Getting Started Planning a Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event
Welcome to Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking. This initiative is sponsored by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as the lead agency for the
Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.
Each year, community-based organizations including our national partners, community and youth-led coalitions, colleges,
and universities nationwide, host events to mobilize their communities to prevent underage drinking. Since 2006,
more than 10,000 SAMHSA-supported events have been held across the country.
Every two years, SAMHSA distributes planning stipends to organizations recommended by the National Prevention Network
and other national partners to help local hosts increase the impact of their events.
Watch our registration video tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to register for a Communities Talk event.
Read our Planning Guides
Quick Start Planning Guide includes everything community based organizations need to know to quickly and
easily begin organizing a results-oriented underage drinking prevention event in their communities. Additionally,
Planning Guide for Colleges and Universities is available to support participation among institutions of
higher education. Get started today!
The comprehensive Hosting a Communities Talk Toolkit (PDF | 2.6MB) is an all-inclusive guide for first-time hosts and for hosts who want to expand the impact of their events. The toolkit includes detailed steps for planning an event, promoting an event using traditional and social media, strategies for evaluating an event, and how to sustain your community’s commitment to preventing underage drinking after hosting an event.
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