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Nearly 9 million American youth drink alcohol, illegally and dangerously.

Underage drinking costs communities billions annually

Join in 2016 to:

  • educate your community about underage drinking
  • and learn how to mobilize to take action

Planning Guide for Colleges and Universities

To further increase participation among institutions of higher education, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed the Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking Planning Guide for Colleges and Universities (PDF | 3.8 MB). The Guide includes ideas for the types of groups to include in a campus event, as well as resources and timelines with ideas specific to the unique needs of institutes of higher education.

If you are interested in holding a Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event on a college or university campus, read these topics:

Colleges and Universities Planning Guide
  • Why Should College Campuses Participate?
  • Who Plans or Attends a Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event?
  • What Underage Drinking Prevention Resources are Available for Campus Communities?
  • What are Key Times for Campus Community Conversations About Underage Drinking?
  • Planning Checklist
  • 10 Steps for Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event Planning
  • Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Planning Stipends
  • Tell Us About Your Event
  • Town Hall Meetings In Action

See also Resources for Colleges and Universities