CapTech and Center for Prevention Services Launch First in the Nation Drug and Alcohol Prevention
Mobile Application for Youth
Innovative Apparo-led Community Impact Project uses technology to prevent youth drug and alcohol use
CHARLOTTE, NC- [November 17, 2016] - Can an interactive mobile application prevent youth from using
drugs and alcohol? CapTech, a national management and information technology consulting firm, and
two Charlotte nonprofits, Apparo and the Center for Prevention Services, believe it can. Through a
unique partnership, the three have launched a first-of-its-kind mobile application called
'Lead the Way' that will engage and educate young people about substance abuse in a relatable way
and is currently available in the Apple store.
"'Lead the Way' is mobile tool that will help build a child's character, give them confidence, and
enhance their decision making. CapTech is honored to be the technology developers behind this
important project," said Errol Restelli, Principal at CapTech. "We believe technology can be an
efficient and effective tool to prevent drug and alcohol abuse among the younger generation and we
are excited to lead the way."
'Lead the Way' will help strengthen students through communication, decision making, and
self-esteem boosting activities in conjunction with the "Learn to Lead" course offered by the
Center for Prevention Services. Participants can use the application to take quizzes, share their
results, and create a personal Coat of Arms they can display, discuss, and share with friends and
"Prevention works," said Angela Allen, Executive Director of the Center for Prevention Services.
"If we can reach students before they become addicted, we can teach them how to cope with life's
challenges without turning to substances. The 'Lead the Way' app gives us a new and exciting way to
reach students in a way that resonates with them. The 'Lead the Way' mobile application wouldn't be
possible without Apparo."
Apparo is Charlotte's only local nonprofit dedicated to helping other nonprofits with their
specific business or technology needs. Apparo's volunteer opportunities allow corporate volunteers
to use their skills to make a positive impact on the community. By providing employees the
opportunity to give back via IT education, training, and providing IT solutions to local
nonprofits, corporations improve employee retention, increase collaboration skills, propel
"This project was birthed through Apparo's Community Impact Project's skilled volunteer program and
we couldn't be more proud," said Kim Lanphear, Executive Director of Apparo. "This is a powerful
example of what can be accomplished when our corporate partners step up to the plate to donate
their time and talents to help local nonprofits in need. The sky is the limit."