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Communities Talk What’s New articles share information to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based prevention of underage drinking.

Connect the Dots with a Communities Talk Planning Stipend


Connect the Dots with a Communities Talk Planning Stipend

If a lack of resources is one of the things getting in the way of you connecting to your community about underage drinking prevention, a $750 planning stipend is your solution! But register now because stipends are going fast.

Communities Talk stipends can bridge the gap to cover several financial aspects of planning, promoting, and hosting a prevention-focused event or activity. With one, you may be able to:

  • Create a video for your event or activity.
  • Build or update a website.
  • Develop a mobile app.
  • Rent a facility.
  • Print promotional materials.
  • Print resources for distribution to event attendees.
  • Purchase software that will help expand and enhance your prevention social media work—a digital camera, for example.

Stipends cannot be used for food and beverages, to pay for entertainment, door prizes, discounts, incentives, or for promotional products like T-shirts, baseball caps, or coffee mugs.

Need Something to Talk About?

As you plan your Communities Talk activity, don’t forget that it can be combined with another community activity or event, as long as underage drinking prevention is a key, related topic. For example, underage drinking prevention could be discussed along with mental/behavioral health, marijuana use, e-cigarette use or vaping, opioid misuse, or other health problems.

We know stress and anxiety can increase the likelihood of alcohol use. As we learn more about the long- term impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our mental health, discussing ways to prevent harmful coping methods such as underage drinking and youth substance misuse can go a long way in promoting the overall health of a community.

SAMHSA has resources to help you talk about underage drinking and mental health with your community, including Why Your Child Might Start Drinking and Mental Illness and Substance Use in Young Adults.