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The next Communities Talk stipend cycle will open in January 2021.

Getting Started

Nearly 15 million American youth aged 12-20 drink alcohol, illegally and dangerously.

Underage drinking costs communities billions annually.

Hold an activity 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 Guide

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. The guide includes detailed steps for planning an activity, tips for promoting an activity using traditional and social media, tips for sharing your work, and commonly asked questions about holding a Communities Talk activity.

Watch the Registration Tutorial

This short video explains the registration process and will help you gather the correct documentation to apply for a Communities Talk stipend.

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.