My name is Joshua Vacanti and I am a Community Educator, I have the opportunity to bring evidence based programing to schools and communities throughout Erie County. One important role as an educator is to encourage, support, and guide students on the path to best health. I also oversee all social media activity. As The Prevention Council’s Media Specialist, I use social media and other media platforms to combat the stigma associated with substance use-disorders, raise awareness for prevention, and to spread up-to-date information regarding substance use. 

After returning for a new school year, I love running into students I taught previously. Whether it is a quick wave, smile, or a brief greeting, it’s a small reminder that we as Community Educators make a difference in students’ lives… even if we don’t always see that change.

One fun fact about myself is that my favorite place is Disney World. 



“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days, before you’ve actually left them.”

– Andy Bernard from The Office