football games from around the midlands on prime time television bringing the excitement to the whole midlands community. Live commentary is provided during the games, just like college and NFL football. The coach’s corner pep talk interview is a short segment interview with the coach of each team discussing how the coach gets his players motivated to win the game.

As sponsors of the Coaches Corner, Rise Above It will be showing the Not My Kid commercials on FOX 57 during the Friday Night Rivals game coverage. You can catch the commercial at the beginning and ending of the half-time break for every Friday Night Rivals Game. Not my Kid is a program that helps to prepare young students to make positive choices. For more information about Not My Kid, click on the not my kid tab under the initiatives drop down menu on our website,

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Keep an eye out for Rise Above it on FOX 57! You can stream Friday Night Rivals Coaches Corner on or using the WACH FOX app. Coverage for the games will start at 7:30pm Fridays on WACH 57.2. Games can be seen over the air on channel 57.2, as well as on Cable channel 1250.


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Above It is proud to announce that we will be sponsoring Laurie Dhue, an award winning national news anchor and activist for the recovery movement, as the keynote speaker for the LRADAC 40th Anniversary Celebration! This fundraising breakfast banquet will be held at Brookland Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia, on September 26th from 7:30 to 10:00 am. All proceeds from the banquet will directly impact the LRADAC Foundation Recovery Scholarship Fund.


If her name sounds familiar, it is probably because you watched cable news during the early 2000s. Laurie Dhue was a regular cable news anchor on major television networks like Fox, CNN, and MSNBC.  In 2011 at the Obama’s Prayer Breakfast, Dhue spoke about the role of faith in her recovery from alcohol addiction. Since then, she has been an outspoken champion of addiction recovery, being candid about her own battle with addiction. She is now a Certified Recovery Specialist, recovery activist, and public speaker.


Rise Above It recognizes the impact of openness on the public perception of addiction. We understand that substance abuse spans all demographics and many in our own community. We hope that promoting openness about these experiences will help to prevent future drug abuse.


To find more information about this event or purchase tickets visit the LRADAC website.

Rise Above It takes Washington D.C.!

Representatives from Rise Above It: Lexington Two Community Coalition (RAI) and LRADAC are in the Washington, D.C., area with approximately 3,000 other substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from around the country for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s) 28th Annual National Leadership Forum.


“We are excited to take part in the learning, networking and information sharing opportunities afforded through our participation in CADCA’s 28th National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA’s 14th Prevention Day,” said Shauna Cooper, LRADAC Director of Community Services. “We are getting first-hand information from implementers of innovative and effective programming to address substance use prevention that we are looking forward to taking back to our community and putting into practice.”

CADCA’s Forum will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and the abuse of synthetic drugs and marijuana to how to create tobacco-free environments and develop policies to reduce underage drinking.

The coalition representatives will hear from several leaders including Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Richard Baum and Dr. Bertha Madras, Harvard Medical School, who will both bring their expertise and insights to share. RAI and LRADAC representatives will also meet with U.S. representatives and senators at the Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, will take place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center Feb. 5-8. Visit the Forum website for details about training sessions, speakers, and special events at



pexels-photo-450301New Year’s Eve is two days away and we have two tips for you!

It’s safe to say that many of us have a laundry list of self-improvement mantras tucked away and waiting for January 1, 2018 but chances are that we will abandon them in a few weeks. It happens every year. This year can be different though if you use Tip 3: Make a SMART resolution. A SMART resolution is one that will be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-framed.

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, go to the gym and eat healthy, those are positive goals but they will lead you to failure. Focus on one thing and don’t load yourself down with too many goals. Let’s say you narrow it down to working out more. You’re getting there, but this isn’t going to be a successful resolution either because it’s not specific or measurable and there isn’t a time-frame for you to do it in.

A good example of a SMART resolution is, “I will lift weights at the gym 3 times per week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday between 6pm-7pm until March.” This resolution is specific, it is measurable (meaning you can track your progress and see how you are doing each week), and it’s definitely achievable and realistic. Also, by saying you are going to do this until March, you are giving yourself a time-frame to achieve the resolution in.

Don’t plan your resolution for the entire year. Break it up in increments so you can evaluate yourself. This way if your resolution is not working, you can adjust it so that you can be successful. Who knows, maybe come March you will want to add more time or days at the gym!

You have a couple of days to think of a good resolution, just make sure that it is SMART. Another thing we should all be thinking about over the next couple days is how we can be safe on New Year’s Eve. Many of us will be ringing in the New Year with family and friends but how will you be getting home when the party is over?

Tip 4: Plan a sober ride in advance. You may not plan to drink on New Years Eve, but it might happen and in case it does make sure that you have a sober ride home. Talk with a family member or a friend ahead of time. This way someone will know to stay awake and check on you to see if you need a safe ride home. There are also options like Uber or Lyft if you don’t want to get a traditional taxi.

If you are with a group of friends, plan for someone to be the designated driver so that on New Year’s Eve night there is no confusion as to who will be driving everyone home. For those of you who are underage, if someone is pressuring you to drink, just say no or call a parent to come get you. Don’t be afraid to call your parents and ask them to pick you up. Remember that drinking and diving is never the answer.

Be smart about your decisions and your resolutions!

Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year!



Kick Back and Relax

Now that you have survived the bulk of the holidays, you may be wondering what to do next. The answer is, Tip 2: Relax! It’s quite normal to feel like you have taken on too many responsibilities this time of year with all the shopping, familial obligations, and events to attend on top your regular routine of work or school. Luckily, many of you have some extra free time right now which is the perfect time to take care of yourself and avoid holiday burnout. Here are some ideas to help you get through the last stretch of the holiday season.

  • Take a walk. Exercise can reduce anxiety and improve mood.
  • Get some sleep. Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night because inadequate sleep can cause stress.
  • Slow down. It’s ok if you miss a couple events. But do spend some time with the people who make you happy.
  • Remember the things you enjoy. Maybe it’s reading a book. Maybe it’s painting. Whatever it may be, set a little time aside for your favorite hobbies.
  • Make sure you are eating well. The holidays are filled with tons of tasty treats but don’t forget to treat yourself to a piece of fruit or a few fresh veggies.
  • Don’t overstretch yourself. When you spread yourself thin you are more likely to be stressed and depressed so block some time out in your planner for yourself.


It’s hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner. So kick your shoes off, relax and enjoy the rest of 2017. You deserve it!