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NEOBHC Teen Truth

The Communities Talk activity, hosted by the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition, was an educational session to share knowledge and empower youth to advocate for themselves and learn about the impact of underage drinking and substance use and misuse. Our work was to create a positive change in our communities.

Cleveland, OH

This Communities Talk activity was a project hosted by the West Chester Communities that Care organization to help youth in the West Chester area create a public health campaign on alcohol prevention. The campaign was shared via Instagram and received over 12,000 views.

It’s Time We Talk, Connecting our community through mental health conversations

The Barrington Adult Youth (BAY) team held a mental health and wellness fair at our local library. BAY is a part of the Barrington Prevention Coalition, a community-based organization with a mission to promote a safe and healthy community, educate about mental health through communication and collaboration, and prevent alcohol misuse and substance use.

Barrington, RI


A 2-hour workshop held in May 2023 at the University of Denver Colorado focused on prevention of substance and alcohol misuse primarily targeting first-year students. It was an open discussion for students to voice their concerns about underage drinking and substance use and misuse on campus. University counselors, wellness staff, and other administrative school staff were present to answer questions about campus life and social behavior. Information was provided by school staff to help students make good choices.

Denver, CO

One Pill Can Kil

A Friday Night Live program had an in-person presentation about the dangers of fentanyl in our communities. Two professionals answered frequently asked questions after the presentation.

Fairfield, CA

2023 Health Class Substance Abuse Prevention Program

A community-based organization that offers schools and churches a variety lessons on teaching substance use and misuse prevention and education held a series of Communities Talk activities. As part of the series, the organization visited several Pennsylvania school district middle and high school health classes and taught students the effects of alcohol on areas such as personal health, social interactions, family/society, driving safety.

Reading ( Muhlenberg Twps.), Mt. Penn, Hamburg, Palmyra, and Harrisburg (Central Dauphin), PA

Faith and Blue Community Health and Wellness

Beyond The Bell collaborated with the Conyers, Georgia, Police Department as well as the Conyers faith-based community to provide community members with information regarding the health and safety of our youth and families. The collaborative event featured a guest speaker who in the past battled alcohol and drug addiction and was able to recover and provide relative information to young people about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. The event included information on the dangers of underage drinking and marijuana use, and local law enforcement officers and government officials were in attendance. The format was an outdoor town hall meeting held in the pavilion on Main Street in Conyers, Georgia. 


Conyers, GA

Let s Talk: Substance Abuse (Including Alcohol)

Various presentations were held to increase awareness on a college campus about various topics, including substance use, misuse, and addiction activities, particularly regarding opioids, cannabis, ethanol, and kratom.

West Palm Beach, FL

Thrive Halloween Party

The University of Denver’s Health Promotion team hosted a Halloween-themed alcohol education health fair. The event included stationed activities and resources from campus partners such as our student conduct office, student support office, health and counseling center, catering team (which provided mocktails), and collegiate recovery community. The event focused on building skills around ideas like standard drink sizes, safer drinking strategies, school-specific data relating to alcohol, and how to access resources on campus about preventing alcohol use.

Littleton, CO

E.T.O.H. - Educating Their Own Homes

The Change Lanes Communities Talk activity included a prevention education presentation, distribution of underage drinking prevention materials, and youth engaging in a play entitled “Why Momma Why.” This play was written and performed by youth. There were also community vendors and distribution of community resources.

Lancaster, CA

SADD Book Club

The Student Against Destructive Decisions Summer Reading Program incentivized all NY SADD students to participate in a virtual opportunity to engage with books and stories that focused on substance uses and mental health.

Albany, NY

YMAD Youth Town Hall Meeting

The Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance held a prevention activity at East Bay High School in Hillsborough County, Florida. The activity was youth-led and adult-guided.  


Tampa, FL

Those who host, lose the most!

A coalition in Oklahoma developed a social host handout to distribute to community members during local middle school and high homecoming activities.

Tahlequah, OK

LOL- Learning Out Load

The Communities Talk activity we held was a discussion panel of community members who came to talk with students about alcohol and drug misuse. This event helped create a comfortable environment for students to learn and hear various perspectives on how drug and alcohol misuse can affect not only students but also their communities and families.

Ozark, AL

This Communities Talk activity was hosted by W.E. Striplin Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) at the W.E. Striplin Elementary School career fair. The students of SADD and school staff were able to bring awareness and share resources on drug and alcohol misuse with the community where many parents, staff, and community members attended.

Community Data Walk

The Communities Talk activity was a Community Data Walk where we presented community statistics and risk factors for youth. During this walk, attendees were divided into four groups and spent about 7–10 minutes at each poster with a trained facilitator. Each group had a form and was encouraged to suggest solution-based ideas that could improve the data and their community.

Fayetteville, WV

Meet and Greet

The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth held a meet-and-greet for local community leaders to network and learn about the work the coalition has done over the past year to prevent youth substance use. Attendees learned about current trends in youth substance use in Riverhead, what the coalition is doing to address these trends, and how these issues impact the health and safety of the community

Riverhead, NY

Community Talks Prevention in our Community

A Tennessee coalition held a Communities Talk prevention community teen dance. The activity was promoted in media outlets throughout DeKalb County. Around 700 middle school-aged students attended the event.

Smithville , TN

Student Wellness Conference

County Attorney’s Office held annual wellness conference for middle and high school students. Over 350 students and chaperones attended the conference. Special guest speakers and resource tables provided information on prevention, substance use, and consequences in the Worchester County community.

Paxton, MA

Penquis Dine and Discuss

The Communities Talk activity, the “Penquis Valley Dine and Discuss,” was hosted by the Northern Light Mayo Hospital and took place in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. The event’s discussion began with a PowerPoint deck showcasing the results from the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, which is a biennial survey to parents and community members, and discussing how we can work together to empower youth to make better decisions.

Milo, ME

Hiding in Plain Sight Screening and Community Conversation

The Communities Talk activity was a screening of the documentary “Hiding in Plain Sight” by Ken Burns, which explores youth mental health and addiction. After screening this film, there was a discussion on mental health wellness and how to access care.

San Antonio, TX

Above the Influence: Let s Talk it Out

The Communities Talk activity we hosted was an in-person and virtual roundtable discussion that focused on the effects of underage drinking on high school students.

Oxford, AL

Hidden in Plain Sight

The Communities Talk event hosted by Influence the Choice was a two-part activity with an interactive “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit followed by a discussion on how to have open conversations with youth about substance misuse and the damage of alcohol.

Issaquah , WA

Spotlighting Strategies for Prevention Learning Lab

Georgia Teen Institute (GTI) is a youth leadership program for youth action teams throughout Georgia that begins with a summer training program and continues with year-round support. Youth action teams attend a four-day residential camp held at Oxford College to develop leadership skills and engage in the Strategic Prevention Framework planning process through workshops, team meetings, and team-building activities. The teams work to plan and implement peer-focused prevention and community service projects. Gwinnett United in Drug Education (GUIDE), Inc. follows up throughout the year with additional training and technical assistance, networking meetings, and monthly reports outlining the teams’ progress. Shape

15 Counties, GA

Dinner and the Diner

Communities That Care Summit County’s Youth Ambassadors hosted an open house for teens in the community to come and talk with one another in a safe, alcohol-free, drug-free supervised environment at a local restaurant. Youth ambassadors facilitated table conversations about mental health and opportunities for youth to be involved in supporting school- or community-wide efforts to reduce youth substance use and suicide.  

Kamas, UT

A Community Conversation on Youth Vaping and Underage Drinking

A Greenfield, Indiana-based prevention coalition assembled local professionals to participate in a panel discussion and conversation with our local parents and professionals, centered on both underage drinking and youth vaping.

Greenfield, IN

Town Hall Meeting

Youth ambassadors from local high schools hosted a teen night to address substance misuse and bullying. The free event featured a volleyball tournament, the Just Dance video game, a yoga and mindfulness class, and an art class. Youth-led organizations, charitable organizations, faith-based groups, and local businesses supported the teen night.

