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SAMHSA’s 2019 Communities Talk stipend cycle is now closed, and we are no longer accepting stipend registrations. We encourage you to still hold an underage drinking prevention activity in your neighborhood using the Communities Talk resources. The next cycle is scheduled to start January 2021.

Getting Started

Nearly 8 million American youth drink alcohol, illegally and dangerously.

Underage drinking costs communities billions annually.

Hold a meeting to:

  • educate your community about underage drinking, and
  • learn how to mobilize to take action.
Getting Started

Getting Started Planning a Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking Activity

Welcome to Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking. This initiative is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as the lead agency for the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.

Each year, community-based organizations, including our national collaborating organizations, community and youth-led coalitions, colleges, and universities nationwide, hold activities to mobilize their communities to prevent underage drinking. Since 2006, more than 11,000 SAMHSA-supported activities have been held across the country.

Approximately every two years, SAMHSA distributes planning stipends to organizations recommended by the National Prevention Network and other national collaborating organizations to help local community leaders increase the impact of their activities. However, Communities Talk activities happen every year to build momentum behind this prevention movement.

Read our Planning Guides

The Quick Start Planning Guide includes everything community-based organizations need to know to quickly and easily begin organizing a results-oriented underage drinking prevention activity. Additionally, a Planning Guide for Colleges and Universities is available to support participation among institutions of higher education. Get started today!

The comprehensive Planning of a Communities Talk Toolkit is an all-inclusive guide for first-time organizers and for organizers who want to expand the impact of their activities. The toolkit includes detailed steps for planning an activity, promoting an activity using traditional and social media, strategies for evaluating an activity, and how to sustain your community’s commitment to preventing underage drinking after organizing an activity.

Explore Additional Resources

  • SAMHSA's Talk. They Hear You. campaign and The Sound of Your Voice video and guide for parents of graduating high school seniors.
  • The Tips and Resources webpage has more details on planning, promoting, and gauging the impact of an activity.
  • The State Resources webpage has the latest state data on underage drinking, success stories from your state, and underage drinking prevention videos.
  • The What's New webpage has the latest news and information on substance use prevention resources and strategies.