Be a Part of the Conversation equips families and communities in Pennsylvania with skills and resources to understand substance use, addiction, and related health issues. We provide community programs, foster supportive connections, highlight lived experiences, and challenge stigma.
We are a collaboration of community leaders, clinicians, students, school district representatives, and families who believe that having meaningful, inclusive conversations about substance use and addiction will support individuals and their families in their efforts to develop healthy coping skills and access support whenever there is a need. Learn more about us.
Be a Part of the Conversation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donate today.
We recognize that our personal experiences, which led us to this work, cannot possibly represent all populations and the many struggles encountered in seeking support and accessing treatment for substance use disorders. Recent events have exposed the centuries of racial injustice in this country. We know that we have to continue to learn and grow in order to better understand racial injustice in all aspects of our lives. We are certain that things will never improve unless systematic racism ceases to exist. We honor Black lives and we stand with all people of color in mourning the senseless loss of life throughout our country. We pledge to work harder and will continue to develop a better understanding of the hardships and injustices that exist among people of color.
In order to best serve all communities, Be a Part of the Conversation has the following goals:
• to increase representation and support for underrepresented minorities
• to diversify our program presenters, consultants and audience
• to expand our understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized populations
• to incorporate Black experiences into our daily planning and growth
• to continue to learn and expand our knowledge
• to be anti-racist in our mission and among our staff and Board of Directors
We recognize that we have much work to do. We encourage anyone who is interested to reach out if they have questions or would like to join our efforts. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What are people saying about Be a Part of the Conversation?
Anonymous feedback from program participants.
“Please please please continue your knowledge sharing and spreading word and awareness. Thank you!! Thank you!!!”
“It is so helpful to hear from a mix of professionals and real life folks who have been through the recovery process.”
“This will help me to spread the word and educate my community!”
“What amazing work you are doing. Providing a platform for these influential humans to speak to the rest of us is so appreciated and valuable. Keep up the great work! Always trying to think how more people could have the privilege of hearing your programs.”
“So Informative and professionally done as always.”
“I have shared the recorded webinars with my staff after every session. I also share every upcoming advertised webinar. I can do so knowing your presenters and information is, and has always been, top quality.
“Keep up the good work! I learn so much from your presentations.”
”This was great info that will change the words I use in conversations with my kids.”
“I am in awe of your grasp of technology and the ability to bring important issues to the public despite the COVID crisis.”
“Absolutely the best program I have ever heard on cannabis.”
“It was so helpful to hear from parents who have experienced addiction with their children.”
“The young woman who is in recovery was very compelling. I appreciated her honesty and courage in sharing her story.”
“I learned how to talk to my youngest about substances.”
“I’ve been following Be a Part of the Conversation for a number of years now. I’ve attended several live events as well as some virtual events. Over the past few years, I’ve learned that three of my four children experimented with cannabis and I feel that the lessons I learned in your lectures helped to prepare me for those situations. Thank you!”
“Your presentation is thoughtful, approachable and educational. I really enjoyed the doctor’s authentic approach and the panelists genuine relating of their knowledge and experience.”
“(The person in recovery) gave the topic a face. Life stories are always helpful.”