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Pinnacle CDC dba Durham T.R.Y. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2003





Drug Free Communities Support Program Grantee

ONDCP has announced  $7.9 million in new Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grants to 60 communities and 6 new DFC Mentoring grants across the country. These grants provide community coalitions needed support to prevent and reduce youth substance use.Try address alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs. 

Drug Free Community Support Program 2012 - 2017 
North Carolina Prevent Underage Drinking 2016
Durham Alcohol Beverage Commission 2016
MSI HIV SA Prevention - NCCU 2016-2019
Division of Community Health/NPCC Chronic Pain Initiative 2015-2016
Durham Civitan The Exchange Club
Pinnacle CDC dba Together for Resilient Youth (TRY) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2003. TRY's Policies and Procedures comply with federal and state requirements. TRY prevents substance abuse among youth and overtime adults by reducing community risk factors through advocacy, education, mobilization and action. Together for Resilient Youth (TRY) is a Drug Free Community Support Program grantee (DFC) in year 4 of the award. DFC grantee coalitions must be established community-based youth substance use prevention groups capable of effecting community- level change.

What is a coalition? A coalition is defined as a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among groups or sectors of a community in which each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. TRY is a mature coalition led by Wanda Boone, founder and Executive Director as the change facilitator.

About the Executive Director: Wanda Boone is the Champion of Change Facilitator. She has engaged almost all formal and informal leaders with a large segment of youth and parents to be involved in the advancement of prevention activities. Wanda is a member of influential national, statewide and local committees that will further advance the goals of TRY's comprehensive prevention action plan to reduce the outcomes of drug use and misuse that can be linked to crime, school suspensions, health, mental health, addiction, suicide attempts and accidental overdoses. She is a Co-founder of the East Durham Children's Initiative, Member of the Governor's Task Force on Substance Use and Gangs, a Co-Chair on the Mayor's Poverty Reduction Initiative Public Safety and Health Subcommittees, Member of the Durham Crime Cabinet, Agency member of the Misdemeanor Diversion Program, Chair of the Health Committee of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, Member of the City-Wide PAC, Vice Chair, Northeast Central Durham Leadership Council, Member of the Duke Population Health Improvement Leadership Advisory Board; Member School Advisory Group for the Duke Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Collaborative; Member Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and NC Health Disparities Workgroup.

Surgeon General's Recognition: The Office of the US Surgeon General stated his appreciation for TRY, "for bringing the National Prevention Strategy priorities to life in [your] community. [Your] organization has built a large grassroots coalition with engaged stakeholders from a variety of sectors which is quite impressive". TRY is a spotlight member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse National Drug Facts Week Initiative.

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The Board of Directors

Chair: Terence Maloney, Special Education Educator

Secretary: Joshua Ladd

Treasurer: Darnell Greene, Masters Criminal Justice 

Executive Director

Wanda Boone, T.R.Y. Founder Doctoral Candidate

Representative Office of the White House Faith and Community Partnerships for NC

Governor's Task Force on Substance Use, Education and Gangs 

Co-Founder, East Durham Children's Initiative

Chair African American Improvement Project

Vice Chair, Northeast Central Durham Leadership Council

Duke Population Health Improvement Leadership Advisory Board,

School Advisory Group for the Duke Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Collaborative

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

NC Talk it Out! Initiative






Advisory Board

L'Tanya Gilchrist, Community Health Worker, Dept. of Health District 1

Nancy Kneepkens, District 2 Facilitator, Data Specialist MI

Mindy Solie, District 3 Member, Realtor

Harold Chestnut District 4 & City-Wide, Retired Businessman

Coalition Members

William "Bill" Bell, Mayor

Steve Schewel, City Council

Ellen Reckhow, County Commissioner

Wendy Jacobs, County Commissioner

Mike Andrews, Sheriff, Durham County

Pastor C. Earl Boone, Alcohol Drug Council of NC

Spencer Bradford, DCIA

John & Marlene Williams,  Nora Whitehead, Hilda Coppedge, Stacy Russell - Parents

Keith Dos Rios, Director Holton Career & Resource Center

Alonzo B. Burch, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Howard Clement III, Durham City Council, Retired

Carol Calloway, Community Advocate

Minnie Forte-Brown, Durham Public Schools Board Vice Chair

Mina Forte-Ferguson, DPS PBIS

Elizabeth Gifford, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

Eric Ireland, Deputy Director Health Dept

Katrina McCoy, TV Editor

Gloria & Ernie Mills, Durham Rescue Mission

Dr. Evelyn Schmidt, Retired

Cindy Haynes, Duke Chronic Pain Initiative

Pamela Taylor, Durham Public Schools

Hazeline Umstead, District 3 & Lyon Park

Meredith Weinstein, Juvenile Justice Institute, NCCU

Ann Oshel, Alliance Behavioral Health 


Bands Against Destructive Decisions B.A.D.D. Leaders

Diamond Estes

Richard Jefferson

Angie Mejia

Ogechi Onuigbo

Saraya Ashley

Shi'Chia Cook


College T.R.Y. Coordinator

 Angie Mejia

Jayleen Dawson

Chuk Okereke




The School for Creative Studies


Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College


Durham School of the Arts


Durham Community BADD


Wake County Community BADD


Cumberland County Community BADD


Action for Reaction in Maple Grove, Minnesota


San Bernadino High School, California


Newport News, Virginia

T.R.Y. 2016 IMPACT here
T.R.Y. 2015 IMPACT here

T.R.Y. 2014 IMPACT! here

T.R.Y. 2013 IMPACT here 








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