Jena , LA

Hidden In Plain View

The Butler County We Can Be Drug Free Coalition hosted a back-to-school fair with over 624 attendees. The coalition operates under the umbrella of the Butler County Community Resource Council. The Butler County Community Resource Council is one of twenty community partnerships located across Missouri that are tasked with improving outcomes for children and families.

Poplar Bluff, MO

Camp staff awareness training

The Amudim, a Jewish organization based in New York City, raised awareness about prevention and awareness efforts relating to alcohol and drug misuse in preparation for the upcoming camp season with NCSY. Counselors and camp staff received education in identifying signs of misuse and prevention efforts in ensuring that the camp community remains safe and substance free for campers and staff alike.

Baltimore, MD

The Shawnee Braves hosted a family fun night featuring carnival style games and created a substance-free place for families to enjoy time together. Students who attended with family members were given tickets to play games to win Brave Bucks to buy prizes. The event included resource tables and signs about alcohol and substance use. Event coordinators gave families resources as they entered.

A Community Conversation: So, Hadley Youth Substance Use

Youth ambassadors from local high schools hosted a teen night to address substance misuse and bullying. The free event featured a volleyball tournament, the Just Dance video game, a yoga and mindfulness class, and an art class. Youth-led organizations, charitable organizations, faith-based groups, and local businesses supported the teen night.  


South Hadley, MA

South Illinois University-Edwardsville Counseling Services (SIUE) hosted a Communities Talk activity called Recovery for All, a college fair-like event on the campus. Various prevention agencies from the Southern Illinois area participated in the fair by exhibiting resources and having dialogue with students on substance misuse prevention and treatment.  


Better Make Room

Doughboys Give Back held their prevention activity at Pershing High School in Detroit, Michigan. It included art displays, a roundtable discussion with teens, parents, and a  panel, and resource tables from organizations referencing teenage alcohol misuse and prevention.  Event planning was led by a sophomore high school student. 

Detroit, MI

Responsible Server Training

Alcohol misuse among young adults ages 21 and older can stem from overpouring of alcohol and lack of awareness on standard drink sizes. REACH wanted to address this in Calumet County. So, they hosted a certified responsible beverage server course focusing on standardized pouring sizes.

Chilton, WI

Blackford County Task Force

THC vaping has been rapidly increasing in schools in Indiana. Drug Free Blackford County held a prevention activity that led to a vaping task force.

Hartford City, IN

Power of You(th) Presentation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held a youth presentation at Incline High School for just over 100 students and staff.

Albuquerque, NV

MCPYA Teen Night

Youth ambassadors from local high schools hosted a teen night to address substance misuse and bullying. The free event featured a volleyball tournament, the Just Dance video game, a yoga and mindfulness class, and an art class. Youth-led organizations, charitable organizations, faith-based groups, and local businesses supported the teen night.

London, OH

2023 Spring Conference

The Morgan County Substance Abuse Council in Mooresville, Indiana, hosted an all-day free conference for parents, educators, and the whole community. There were over 100 attendees, 25 resources tables, and speakers from various prevention sectors.

Mooresville, IN

Community Talks - Addiction and Young People

The Spink County Coalition in conjunction with the University of South Dakota (USD) and the Redfield Public School will be hosting lecture and "talk" forum with Redfield Middle School and High School students.  In addition, students from USD opened the discussion with their experience with addiction to nicotine and alcohol in their first year on campus.

Redfield, SD

Recovery Day 2023

An organization continues substance misuse prevention efforts after 30 years. The BASES organization successfully trained 25 individuals on trauma, substance misuse, recovery, and behavioral health.

Charlevoix, MI

Hope and Beyond Mental Health Matters

Middle and high school students addresses underage drinking and mental health during various prevention activities and the development of prevention resources.  The Communities Talk activities created an ongoing conversation with students, parents, and community partners concerning the health and well-being of students and their needs. Activities also led to an increase in student involvement in their 2022 prevention efforts. 

Tigard, OR

Drug Free Looks Like Me

For the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Red Ribbon Week, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Inc. developed video skits about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use.

Cassville, GA

Underage Drinking in Cabarrus County Mental Health Task Force

Amazing Grace Advocacy collaborated with the Cabarrus County Mental Health Task Force to host a discussion on underage drinking, with the goal to develop stronger programs to address and treat alcohol misuse in the community.

Concord, NC

"Protect Your Crew"

The “Protect Your Crew” event was a fair-style activity that provided educational materials to start the conversation about preventing underage drinking and substance misuse on campus and aimed to reach both undergraduate and graduate students.

West Hartford, CT

Teachers Talk

This Communities Talk activity involved middle and high school teachers and other educators gathering to discuss underage drinking and substance use. The discussion was held at a local business establishment.

Hamtramck, MI

Empower Fall Fest

A county-based coalition helped sponsored a variety of prevention activities during Red Ribbon Week. Its Communities Talk event involved having Miss Minnesota as a guest speaker at a local high school and community festival, as she is also a trained preventionist who is passionate about preventing underage drinking and promoting healthy choices.

Fairmont, MN

Families Talk Prevention

A virtual and in-person “Families Talk Prevention” event highlighted the importance of family discussions regarding alcohol and alcohol prevention efforts.

Wooster, OH

Barrington Alcohol Scorecard Community Review

The Barrington Prevention Coalition held a virtual event to create a video public service announcement on improving alcohol prevention efforts. This activity involved reflecting on and discussing alcohol use, access, law enforcement, and policy regarding alcohol prevention in the community.

Barrington, RI

Every Person Impacts Community (EPIC) Businesses Project

This Communities Talk activity involved the distribution of public service announcements and media to recruit participants for the Every Person Impacts Community (EPIC) Businesses project. EPIC businesses are those that do great work to prevent underage drinking.

Cape Girardeau, MO

United Community Resource Council Communities Talk Underage Drinking Townhall

This Communities Talk activity included a Zoom meeting presentation on the data found in the Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment (APNA). This assessment shared insights on underage drinking and other risky behaviors in schools.

Calhoun County, AR

Cascade County Community Health Symposium

This Communities Talk activity, a virtual symposium, provided an opportunity for community members to participate and provide feedback on the priorities of the Cascade County community, including underage drinking and other related topics. Over the next few years, feedback and discussion from this symposium will be used to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan to guide coalition work in Great Falls, Montana.

Great Falls, MT

Festival of HOPE

This Communities Talk activity was an event that included both information and mocktail drinks to encourage attendees to enjoy fancy drinks without alcohol. Youth and parents attended this event and were provided with mocktail recipe books, informational flyers, and brochures. Since there were many partners in attendance, many substances were covered, as well as physical and mental health.

Detroit, MI

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Wellness Event

An online discussion hosted by a group of students from the San José State University Public Health department addressed mental health, substance abuse, and wellness. This event included a virtual discussion and two presenters who spoke on mental health, substance abuse, and wellness.

San Jose, CA

Remembering Kelsey: Paint the Town Purple

Remembering Kelsey is a joint project between the Bay Area Alliance for Youth & Families and the Kelsey Nalepa Foundation. The Kelsey Nalepa Foundation was created after a young girl in the community was killed in a car crash involving a drunk driver. This activity incorporated the Paint the Town Purple campaign, where yard signs were distributed throughout the community to raise awareness about the consequences of driving while intoxicated and other dangers of alcohol use.

League City, TX

Virtual Townhall on Roger Williams University's Medical Amnesty Policy

This Communities Talk activity was an online presentation for the students at Roger Williams University. The goal of the event was to share research conducted by the East Bay Regional Coalition on the medical amnesty policy related to underage and binge drinking to make students aware of this amnesty policy and reduce underage drinking on campus.

Bristol, RI

Back-to-School Summer Bash

Three youth organizations from local high schools collaborated to organize a back-to-school summer bash. The event attracted an entire community with arts, entertainment, a mini food pantry, resource tables, and more. The Advocate, Collaborate, Treat (ACT) Drug-Free Community Coalition also gave away more than 500 backpacks containing school supplies.

Wayne County, MI

An Ounce of Prevention Has Never Weighed More: The Value of Addressing Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use

This virtual activity, a presentation from an Associate Professor in Psychology and Behavioral Services at the University of Washington discussed the effective prevention around alcohol another drug use can have direct impacts on substance use by youth, adolescents, young adults, and Port Angeles' communities at large.

