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Interactive Drunk Driving Town Hall for Parents

Hosted by: Safe Streets Wichita Coalition

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Please briefly describe your Communities Talk activity.

We held our Communities Talk event in collaboration with our community’s annual Backpack and Resources fair. During the fair, we played interactive games with our attendees (such as using impairment goggles) and shared resources on impaired driving. Because many parents in our area believe underage drinking is a rite of passage, we felt it was necessary to provide information on all aspects of underage drinking and alcohol misuse, especially during fall sports season and school events such as homecoming. With that said, we provided parents with handouts, brochures, and local resources for them to review later. While we were working with the adults, our youth coalition members were doing mental health self-care activities with the youth. We were able to provide this interactive Town Hall to 116 adults, and our youth coalition members interacted with 502 youth community members. 

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How does underage drinking and substance misuse affect your community?

In our community we notice that a lot of youth drink after sporting events and school dances, and during weekend parties. This alcohol is supplied in large part by adult friends or family. These youth are then trying to drive home under the influence. 

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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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Who did you involve in your activity planning, and who did your activity impact?

Our youth coalition members helped us plan what we would do during this interactive Town Hall. We also worked with parent volunteers and our other community partners.

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Which Communities Talk resources (or other SAMHSA resources) were most helpful for your activity?

  • Communities Talk planning guides
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Did the COVID-19 pandemic affect the planning or execution of your activities?

No, the COVID-19 pandemic did not affect the planning or execution of our activities. 

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What other challenge(s) did you face in planning your activity this year?

  • We did not have any challenges.
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How did you overcome these challenges?

We did not have any challenges.

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What are your next steps?

  • Host follow-up meetings or activities
  • Expand our coalition with new partnerships in the community

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