These success stories illustrate the many creative and effective ways in which Town
Hall Meetings are contributing to underage drinking prevention in communities nationwide.
Lead & Seed Changes the Underage Drinking Environment in Erie County, Pennsylvania
The Lead & Seed program in Erie County, funded by the Erie County
Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, sees Town Hall Meetings as
springboards to action against underage alcohol consumption. After each
Town Hall Meeting, Lead & Seed’s youth leaders have created
strategic planning logic models that they use as a tool to promote
advocacy; action; and changes to their physical, legal, economic, and
sociocultural environment. The compelling issues and suggestions that
emerge from their Town Hall Meetings become key talking points driving
their planning for followup activities.
Educating Parents on Underage Drinking: A SNAP™ for Randolph, New Jersey, Town Hall
In 2008, 110 Randolph high school students were arrested after renting a “party bus” for a trip to Vermont with kegs of beer, bottles of vodka, and other drugs onboard; of the 110 students, 62 were arrested on underage drinking charges. Prevention is Key, a community-focused nonprofit organization, hosted the “What Every Parent Needs to Know About Underage Drinking” Town Hall Meeting in Randolph on April 18, 2012. The event addressed the problem of underage drinking and the role of parents in stopping it from a developmental perspective.