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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 host an underage drinking prevention event 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.

Host 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: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event

Welcome to Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings 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 partners, community and youth-led coalitions, colleges, and universities nationwide, host events to mobilize their communities to prevent underage drinking. Since 2006, more than 10,000 SAMHSA-supported events have been held across the country.

Every two years, SAMHSA distributes planning stipends to organizations recommended by the National Prevention Network and other national partners to help local hosts increase the impact of their events.

Watch our registration video tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to register for a Communities Talk event.

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 event in their communities. Additionally, a Planning Guide for Colleges and Universities is available to support participation among institutions of higher education. Get started today!

The comprehensive Hosting a Communities Talk Toolkit (PDF | 2.6MB) is an all-inclusive guide for first-time hosts and for hosts who want to expand the impact of their events. The toolkit includes detailed steps for planning an event, promoting an event using traditional and social media, strategies for evaluating an event, and how to sustain your community’s commitment to preventing underage drinking after hosting an event.

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