Port Angeles, WA

Life of an Athlete

A prevention organization in Mississippi hosted a virtual presentation to three local high school football teams to teach coaches and athletes about how alcohol use affects a person’s physical, mental, and social development, both on and off the field.

Vicksburg, MS

Parent Educational Video

A local school district and community coalition developed a short video, hosted by a parent, that explores the many implications (health, safety, education, and legal) of underage drinking. The video was shared at school board and community meetings, as well as on local district and town officials’ websites.

Rochester, NY

The Marion County SAPC Videos

The Marion County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (SAPC) worked together to create three separate videos about underage alcohol and substance abuse prevention. Each video focused on a specific audience – parents, teens, and the community. The videos were disseminated throughout Marion County's school districts, on organizations social media pages, and on other websites.

Hillsboro, KS

CHOICES 2021 Youth Dialogue Day

This community coalition designed an underage drinking prevention activity which took place in a live court setting. The students who observed the live court session witnessed the long-lasting effects that drunk driving and drug use have on the individual, their families and public safety.

Bloomfield Hills, MI

National Prevention Week Social Media Campaign

The New Britain Local Prevention Council (NBLPC) ran a week-long social media campaign highlighting the testimonies of youth in their community as they shared why they chose not to engage in substance use. 

New Britain, CT

Guara Bi Proyecto Guaitiao

Guara Bi, a community-based organization located in Puerto Rico, organized and conducted over 40 Communities Talk activities in various parts of the country to raise awareness of healthy behaviors for young people related to substance misuse and STDs. Although their activities and outreach efforts focused on prevention for young people, they also connected with parents and other community members through their activities. 

Toa Alta, PR


This activity, the #IdRatherBe campaign, intended to reduce underage and dangerous drinking among teens in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, celebrating the things that youth can do rather than drink. Campaign materials included a 30-second video, social media, billboards, and posters.

Lebanon, PA

The More Foundation Community Block Party

The More Foundation, Inc. held an in-person event to educate their community members about the important role that healthy parent-child relationships can have on educating youth about underage drinking and substance misuse.

Concord, NC

Stop Underage Drinking

The African Young Dreamers Empowerment Program Intl. held a community panel discussion to raise awareness about underage drinking prevention and mental health in the African/Black American community in the Federal Way and Des Moines neighborhoods in Washington state.

Federal Way, WA


Bloomsburg University’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Services group collaborated with ProjectConnect, a local nonprofit group, to create a safe space for students to generate healthy relationships and find healthy alternatives to substance misuse on campus.

Bloomsburg, PA

Duchesne County Fair Derby - Parents Empowered Half-Time Sponser

The Northeastern Counseling Center partnered with IMPACT Lift to raise awareness about underage drinking and binge drinking among parents and youth at the most-attended fair in the Roosevelt, Utah, area.

Roosevelt, UT

Community Panel

This Communities Talk activity, hosted by Taylor County Drug Opposition Partnership, was a live, virtual community panel for at-risk youth. Presenters included a nurse, a high school vice principal, a health department representative, a police officer, and a local athletic director. This virtual panel event was also recorded so more students could watch it even if they were not in attendance that day.

Medford, WI

Stopping Underage Drinking Through Education, Dissemination, and Community Inclusion

Florida Atlantic University hosted a webinar on underage drinking for its Communities Talk activity, discussing alcohol’s effects on the body as well as alcohol use behaviors and risk factors. 

West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, FL

Snap Chat Drug Prevention Video Contest

The Drug Free Cherokee (DFC) organization encouraged local students to participate in a Snapchat drug prevention video contest. These 15-second videos focused on substance misuse, underage drinking, and the importance of prevention.

Holly Springs, GA

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

San Francisco State University’s health promotion and wellness program hosted Communities Talk activities in recognition of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Prevention activities included a 5K walk to raise awareness about drinking and driving, Instagram Live events that debunked alcohol misconceptions, and a special on-campus game day.

San Francisco, CA

Neighborhood Engagement Unit Community Wellness Sweep

The Gloversville Police Department and Glove City Coalition reached out to community members in different city wards to promote prevention and share resources to help prevent underage drinking and other substance misuse. They also administered underage drinking surveys to parents to glean information about the current landscape for youth.

Gloversville, NY

Webinar: MADD Alcohol Prevention Strategies for the Holidays

King County organized a webinar for regional youth substance use prevention providers and behavior health system staff to help communities reduce the impact of impaired driving and share critical resources for alcohol and substance use prevention, especially during the holiday season.

Seattle, WA

Positively Austin

This Communities Talk activity was a town hall meeting (held in person and virtually) to discuss substance use prevention and help youth make smarter decisions and healthier choices. It also featured the kickoff for a recognition campaign called Bright Spots, which highlights community members who have made a positive influence on youth in the community.

Austin, MN

Pop Up Movie

Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition hosted a “pop-up movie” for its Communities Talk activity. Before the movie, the coalition shared a video about underage drinking prevention and made other resources available to attendees after the movie concluded. 

Henrico, VA

Amado Town Hall

Pima County Prevention Coalition, in collaboration with several other local community organizations, invited local 6th- through 12th-grade students to a town hall-style event. The event featured workshops and helpful resources for discussing underage drinking prevention and promoting healthy decision-making.

Amado, AZ

“I Did What?” Watch Party and Group Discussion

SADD students put on a one-act play, “I Did What?,” via Zoom to showcase the peer pressures surrounding underage drinking and substance misuse, and the consequences linked to underage drinking. After the play, students had an opportunity to connect and discuss their own experiences, ask questions, and comment on underage drinking and substance misuse.

Various Cities, NY

Drinking and Driving – What Can Happen?

This Communities Talk activity was a virtual meeting where students, parents, and school administrators watched “Jacqui’s Story” to learn about the consequences of driving while intoxicated, especially around holidays like New Year’s Eve.

Los Angeles, CA

Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking Town Hall

The Levittown Community Action Coalition’s two vice presidents conducted a town hall-style meeting to discuss the dangers of underage drinking and to talk with parents about the importance of having open communication with their children.

Levittown, NY

Lunch and Learn: Let's Talk About Underage Drinking

The Prevention Action Alliance held a virtual lunch to discuss underage drinking in its communities, including with other prevention partners and local parents and educators.

Columbus, OH

Explore the Connection: Technology and Addiction

West Chester Communities That Care and the West Chester Area School District partnered to host an online training focused on teaching parents about the impact technology has on mental health and substance misuse.  

West Chester , PA

More than Meets the Eye

Gateway to Prevention and Recovery organized a social media and print campaign aimed at encouraging parents to have conversations with their teens about underage drinking and drug use. They also held an online exercise, with a mock teen bedroom to help parents identify items that look harmless but could indicate their teens are using alcohol or drugs.

Shawnee, OK

Trivia and Pizza Night

The College of St. Scholastica held a trivia game night focused on positive party behavior. Students shared ideas for fun activities that don’t involve drinking and learned drinking facts and statistics from a presentation and trivia questions.

Duluth, MN

Virtual Town Hall Talk

Jackson State University and the Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition held a virtual underage drinking prevention activity to inform their community and youth about the harms of underage drinking and binge drinking.

Jackson, MS

Small Talks Family Meal

Building A Safer Evansville (BASE) coalition partnered with a local restaurant to host the “Small Talks Family Meal,” an event focused on providing parents/guardians with information and resources to talk to their children about the impacts of underage drinking.

Evansville, WI

Red Ribbon Week and Alcohol Prevention

The Brevard Prevention Coalition held a community event during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Red Ribbon Week in collaboration with the National Guard to share educational resources on drugs and alcohol with the youth in their community.

Melbourne, FL

Friday Fun Night: Prevention Night

Utah State University (USU) Health Extension partnered with Parents Empowered, a Utah-based organization, to host an outdoor event that provided children, teens, and their parents with an outlet to learn about underage drinking prevention in a fun and interactive way.

Riverton, UT

Communities Talk: Underage Drinking and Drugs, Prevention, and Getting Help

An Atlanta church organized a workshop on underage drinking, prevention, and support services. The church worked with its local police department and other community-based organizations to address underage drinking and substance misuse in the community.

