Students represent city at anti-drug conference in Washington, D.C., more

San Clemente High School students Yuki Dias and Helen Calderon are back from Washington, D.C., where they represented San Clemente at a Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America conference.

During their trip Feb. 6-9 they met with congressional representatives Darrell Issa and Maxine Waters and gained skills in advocacy and policy change, said Susan Parmalee of the San Clemente Wellness and Prevention Center. The message of the conference was to empower youth by funding prevention efforts.

The two students participate in a youth coalition of the Wellness and Prevention Center known as SCShift. Accompanying them on the trip was Alejandra Vaca, a health educator from the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence Orange County.

The trip was funded by a federal Drug-Free Communities Mentor grant.

Yuki Dias, left, and Helen Calderon at the nation’s capitol outside Congressman Darrell Issa’s office.