|In 1990, as an athlete and coach
for international competition in two sports, Stephen M. Apatow,
an interest in expanding from the elite arts and Olympic development
level to youth leadership and development. His first national
Across America for Substance Abuse Prevention
was coordinated with the National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol
and opened the first toll free hotline for the federal resource for
and alcohol information. Today, this project is recognized as the
touch outreach ever coordinated by the Office for Substance Abuse
(now known as the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention), a branch of
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In 1993, he set out on his next
a 3000 mile "Run Across America for Hunger, Homelessness,
Community Service," in a relay with Timothy Gannon, also from
Connecticut. For 133 days, from Washington D.C.
San Francisco, California, Apatow and Gannon ran 25-40 miles per day, met with the
directors of frontline service programs, conducted talks on community
for youth leadership programs and press conferences. The project was completed
in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, with July
1993 being named Stephen M. Apatow and Timothy Gannon Day in the city
San Francisco, California.
The cross section of unmet needs
in both national projects led to the formation of the nonprofit
Resource Institute in 1994.
Years Later - 1993-2013
Efforts to specifically address
the unmet needs of frontline service programs, defined during the 1993 "Run Across America"
project, were transitioned into unmet needs based strategic planning in
every city/county area of the United States through the America's
Action Plan for Community Service. Specific unmet needs
relating community support systems for veterans and
their families is being coordinated through the Not
Forgotten: Restore Warriors Project.
additional information contact:
Founder, Director of Research & Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute
Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies
Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law