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Communities Talk Events: 2016 Highlights

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0% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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0% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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0% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.

Featured Success Story

Student Advocates Pave the Way in Pennsylvania

Hosted by: Coalition Pathways, Inc.

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Since the inception of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking, Coalition Pathways has been an active participant in every cycle. Erie County has been working on underage drinking prevention for years, holding events for rural, urban, and suburban audiences and appealing to middle school, high school, and college students.

February 27, 2016
Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking, Parental Involvement in Prevention
Erie County, Pennsylvania

In 2016

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74% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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80% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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80% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.

2016 at a Glance

Success comes in many forms, and SAMHSA encourages its event organizers to customize their prevention events to meet the unique needs of their communities and define success in their own setting.

Success can be measured in one or multiple ways, such as:

  • Number of participants, sponsors, or hosts
  • Increase in community awareness of prevention topics and issues
  • Underage drinking prevention activities planned as a result of the event

Explore other Success Stories to learn how Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking events are working across the country, and see how other communities are measuring their event success.


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Connecting Prevention Partners Across Albany and Beyond

The University at Albany (UAlbany) is home to almost 13,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students from around the world. For more than a decade, UAlbany has experienced steady declines in student alcohol use and related problems. This trend is due in large part to the work of the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which is recognized as a national leader in the prevention of underage drinking.

10/02/2016
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation
Albany, New York

Bridging Generations in Chicago

Many residents, business owners, and law enforcement personnel in Chicago’s West Garfield Park have long been concerned about youth access to alcohol, because alcohol is one of the leading causes of death and violence in their community. And even though these community stakeholders report illegal alcohol sales, and the court system charges and fines the offenders, the activity continues.

10/03/2016
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation
Chicago, Illinois

Educating to Avoid Enabling: Parents Preventing Underage Drinking at Home

In Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach in California—what’s known as the Beach Cities community—underage drinking has recently become a problem that people are paying attention to. The community’s high rates of underage drinking compared to the rest of the state are attributed to environmental factors such as affluence, stress, and social norms. Another factor—the high number of alcohol-licensed retailers in the area—may be why youths don’t have difficulty accessing alcohol.

04/28/2016
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies
Hermosa Beach, CA

Inspired and Empowered Youth: Working to Prevent Underage Drinking and Change Social Norms

In September 2015, the Roseville City Council in California passed a Social Host Ordinance, which states that adults who allow drinking by underage guests in their home can face a fine—as much as $1,000 for a third offense. The Roseville Police Department and the Placer County Youth Commission (PCYC) both supported the ordinance, saying that it would help change social norms and provide needed education.

03/09/2016
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation
Placer County, CA

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