Snellville, GA

Underage Drinking Prevention Local Newspaper Ad

The Fountain Hills Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition used its Communities Talk activity stipend to place a customized print ad and publish a column about preventing underage drinking, drug overdose, and other related issues in its local newspaper. 

Fountain Hills, AZ

Family Dinner Night with Brad Barton

Marriott-Slaterville City held a family dinner night in collaboration with a world-recording breaking track athlete to provide parents, caregivers, and their teens with the tools and support they need to discuss and prevent underage drinking and substance misuse. 

Marriott-Slaterville City, UT

Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking and Mental Health

This Communities Talk activity, hosted by Siouxland CARES About Substance Abuse and Growing Community Connections, was a virtual town hall on underage drinking and mental health. There were various speakers, including a doctor from the Iowa Poison Control Center and staff from Heartland Counseling Services. There was also a Q&A at the end for parents and students to participate in.

Sioux City, IA

Laredo Youth...Let s F.A.C.E.! & Get Connected Webinar

Prevention organizations collaborated to host a webinar for youth in Laredo, Texas. The webinar featured presentations on preventing underage drinking and identifying substance misuse services. This was a great opportunity for youth and their families to get familiar with the services available to them and ask any questions.

Laredo, TX

Let's Talk Community Town Hall

Texas Southern University Counseling Association brought together several on-campus and community organization to host their Communities Talk activity where they discussed the effects of underage drinking, binge drinking, substance misuse, and mental health.

Houston, TX

Youth Prevention Education Training and Community Survey

The Appleseed Community Mental Health Center held an event to educate Ashland High School teachers about some warning signs and symptoms when a student might be misusing opioids, alcohol, or stimulants, and to make teachers aware of mental health warnings.

Ashland, OH

Be One of Us

Talbert House Prevention Services in Clinton and Warren counties in Wilmington, OH, held an in-person activity aimed toward young adult women and college students to raise awareness about the dangers of binge drinking.

Wilmington, OH

Parent Training

New Hope Solebury Cares held a webinar to discuss underage drinking with their community members. During the webinar they discussed patterns of alcohol use, most common alcoholic beverages consumed by teens, and consumption and distribution laws in their area.

New Hope, PA

Family Game Night

The North Valley Communities Talk event was a family game night hosted at a local elementary school where parents and their children were able to grow their bond by playing board games, having dinner, and learning the dangers of underage drinking. 

Stansbury Park, UT

Empowering Teens To Make Healthy Choices: Parenting For Alcohol And Other Drug Use Prevention

This event included a virtual workshop to educate attendees on how celebrating the holidays and being in Beach Cities increases the risk of youth initiating underage drinking. Community groups came together to share the dangers of alcohol on the developing teens brain, and there was a Q&A. 

Torrance, CA

Underage Drinking Video

The McDowell Youth Forward Coalition in North Carolina created an underage drinking video in collaboration with parents and professional videographers in their community to share with their peers the dangers of underage drinking. 

Marion, NC

Identifying Everyday Dangers in the Lives of Youth

The Sanilac County Prevention Network organized an in-person conference to engage parents, caregivers, educators, and teens to share information on underage drinking prevention.

Sandusky, MI

Alcohol Prevention Day at Auburn Library and Barrow County Farmers Market

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs held two youth-focused prevention events. Both events included an interactive myth vs. fact trivia game and provided parents with prevention resources.

Winder, GA

Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking

United for Prevention in Passaic County held an in-person community event, in partnership with three local prevention organizations, to address underage drinking, substance misuse, and recovery.

Wayne, NJ

Pathway to a Healthy Beginning

Sweetwater County Prevention Coalition held a panel discussion to talk about the panelists’ shared experience with underage drinking and provide the youth community members with educational materials and an open space to ask questions. 

Rock Springs, WY

Harvesting Seeds of Prevention Education: Drug Free Looks like Me

Several departments at Tuskegee University collaborated to host weeklong Communities Talk and Red Ribbon Week events. During their event, the university provided community members with substance misuse prevention resources and played interactive games.

Tuskegee, AL

Underage Drinking Prevention

The Partners for Prevention Coalition held three Communities Talk events to target several audiences and discuss the various points of view regarding alcohol and substance misuse in their community.

Richland Center, WI

Why 21?

The Geneseo Healthy Campus and Community Coalition, in partnership with local college students, held an in-person event to educate middle school and high school students on the effects of underage drinking and substance misuse.

Geneseo, NY

Interactive Drunk Driving Prevention Town Hall for Parents

The Safe Streets Wichita Coalition held an in-person Communities Talk event in collaboration with an annual community event to provide youth and adults with resources regarding underage drinking, alcohol misuse, and impaired driving.

Witchita, KS

Spinning the Wheel of Conversation

The Juvenescence Affect Corporation held an in-person conference to discuss underage drinking prevention with the youth in their community.

Forth Worth, TX

Wadena County Youth Substance Misuse

Wadena County Public Health held an in-person underage drinking presentation to engage its local community and answer any questions youth, or their parents, may have about alcohol and substance misuse.

Wadena, MN

What Youth Need From You

The Park Hill Coalition Alliance For Youth (CAFY) held two Communities Talk events in its town to bring awareness, and provide a safe space, to discuss underage drinking prevention and share helpful resources.

Kansas City, MO

Painting UNtwISted

Hosanna Corporation, a community-based organization, worked with a local Instagram artist and hosted a prevention painting experience for youth where community members came together to bring awareness about underage drinking.

West Park, FL

Not in My Room Trailer

Healthy Communities of Clinton County created a mobile interactive display that traveled to local schools, youth-serving organizations, and community events to spotlight the dangers of substance misuse and alcohol use, and educate parents/guardians about how to have difficult conversations about substance misuse and alcohol use with youth.  

Frankfort, IN

Suicide Prevention Activity

The Student Leadership and Involvement and the Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being at Michigan Tech invited a guest speaker to talk with students about drug and alcohol misuse prevention. 

Houghton, MI

Halloween Book Walk Event with the Great Start Collaborative

The Leeward Initiative Coalition and the Great Start Collaborative held an in-person book walk event to distribute underage drinking and substance misuse prevention materials and engage participants about what kind of community event they would like to attend in the future. 

Ludington, MI

Virtual Communities Town Hall Event

The Midwest Asian Health Association worked alongside the McKinley Park Underage Drinking and Other Substance Abuse Prevention (McK-UDOS) Coalition to host a virtual activity to discuss prevention strategies with their community. 

Chicago, IL

Voices for Recovery

Ursinus College held an event to celebrate the strength and beauty of recovery. The college shared resources for support groups with their campus community and allowed their students to share their own stories about recovery through song and music.

Collegeville, PA

North Shore South Shore Town Hall Meeting

The SAFE, Inc. and Long Beach coalitions held a communitywide event to discuss the dangers of underage drinking, binge drinking, and a new local law—the Safe Host Law—with adults and youth in their Long Island, NY, community.

Glen Cove, NY

Mocktails: A Safe Alternative to Drinking Alcohol

The Aroostook County Action Program held two virtual mocktail parties for people of all ages in their community to discuss alcohol misuse and share educational materials. 

Presque Isle, ME

You Got the Power: The Power of Choice - A Virtual Town Hall

Strengthening Families Building Communities partnered with the West Baltimore Drug-Free Coalition to host a virtual event with youth and parents in their community to discuss healthy coping mechanisms and provide them with an outlet to express their current stressors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baltimore, MD

Check out the new ID

Taylor County Family Resources, along with LAUNCH (a local youth group), met with community leaders to come up with a strategy to better educate store clerks on how to properly check and read identification cards to minimize the distribution and sales of alcohol to underage youth in the community.

Taylor County, WV

Hidden in Plain Sight

Tarleton State University held a hybrid event to begin a conversation around underage drinking, substance misuse, and vaping with parents, administration, and teachers in public schools in Stephenville, TX.

Stephenville, TX

The First Day

SAFE in NM held four virtual town hall meetings to screen the film, THE FIRST DAY, which addressed some of the most difficult issues teens face in terms of addiction, substance abuse, mental health, and other harmful behaviors.

