Sarah Stewart, MIHS Junior and MIYFS Communities That Care (CTC) youth board member, was selected as 2015 Volunteer of the Year by the Alliance of Eastside Agencies for her work in substance abuse prevention in the Mercer Island community; she was honored June 3 at an awards luncheon in Bellevue.
Stewart’s many accomplishments include traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the National Youth (Prevention) Leadership Initiative training offered by the Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America. While there, she met with WA Senators Murray and Cantwell and Representative Smith to inform them of the challenges facing Mercer Island youth from drugs and alcohol, especially from newly legalized retail marijuana.
Back home, Stewart is the President and founding member of the MIHS SAFE Club focused on preventing substance use among her peers. Under her leadership, the club was awarded three grants: two from the WA Traffic Safety Commission to implement awareness efforts related to distracted driving; and one from the state Department of Social and Health Services for drug and alcohol prevention activities.
A true prevention champion, Stewart also recently won first place in a science competition for her project, “The Social and Neurological Science of Addiction.”