October 3, 2019
Occupation: Community Prevention Educator, The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County, Inc. (CAPE)
Location: Dutchess County, NY
(845) 765-8301 ex. 104
Crissy Groenewegen is a Community Prevention Educator at The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County, Inc. (CAPE). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Adolescent Psychology and a Master’s degree in School Counseling and Pupil Services. She is certified as a school counselor in both NYS and Connecticut. While interning at Millbrook Middle/High School in 2013, Crissy was awarded the NYS School Counseling Graduate Student Award for her innovative ideas for school counseling programming. Having always had a penchant for the helping fields, she is passionate about working with youth and their families.
Crissy is passionate about the work she does and of being part of CAPE’s mission to support the community and be part of the solution to combat the vaping crises affecting our communities. She is just as excited and passionate about supporting the CATCH my Breath mission.
Crissy is married with three children; and has 2 cats and 2 dogs. Family is everything to her, including her pets, especially her 4-year-old Pitbull, Loki! Besides spending time with family and doting on her pets, Crissy loves reality television, going to the movies and live theater, disco, family game night, and playing Scrabble with her daughter and boyfriend. She also loves traveling, with the Caribbean and Europe being my favorite destinations.
What made you want to get involved in CATCH My Breath?
“As a community prevention educator it is my responsibility to create and deliver prevention education programming to our local schools and community organizations on the risks facing our children, families, and communities, with the hope of reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors for youth, especially. As the the E-Cigarette/Juul epidemic exploded, much of my programming focused on this topic. I became passionate about educating my community on this issue. In addition, as a community educator I am bound to deliver researched, evidence-based information to enhance my presentations and programming. While researching the E-Cigarette epidemic, I happened across the CATCH my Breath program, and found it to be the most up-to date, user friendly, evidence-based information out there. I have used the resources ever since and still see no program that compares. I am excited to represent CATCH in Dutchess County and am excited about incorporating these valuable lessons into the Middle and High Schools in our county!”