Harbor Springs, MI

High School and Beyond: Preventing Youth Alcohol Misuse

The Program for the Development of Human Potential held an informational webinar about the dangers and risks associated with underage drinking. The webinar also provided tools for parents to identify warning signs of underage drinking.

Richmond Hill, NY

The LOL-Learning Outloud about Preventing Underage Drinking

The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast, Alabama and Ozark City Schools held an in-person event with a panel of guest speakers who shared their knowledge and experience on youth underage drinking.

Ozark, AL

OSAP Virtual Teen Room

The Ottawa County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition created a virtual room simulation. The simulation allowed parents and caregivers to learn about alcohol and substance misuse in their communities and provided them with tips and resources on how to start a prevention conversation with their teens. 

Holland, MI

Talk of the Town Underage Drinking

We held a virtual discussion with parents in DeKalb County, Georgia, to discuss the impact of underage drinking and the effects the pandemic has had on underage drinking.

Atlanta, GA

National Night Out

Westcare Wisconsin, Inc., held a “National Night Out” event with the local police department to provide community members with information about underage drinking and alcohol misuse.

Milwaukee, WI

Audrey Daisy Movie Event

In partnership with other agencies, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (SAPC) held an in-person movie event to show the documentary, Audrie & Daisy, a real-life drama that spotlights the effects of underage drinking, social pressures, cyberbullying, and more.

Lebanon , OH

Fitting In at FSU

For many students, college life holds plenty of new experiences—not all of them healthy. Along with FSU’s University Housing department, which handles infractions in residence halls with underage students and substance use, CHAW hosted an open forum for students on underage drinking, specifically to educate underage students on the university’s recently revised Medical Amnesty Policy. They also tackled issues such as marijuana use, binge-drinking, and alcohol-related overdoses.

Magnolia Hall, FSU
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation

Tackling Prevention in Rural Montana

At the Boys & Girls Club’s family night, held on November 13, 2019, the Keystone Club organized a table on behalf of the HELP Committee, where they distributed information to parents about the social host ordinance in Havre and fines associated with providing alcohol to underage youth. The "Talk. They Hear You." PSAs were playing on TV monitors so families could view them as they were waiting for their dinner, which helped start conversations at the Keystone Club table. There, high schoolers spoke with parents about the importance of starting the conversation with their children about expectations regarding alcohol. They even invited parents to practice by asking them questions as if they were their child. They also helped parents download the "Talk. They Hear You." app so they could practice speaking with their teens about alcohol. Between 175 and 200 people attended the family night, with a 60/40 split of youth to parents. Youth of all ages—not just high school students—attended.

Havre, Montana
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation

Giving Youth More Than a Seat at the Table

Drug Free Cecil has hosted several Communities Talk activities, but the 2019 event was different: It was run by high school students. The Drug Free Cecil Youth Coalition led the development of a Communities Talk rally, which began with several of them giving speeches in a local college auditorium. They also debuted the six PSAs they had developed the previous fall, which tackled underage drinking, vaping, marijuana, opioid misuse, OTC drug misuse, and tobacco—and pointed viewers to resources within the website for the Cecil County Opioid Misuse Prevention Coalition. More than 200 people—including children, teens, adults, state representatives, and county government officials—participated in the youth rally. Afterward, DFCYC held a health fair in the Cecil College parking lot with health and wellness vendors and organizations including the Cecil County Health Department, Cecil County D.A.R.E., Upper Bay Counseling, Recovery Center of America, NorthBay Adventure Camp, and Cecil County Public Schools.

Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre auditorium
Capacity Building/Recruitment; 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; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation

Sober Tailgate

To show students that it’s possible to have a good time at a football tailgate without drinking alcohol, Youngstown Campus Recreation hosted their own sober tailgate. It attracted students from many backgrounds and gave them the opportunity to enjoy themselves in a social setting without the pressure of having to respond to alcohol use around them.

Youngstown, OH

Los Angeles County of Education Presentation on Underage Substance Abuse

The Young Oak Kim Academy and the LA County Office of Education (LACOE) held a town hall meeting for parents and teachers—as well as assemblies for students during physical education classes—to educate them about the dangers of drug and alcohol use during the preteen and teen years. LACOE used an open forum with students to address the perception that drinking and driving is not a big deal and to share information that can help students stay safe.

Los Angeles, CA

Alcohol & College: A Town Hall Event

The UAB Wellness Promotion held a town hall meeting on alcohol and alcohol prevention in college. They were able to shed light on their issues surrounding drinking and driving and binge drinking rates among students, which allowed their Student Government Association to get more involved and spark a larger conversation. 

Birmingham, AL

How to Create Resilient Lives and Neighborhoods

The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth noticed a significantly higher level of underage drinking and substance use in their community than the national average. To address these increasing numbers, they sprang into action by collaborating with schools, law enforcement, and local businesses to educate their community on underage drinking prevention. 

Garden City, NY

Open Forum on Campus

In their efforts to eliminate and reduce underage and binge drinking at Florida State University (FSU), the Health and Wellness Center hosted an open forum on campus to discuss prevention efforts with community members. Students who attended the event better understood the importance of saying “no” to underage and binge drinking and the dangers associated with it. FSU is encouraged to see that by educating more students, particularly freshmen, they can work to change social norms about underage and binge drinking on campus.

Tallahassee, FL

Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program

Sam Houston State University lost several students to alcohol-related incidents in the early 2000s, so the school has made efforts since then to raise awareness about substance misuse and prevent future tragedies from occurring. To educate students and community members in an engaging and interactive way, Sam Houston State University partnered with Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service to host a panel discussion about the dangers of underage drinking.

Huntsville, TX

Yakima Community Coalition Kick Off Meeting

This event encouraged us to change from a traditional top-down prevention model to a bottom-up one. We found that our prevention strategies worked best when we focused on listening to our community members’ concerns rather than focusing on the goal of our agency.

Yakima, WA

Coalicion de Esperanza Town Hall Meeting on Youth Substance Use

Through partnering with their local school system’s PTA, Hope for Miami hosted an informative event for parents and students in their rural community. The event taught students about the consequences they could face if they drank alcohol while underage, and their parents learned the importance of adhering to social hosting laws. 

Miami , FL

Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and the Relationship to Substance Misuse

Mprint Community Wellness worked diligently to engage community leaders and business owners to make strides toward change in their local policies. They also held workshops to better educate their community members on alcohol and substance misuse.

St. Louis, MO


Crusada Consortia held an underage drinking prevention training for 31 universities around Puerto Rico. They discussed and shared information related to alcohol use disorder (AUD), underage drinking, and prevention tactics.

Mayaguez, PR

Communities Talk: Town Hall to Stop Underage Drinking

Due to the prevalence of youth marijuana use in Detroit, the Coalition for Urban Youth and Family Development realized the need for preventive action for not only substance use, but underage drinking in their community. Their Communities Talk event focused on empowering youth with the information they need to make smart choices for their future and avoid underage drinking.

Detroit, MI

Town Hall Meeting: Underage & Binge Drinking

The Communities Talk event held by Learn to Grow, Inc. tackled underage substance use in urban Atlanta communities. The meeting addressed underage drinking, marijuana, and electronic vaping products with an open panel discussion. Guest speakers also discussed communicating with youth and ways to get involved in substance use/misuse prevention efforts and address accessibility to substances.

Atlanta, GA

It Takes a Village

Taking advantage of where students learn, play, and pray, this Kennebec County, Maine, coalition brought together representatives of social service groups to create a holistic approach to help prevent underage drinking.

Gardiner, ME

Georgia Teen Institute Town Hall Meeting

For over 30 years, Gwinnett United in Drug Education, Inc. (GUIDE, Inc.), addressed substance use prevention in Georgia. This year, GUIDE invited youth and parents from 27 counties around Georgia to the Georgia Teen Institute. More than 300 participants had the opportunity to engage in underage drinking prevention activities and learn how to conduct similar events in their communities.

