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Underage Alcohol Use

Hosted by: Program for the Development of Human Potential

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Please briefly describe your Communities Talk activity.

A group of our staff, including our parent outreach coordinator and high school counselors, came together to create an informational webinar that was presented via Zoom. We thought it would be best practice, and more engaging, to not only have informational slides via PowerPoint, but YouTube videos, as well, which demonstrated the dangers and risks associated with underage drinking. We also felt it was our duty to provide warning signs for parents to look for, as well as resources for parents who had already identified substance abuse as an issue. We sent out an invitation to this webinar and posted it to our Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP) Parents Facebook page

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How does alcohol and other drug misuse affect your community?

PDHP covers various communities throughout Brooklyn and Queens, New York.

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What goal(s) did you hope to accomplish with your Communities Talk activity?

  • Reduce prevalence of underage drinking and other substances in community
  • Create an ongoing conversation about underage drinking and substance use prevention in the community
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What challenge(s) did you face in planning your activity this year?

  • Adapting to conducting a virtual activity
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How did you overcome these challenges?

Working together, we were able to utilize certain staff members’ technical expertise. This actually became a learning experience for all involved and it allowed everyone to expand their “tool set.”

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What are your next steps?

  • Support new prevention policies, legislation, or social ordinances
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Which Communities Talk resources (or other SAMHSA resources) were most helpful for your activity?

  • Prevention-related webinars
  • Prevention videos, such as College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives
  • StopAlcoholAbuse.gov website
  • Communities Talk planning guides
  • Communities Talk toolkits
  • Communities Talk social media content (e.g., Facebook, Twitter)
  • The community talks planning guide and visuals were especially helpful.
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Who did you involve in your activity planning, and who did your activity impact?

We planned our activity with PDHP regional coordinators, high school coordinators, and parents. We also included school leaders on our invite list and shared our work with a Richmond Hill coalition.

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Did the COVID-19 pandemic affect the planning or execution of your activities?

Yes, due to COVID, we conducted this meeting virtually, but this was very helpful for both the planning and implementation of our talk. As our staff is stationed in various schools throughout Brooklyn and Queens, it is often hard to work together; working virtually allowed us to work together while in different locations. We also believe holding the webinar virtually was a benefit, as many parents who joined would not have been able to if this had been an in-person event.

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