The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) is seeking individuals to form a Student Advisory Council consisting of students currently enrolled in a Pennsylvania college or university.

CPA's mission is to support drug and alcohol prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse and risk related behaviors.  For us to better serve professionals working in the field, we need the input and guidance from students who have an interest in improving the overall public and behavioral health of their campus and community.

CPA has been in existence for 40 years and is considered the premiere voice of prevention in PA.  We have members from across the commonwealth working for Single County Authorities (SCA's), Higher Education, and Prevention Coalitions (Communities that Care, Drug Free Communities, Tobacco Control, Overdose Prevention, etc.).   A few current initiatives and events CPA coordinates include:

Student Position Description

Members of the CPA Student Advisory Council (SAC) advise the CPA board on the needs of college students.
Student Term of Office

A total of twelve students will serve for one academic year, approximately October to May.

Application Deadline

The application will remain open into the fall semester.  All candidates will be notified of the status of the application.

Advantages and Opportunities for Student Members

  • Developing and honing your leadership skills and becoming an agent for positive change.
  • Networking with amazing student leaders.
  • Adding an impressive credential to your resume.
  • Immediate consideration for a full scholarship to attend the annual CPA conference.
  • Some level of participation at the annual CPA conference (June in State College, PA).
  • Interview opportunities and job leads at CPA statewide agencies and coalitions.
  • Job networking opportunities with professionals in the field.

Student Responsibilities

  • Checking email regularly; email is the primary communication vehicle for the Student Advisory Council
  • Participation in at least 80% of all CPA meetings throughout the year. CPA meets in State College, PA.  However, your participation can occur via Zoom.
  • Participate as a member of the CPA Collegiate Committee. For committee description and goals, please go to the CPA Website and select the Collegiate Committee tab under committees and news. The CPA Collegiate Committee is made up of prevention professionals from across the state. The Committee will help coordinate the activities of the CPA Student Advisory Council and mentor student members.
  • Promote the CPA Student Membership program to other collegiate students.
  • Developing student level, student-led initiative(s).
  • Submit your resume and a letter of recommendation after completing your application (see student application instruction below).

Student Requirements

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the CPA student membership fee of $15 will be waived for the October 2020-May 2021 period.

  • Be a current CPA member, at an annual membership rate of $15.00. See more details below under student membership in CPA (waived).
  • Currently enrolled in a Pennsylvania college or university.
  • Be an active member of the CPA Collegiate Committee.
  • Participate via Zoom or in-person at monthly CPA Board of Director Meetings. You will not have to attend the entire meeting – just the student advisory portion.
  • At the end of the term, CPA student advisory council members will be expected to provide a short narrative on the successes and challenges of their experience on the CPA Advisory Council.

Student Membership in CPA

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the CPA student membership fee of $15 will be waived for the October 2020-May 2021 period.

The Student Advisory Council members shall be CPA members in good standing.  To become a member of CPA please go to the Membership Tab on the CPA Website.   Membership can be paid via credit card or check (waived).  If you have any questions about this process, please contact the CPA Executive Director, Jeff Hanley at

Student Application Instruction

To become a member of the CPA Student Advisory Council, please fill click the application button at the bottom of the page.

  • After opening the application, a log in box will appear. Please just “x” out of this box in the top right corner and begin the application process.

Listed immediately below are the 5 questions you will be asked as part of the application.  Please keep in mind that for each answer you are limited to 1,024 characters and spaces.

  1. Why do you wish to become a member of the CPA Student Advisory Council?
  2. What qualities, strengths, skills, interests, and/or experiences would you bring to the CPA Student Advisory Council?
  3. In your opinion what are two of the most pressing substance use/misuse prevention issues facing students on your campus now? Why?
  4. Have you ever attended any substance use/misuse prevention events sponsored by CPA or other groups on or off your campus? If yes, please list and describe.
  5. List any campus organizations and/or departments with which you are most closely connected and the leadership roles you have held on campus that are not already included on your enclosed resume?

Please remember to submit your resume and a letter of recommendation to Jeff Hanley, at