Oxford, GA

Communities Talk: Hudson County Town Hall Meeting for the Prevention of Underage Drinking

In Bayonne, New Jersey, a Communities Talk event conducted outreach activities to youth, parents, and caregivers to change attitudes that normalize underage drinking. Attendees heard from law enforcement, members of the recovery community, and a school assistance coordinator on a panel presentation. The event included interactive components as well. 

Bayonne, NJ

Parent & Family Resource Night

To raise awareness of the need for underage drinking prevention efforts in Manatee County, Florida, Drug Free Manatee partnered with Lee Middle School to host a resource night for community members. The coalition brought together previously fragmented prevention efforts in the county while educating parents and students about the importance of preventing underage drinking.

Bradenton, FL

The Hang Out at Rowe

The Clackamas Youth Empowerment Coalition held an afterschool prevention program for the students in the North Clackamas school district. Their event addressed access to alcohol and alcohol advertising and promotion.

Milwaukie, OR

Summer Fest

Using music, conversation, and take-away materials, a mobilized coalition focused on creating a fun, sober event. Upon a review of local youth survey data, local prevention and recovery groups held a concert and used it as a backdrop to talk with parents about the perils of tolerating underage alcohol use, and to chat with youth on the dangers of alcohol and other illegal substances.

Fairfield, CT

Safety Day

In Oregon, Wisconsin, OregonCARES hosted a Communities Talk event (“Safety” Day) with local law enforcement to change attitudes about underage drinking and educate adults about social host laws. This meeting provided an opportunity to not only educate youth, parents, and other caregivers about access to alcohol and how to reduce underage alcohol use, but also brought together stakeholders, such as business owners and government leaders, to be part of the team to address underage drinking.

Oregon, WI

14th Annual Iowa Governor's Conference on LGBTQ Youth

Since LGBTQ youth are more likely to engage in underage drinking as marginalized members of communities, Iowa Safe Schools hosted a conference to address the lack of support and resources in Iowa schools for this population. This event gave students and parents the opportunity to connect with school administrators and educators and discuss how to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth regarding underage drinking and substance misuse prevention.

Des Moines, IA

Communities Talk Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking

South Side High School PTA developed posters, digital graphics, and a public service announcement for their first Communities Talk event. This event was their first step toward a long-term plan to raise awareness about underage drinking in their community. 

Rockville Centre, NY

Conversation to Prevent Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse

The Jefferson County Drug Free Coalition, in collaboration with their Parks and Recreational Department, held a Communities Talk event to discuss the effects of alcohol with their middle school students. 

Watertown, WI

Lanier High School Communities Talk Event

The Jackson State University Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition hosted an educational panel discussion about the dangers of alcohol at a local high school. They helped students understand and experience the consequences of driving while impaired with the help of local law enforcement and school administrators.

Jackson, MS

Community Town Hall Meeting

Singing River Services Region XIV held a panel discussion to continue the dialogue with community members on the nationally recognized alcohol use prevention programs they used to raise awareness on the issue in their region.

Moss Point, MS

Community Talk Town Hall Meeting

Healthy Dent County collaborated with other community service partners to host a Communities Talk event to raise awareness on the prevalence of underage drinking in the Dent County, Missouri, community. 

Salem, MO

West Springfield Town Hall Meeting to Discuss the Impact of Underage Substance Use

The West Springfield CARE Coalition held a panel discussion featuring local experts to discuss underage drinking prevention and to share tips and resources community members can use when they are faced with difficult situations.

West Springfield, MA

Social Hosting

In Clayton County, underage drinking is seen as a rite of passage. Although community members admit to it being a problem, underage drinking prevention is not a priority. To raise awareness of the importance of lowering youth alcohol consumption rates, Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County, Inc., partnered with an existing community potluck and invited people to have an open discussion about prevention efforts.

Elkader, IA

Community Partnerships to Help Communities Talk

Mohave Area Partnership Promoting Educated Decisions (MAPPED) partnered with various community stakeholders to organize their Communities Talk event. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, they had to reschedule, but they were able to shed light on the underage drinking and substance misuse issues in their community through electronic billboards and flyers.

Laughlin, NV

Virtual Town Hall for Parents

Underage drinking in Pima County is a common issue—and even more so in the Latino community. To raise awareness around this problem, Amistades Mayahuel Prevention Consortium hosted a Communities Talk event to discuss alcohol and its effects on mental health within the Latino community. 

Tucson, AZ

Making a Difference for Franklin County's Children

Franklin County Schools invited community leaders, stakeholders, and 200 students from six different high schools in the area to discuss the overall effects of alcohol and substance misuse.

Russellville, AL

Facebook Live Presentations

During a period in 2019, Mclaren Bay Region-Neighborhood Resource Center’s community faced 28 overdoses in 28 days. Since then, they have made prevention a priority. Their virtual Communities Talk events brought together sectors who were working on substance misuse and provided a clear way for people to discover that many organizations, individuals, and entities are working together to push prevention efforts forward.

Bay City, MI

York High School Prevention Event

By engaging members of their community, Maine’s York High School is getting more people invested in prevention. The school is helping youth, families, and adults come together as partners to prevent underage drinking and substance misuse.

York, ME

“I Choose Sober”

For years in Gogebic County, underage drinking has been a norm—youth consuming alcohol on fishing trips and other milestone activities is accepted and encouraged. To engage families and educate them about the importance of underage drinking prevention, Gogebic County Communities That Care held a Communities Talk event and encouraged students to join “I Choose Sober."

Bessemer, MI

Red Ribbon Week Kickoff

In Allen County Drug and Alcohol Consortium, Inc.’s community, alcohol is easily accessible for many youth—both at home and in the community. Given these challenges, their underage drinking prevention event focused on changing the attitude toward alcohol for the youth in their community through promoting knowledge of alcohol use risks and encouraging healthier choices. Their event doubled as a kick-off for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Red Ribbon Week observance in the community.  

Fort Wayne, IN


NCADD-GDA partnered with a national nonprofit organization to help host a “flip the script” program, which catered toward giving young men and women who have had criminal challenges a second chance in society. During the event, they had an open dialogue on how alcohol and substance misuse had affected them. 

Detroit, MI

Safe and Sober Event

Renville Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drugs held a live presentation to discuss the prevalence of underage drinking and high alcohol consumption in their community. 

Hector, MN

Gwinnett Coalition Town Hall Meeting

Due to concerns that underage drinking prevention efforts were not top of mind in their community, Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services hosted an event that showcased all the resources available to community members to take action in preventing underage drinking. Although attendance was lower than anticipated due to the start of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the coalition’s event was a success and they hope to host more in the future.

Lawrenceville, GA

Town Hall Meeting

Shawnee Transformation Youth Coalition held an event to continue their efforts to bring together different community sectors in substance misuse prevention. The event also highlighted the importance of checking IDs to ensure underage youth are not given access to buying alcohol or tobacco products. 

Louisville, KY

Town Hall Meeting Emerging Trend and Underage Drinking

After 15 teens died in 15 months due to car crashes, the community formed Tazewell Teen Initiative in 2006 to reach youth and their parents about the importance of underage drinking prevention—especially in relation to its harmful consequences. In 2019, they hosted a town hall meeting with community partners that welcomed students, family, and community stakeholders and dispelled rumors about underage drinking and e-cigarette use.

Washington, IL

Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line Parent Information Night

In HELP Committee’s community in Montana, youth are exposed to social drinking at a young age through community events. Because of this reality, the coalition recognized the opportunity to host an event to educate parents about social host ordinances in relation to underage drinking prevention. They plan to continue to educate their community about measures they can take in order to make their community a healthier and safer place for youth to socialize.

Havre, MT

Town Hall Meeting

Wakefield youth have higher rates of alcohol use than the state of Massachusetts as a whole. The Town of Wakefield’s Wake-Up Coalition, in collaboration with community partners, hosted a discussion panel for more than 200 students, parents, and community members to discuss the realities of youth substance use, mental health, and addiction. 

Wakefield, MA

Breakfast with the County Board

Prevention Network of Washington County recognizes that underage drinking is not perceived as a health risk to youth in their community. To change perspectives on the issue and break down unhealthy rite of passage traditions, they hosted a roundtable discussion with Wisconsin lawmakers to enact evidence-based underage drinking prevention legislation in schools. 

