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Communities Talk Events: 2016 Highlights

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0% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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0% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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0% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.

Featured Success Story

Educating to Avoid Enabling: Parents Preventing Underage Drinking at Home

Hosted by: Behavioral Health Services, Inc./National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the Los Angeles South Bay Area—The Beach Cities Prevention Community Council

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In Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach in California—what's known as the Beach Cities community—underage drinking has recently become a problem that people are paying attention to. The community’s high rates of underage drinking compared to the rest of the state are attributed to environmental factors such as affluence, stress, and social norms. Another factor—the high number of alcohol-licensed retailers in the area—may be why youths don’t have difficulty accessing alcohol.

April 28, 2016
Capacity Building/Recruitment, Youth Access to Alcohol, Communication Campaigns and Strategies, Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking, Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns, Campus/Community Collaboration, School-based Strategies, Parental Involvement in Prevention, Environmental Prevention Strategies
Hermosa Beach, CA

In 2016

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74% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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80% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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80% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.

2016 at a Glance

Success comes in many forms, and SAMHSA encourages its event organizers to customize their prevention events to meet the unique needs of their communities and define success in their own setting.

Success can be measured in one or multiple ways, such as:

  • Number of participants, sponsors, or hosts
  • Increase in community awareness of prevention topics and issues
  • Underage drinking prevention activities planned as a result of the event

Explore other Success Stories to learn how Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking events are working across the country, and see how other communities are measuring their event success.


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Inspired and Empowered Youth: Working to Prevent Underage Drinking and Change Social Norms

In September 2015, the Roseville City Council in California passed a Social Host Ordinance, which states that adults who allow drinking by underage guests in their home can face a fine—as much as $1,000 for a third offense. The Roseville Police Department and the Placer County Youth Commission (PCYC) both supported the ordinance, saying that it would help change social norms and provide needed education.

03/09/2016
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation
Placer County, CA

New Jersey Youth Ignite a Spark for Underage Drinking Prevention

In Newton, NJ, the Center for Prevention and Counseling has hosted Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking every year since 2006. At their event on April 12, 2016, the Center celebrated 23 winners of an "Elect to be Alcohol-Free" contest for youth recognizing April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Winning entries ranged from posters to radio and video PSAs.

04/12/2016
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation
Newton, New Jersey

No 'Shushing' in This Library: Talking About Underage Drinking Prevention

In 2015, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School, Enfield High School, and Enrico Fermi High School in Connecticut took an anonymous survey that addressed alcohol and other substances. It covered topics such as binge drinking and driving under the influence, marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs, cigarettes, and e-cigarettes.

05/18/2016
Youth Access to Alcohol; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation
Town of Enfield, Connecticut

Celebrating Self, Family, and Community: Using Art to Inspire Conversation Between Teens and Adults

When members of the Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change (JM4C) Coalition reviewed the local school district’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey data and a parent survey, they learned that parents needed and wanted guidance on communicating with their children about substance misuse. Brainstorming soon got underway for their next Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event.

04/26/2016
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention
Janesville, Wisconsin

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