Richfield, WI

Community Event

SSTAR Prevention’s community has seen high rates of drug overdose deaths and experiences youth reporting high rates of depression and anxiety at increasingly younger ages. To combat these issues, SSTAR Prevention hosted an event to form better relationships with local community leaders and members and spark conversation about issues related to substance use prevention, including mental health and wellness.

Fall River, MA


Boise State saw an increase in underage drinking, binge drinking, and substance misuse. To be proactive and maintain a safe and healthy campus community, the university hosted an event with partners to provide resources for students trying to avoid drinking.

Boise, ID

No es usted, hasta que le sucede a usted (It’s not about you until it happens to you)

A rural community in Tieton, Washington, was devasted by a tragic incident that lead to the death of a teen last year. In response to this fatality, a high school hosted a Spanish-language Communities Talk event during which law enforcement and prevention professionals shared underage drinking laws and data with parents. 

Tieton, WA

Town Hall to Prevent Underage Drinking

Ware Children’s Initiative is making great progress in its efforts to address underage drinking in its community and is bringing local leaders together to discuss prevention. The organization’s prevention efforts are helping to lower the average age of first-time alcohol use, keeping youth away from alcohol longer.

Waycross, GA

Save Family Dinner Night

It’s never easy to start a difficult conversation about underage drinking. The Utah State University Extension in Tooele, Utah, felt the need to help their rural community open up about the topic and encouraged community members to join them for a free movie night and a resource fair with information about underage drinking prevention.

Tooele, UT

Communities Talk Town Hall to Prevent Underage Drinking

The Counseling Center at Pace University’s New York City campus hosted a panel discussion to share information with students about the impact of substance use and misuse on not only themselves, but also individuals around them and the community. Speakers from different campus departments, including the Children’s Aid Society and a local hospital, addressed the health impacts of substance use and misuse (including alcohol and underage drinking), giving attendees a well-rounded picture of how substance use affects the entire university community. 

New York, NY

Hope for the Future

The Native American population in Anadarko, Oklahoma, has had to overcome many challenges—a major one being underage drinking. To support the youth in their community in making healthy decisions, Anadarko Indian Education collaborated with community partners to share underage drinking prevention education materials and engage youth in a panel discussion.

Anadarko, OK

Collegiate Empowerment Facilitator Training

Educating college students about alcohol and substance misuse is a tough mission. Collegiate Empowerment trains facilitators to deliver an alcohol education program to students across the country to help them make better decisions related to alcohol and substance use. They used their Communities Talk stipend to support their training efforts.

Easton, PA

Talk to Me

In Franklin County, the rate of current 30-day usage of alcohol by high school students is nearly 30 percent. To raise awareness of the importance of underage drinking prevention, Franklin County Prevention Coalition held an event that reached nearly 4,000 people with information about the dangers associated with underage drinking and what they can do to prevent it.

Winchester, TN


Several departments at Kutztown University worked together to develop a nontraditional approach to facilitating a discussion about underage drinking. The Department held a campus event where 60 artists created live art illustrating how alcohol has impacted their lives. 

Kutztown , PA

Teens S.I.P. (Speak, Inspire, Produce) for Healthier Communities

Safe & Sound, Inc., invited local health officials, teens, and parents to a panel discussion on the harmful effects of underage drinking and alcohol misuse. Their panel discussion covered the dangers of binge drinking, the impacts of teen drinking on brain development, and how alcohol consumption can impact relationships. 

Milwaukee, WI

Communities Talk: Prevent Underage Drinking

Communities within Atlanta experience significant health disparities, which may contribute to the use of substances among youth, young adults, and adults. To mitigate these issues, parents and youth attended the Street Smart Youth Project’s substance use prevention event and learned vital information about keeping children safe and drug free.

Atlanta, GA

"Alcohol" What a Nasty Taste

To address student use and perceptions about alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana in the community, the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) hosted an event that provided culturally tailored substance use prevention resources to Asian and Latino youth. The CPACS event also increased public awareness of substance use issues among these populations.

Atlanta, GA

Alcohol Server Knowledge Training

After a devastating car crash involving underage drinking resulted in the death of a young man in the community, the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team highlighted the importance of prevention at their event to address substance use. They continue to plan underage drinking prevention campaigns and hope to reach a broader audience in the future. 

Mount Vernon, OH

ADAPT Town Hall Meeting

ADAPT Lamorinda’s community has higher youth usage rates for marijuana, alcohol, and vaping than surrounding areas. To educate parents who may overlook youth substance use issues, ADAPT Lamorinda hosted an event that they hope will pave the way for future communication and prevention efforts.

Orinda, CA

Youth Communities Talk Event

Copper Corridor Coalition acknowledges the high amount of underage drinking in its community and the role parents play in providing their children with alcohol. They held their meeting to engage youth and inform them of the harmful effects of alcohol. 

Hayden, AZ

We All See Addiction

Residents of Humboldt and Mendocino counties are affected by a higher number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) than any other county across the state. To increase prevention efforts for substance misuse issues related to ACEs, the St. Bernard's Academy leadership class hosted a town hall meeting focused on understanding addiction to raise awareness that addiction does not discriminate; it affects everyone’s lives in some way.

Eureka, CA

Underage Drinking Panel Focus Group

Arizona Youth Partnership hosted an event for the entire senior class of Ajo High School to learn about the importance of underage drinking and substance use prevention. Through their event, they were able to address the substance use issues in their community by discussing the facts on substance misuse and offering additional resource information.

Ajo, AZ

See The Bigger Picture...For A Brighter Future

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) San Ramon Valley’s community faces a variety of substance misuse issues among youth. To prevent underage drinking, marijuana use, and vaping, they collaborated with local youth to host an informative event with prevention activities that educated both youth and parents, including a display of a teen’s bedroom with signs of substance use and a panel discussion.

San Ramon, CA

It All Started with Alcohol

In October 2019, underage drinking resulted in the death of a 19-year-old in Maquoketa, Iowa. When Jackson County Prevention Coalition saw that attitudes and behaviors toward underage drinking in their community did not change, they hosted a Communities Talk event to educate parents on the importance of being proactive in talking to their youth about underage drinking prevention.

Maquoketa, IA

CLEAN Community Event

The C.L.E.A.N. Cass County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition hosted an event to continue their work in bringing together a variety of community stakeholders to work collaboratively on reducing, preventing, and addressing substance misuse and related mental health challenges for their community’s youth. Through partnerships and securing grants, they hope to continue hosting events that educate their community members on the importance of underage drinking prevention, especially in rural communities. 

Atlantic , IA

Pagachao Holiday Talk

A community in Guam, a U.S. territory, faced safety concerns involving underage drinking and substance misuse. As a result, parents and their children discussed issues around access to alcohol through family members and in the community during their Communities Talk event, the “Pagachao Holiday Talk.”  

Agat, GU

Communities Talk Town Hall - Duplin County

Members of the Duplin County Substance Use Coalition had to get creative in holding their Communities Talk event due to several cancellations that were beyond their control. Ultimately, they didn’t let COVID-19 stop their underage drinking prevention efforts and held a webinar as a virtual event to reach their community. 

Kenansville, NC


The Urban Partnership Drug Free Community Coalition (UPDFCC) hosted a youth community town hall to have an open panel discussion about substance abuse and alcohol misuse with inner city youth, parents, and community members in Miami, Florida. 

Miami, FL

Community Talk

More Than an Athlete hosted an event in coordination with law enforcement, school administration, and local business owners to engage youth and young adults in underage drinking and substance misuse prevention. After hearing powerful stories from speakers who had experienced the effects of substance misuse, youth left with a positive message. 

Paramount , CA

Live, Love, Dance

Lake County Youth Services held a community dance open to youth to provide a safe and sober environment to discuss underage drinking and its consequences.

Clearlake, CA

Cre8ting Changes: Attitudes & Perceptions Related to Alcohol Use

Cre8ting Changes’ community faces high rates of substance use and gun violence. Their hands-on event featuring a simulation of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs provided insight and an educational opportunity for youth to better understand the importance of making good choices when it comes to substance use prevention. 

Pine Bluff, AR

Town Hall Meeting

The Center for Prevention and Counseling (the Center) partnered with local schools and leaders to inform students in Sussex County about the effects of alcohol on developing brains. As part of this engagement, the Center implemented an alcohol awareness contest. The contest allowed students to show their own understanding of prevention and illustrate their perspectives to other students and community members.  

Newton , NJ

STOP Youth Substance Use Town Hall

In Bakersville, North Carolina, the negative effects of underage drinking are often overlooked. To shine a light on the importance of prevention efforts, Mitchell Yancey of the Substance Abuse Task Force partnered with local organizations and schools to host a panel that showcased many different perspectives on why their community should be doing more to address underage drinking.   

Bakersville, NC

Let's Talk About Video Series

Drug-Free Irondequoit (D-FI): Together, Inc., created a video series on issues surrounding substance misuse in the community. By sharing each video on its own social media channels, as well as other local social media accounts, the organization was able to reach a broader audience with its message. 

Rochester, NY

Parents Who Host Lose the Most

The Camden County Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Inc. (CCCADA), and Cherry Hill Township Municipal Alliance hosted a Communities Talk event that brought together members of many stakeholder groups in the community, including law enforcement, the religious community, parents, and health care providers. The event aimed to address the increasing rates of underage drinking due to parents allowing children to drink in their homes. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from experts on topics such as current trends in underage drinking and drug use and why parents should not provide alcohol to their underage children.   

Cherry Hill, NJ

Thibodauxville Fall Festival

Nicholls State University’s Health Services Department attended their local Chamber of Commerce’s annual fall festival to raise awareness of underage drinking on campus. Using informational materials and data from a university-wide survey on alcohol and drug use, the Health Services Department was able to successfully engage and educate students and parents about the campus social environment and the reality of underage alcohol use.

Thibodaux, LA

A Community Carnival Gets the Conversation Started in Montana

Located in southwestern Montana, Anaconda is a rural community with fewer than 10,000 residents. Although the town is small, underage drinking rates in Anaconda are much higher than the state’s average. According to Heidi Nielsen, project director for Anaconda Community Intervention, Inc. (ACI), recent data showed that past 30-day alcohol use rates for 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Anaconda were 110 percent, 55 percent, and 5 percent higher, respectively, than Montana’s state averages.

Anaconda, MT
Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies

Breaking Down Silos in Kansas

Communities That Care (CTC) was founded in 2003 to reduce underage drinking in the rural farming community of Reno County, Kansas. Every year, local middle and high school students voluntarily take the Kansas Communities That Care Student Survey, which tracks teen use of harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The results of the survey are used to identify high-risk factors while guiding the best research-based interventions.

Hutchinson, KS
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies

Reaching Out in Connecticut

Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut, hosted a Communities Talk Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event through the school’s Outreach Club, which focuses on reducing underage drinking within the community. Although the median income of Greenwich is significantly higher than the national average, the town faces the same youth substance misuse challenges as the rest of the country.

Greenwich, CT
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies

Bringing Families into the School in Colorado

In Windsor, CO, youth perceive underage drinking to be more prevalent than it actually is.  Another local misperception is that alcohol is less harmful than research shows.  Weld County officials, community-based organizations, and the school district are trying to set the record straight in a way that positively engages youth and their families.

To that end, Windsor RE 4 School District partnered with North Range Behavioral Health to host an on-campus Communities Talk Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking Prevention event. Called “Start the Conversation,” the event offered educators, administration, students, and their families a chance to attend a variety of prevention-related classes and learn about local initiatives at a resource fair.

Windsor, CO
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies

California Student Athletes Keep Each Other in Bounds

Northern California's Butte County has roughly 90 public K-12 schools and is home to both Butte College and California State University, Chico. Many students who graduate from local high schools go on to attend college nearby, which has created what local officials call "the four-year rule." According to Vernon Spearman, of Butte County Department of Behavioral Health, this is when a junior or senior in high school knows a freshman in college who, in turn, has access to fellow college students who can legally buy alcohol. This, by default, gives the high school student a pipeline to alcohol—a main contributor to underage drinking.

Butte County, California
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies

Keeping the Conversation Going with Students in Washington, DC

The District of Columbia is organized into eight Wards, each with approximately 75,000 residents, and each with its own history, neighborhoods, and diverse populations. In Wards 1, 5, 7, and 8, the average age of onset for underage drinking is about 12 years old. In collaboration with the DC Department of Behavioral Health, Bridging Resources in Communities, Inc. (BRIC) leads the Ward 5 Drug-Free Coalition and runs the Ward 7 & 8 DC Prevention Center, which supports residents and educates them about alcohol and substance use.

Washington, DC
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; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation

Starting the Prevention E>olution! in Arizona

The small, rural community of Amado, Arizona, is susceptible to risk factors that can lead to underage drinking and substance abuse. Proximity to the Mexican border and the community's vast areas of desert and mountain terrain make Amado vulnerable to drug trafficking. The town also sees high rates of poverty and unemployment due in part to low high school completion rates, a lack of job opportunities, and no public transportation.

Amado, Arizona
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention

Bouncing Into Prevention in Florida

A 2014 survey of Florida's Lee County found that 25 percent of high school students and more than 13 percent of middle school students reported using alcohol in the past 30 days. Founded in 1989 by a group of local leaders, the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida is working to reduce the prevalence of underage drinking. The coalition holds lunch-and-learn meetings, Red Ribbon Week celebrations, and prevention events throughout each year.

Fort Myers, Florida
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; School-based Strategies

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.

Albany, New York
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

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.

Chicago, Illinois
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

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.

Hermosa Beach, CA
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

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.

Placer County, CA
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

Illustrating the Importance of Underage Drinking Prevention

The 2014 Iowa Youth Survey revealed some disturbing realities about underage drinking in Emmet County:

  • 31 percent of Emmet County 11th grade students reported using alcohol (vs. the state average of 23 percent).
  • Only 23 percent of 11th grade students in Emmet County reported it would be wrong if their friends were to drink (vs. the state average of 34 percent).
  • Youth reported a perceived availability of alcohol as 82 percent vs. the state average of 64 percent.

Emmet County, Estherville, Iowa
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; School-based Strategies; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation

Facing the Facts: Using Community Data to Prevent Underage Drinking

Siouxland CARES has been hosting Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking since 2006. The volunteer-driven community coalition works to reduce alcohol and other drug abuse and related violence by all age groups, but focusing primarily on youth. The Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant that Siouxland CARES administered from 2000 to 2010 refined their goals and objectives with a focus on specific alcohol-related outcomes for their community.

Sioux City, Iowa
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation

Student Advocates Pave the Way in Pennsylvania

Since the inception of Communities Talk: 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.

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

New Jersey Youth Ignite a Spark for Underage Drinking Prevention

In Newton, NJ, the Center for Prevention and Counseling has hosted Communities Talk Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking every year since 2006. At their event on April 12, 2016, the Center celebrated 23 winners of an "Elect to be Alcohol-Free" contest for youth recognizing April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Winning entries ranged from posters to radio and video PSAs.

Newton, New Jersey
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation

No 'Shushing' in This Library: Talking About Underage Drinking Prevention

In 2015, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School, Enfield High School, and Enrico Fermi High School in Connecticut took an anonymous survey that addressed alcohol and other substances. It covered topics such as binge drinking and driving under the influence, marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs, cigarettes, and e-cigarettes.

Town of Enfield, Connecticut
Youth Access to Alcohol; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation

Celebrating Self, Family, and Community: Using Art to Inspire Conversation Between Teens and Adults

When members of the Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change (JM4C) Coalition reviewed the local school district’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey data and a parent survey, they learned that parents needed and wanted guidance on communicating with their children about substance misuse. Brainstorming soon got underway for their next Communities Talk Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event.

Janesville, Wisconsin
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention

Eyes Wide Open in Iowa

Local focus groups in Chickasaw County, Iowa, indicate that youth start drinking between 7th and 10th grade. “The Let’s Get To Work: Our County. Our Health. Our Future” event was designed to educate all segments of the community—primarily parents and students—about underage drinking and its consequences.

Chickasaw County, Iowa
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking