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Communities Talk e-Alerts are technical assistance newsletters to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based prevention of underage drinking.

Social Media to Promote your Event, #CommunitiesTalk Twitter Chat, and Upcoming Webinar: Maximizing the Power of Youth and Young Adult Leadership

Using Social Media to Promote Your Communities Talk Event
The Communities Talk Social Media Guide provides tips for using social media, from selecting platforms to guidelines for writing and posting content. SAMHSA also provides sample content to promote your event.

#CommunitiesTalk Twitter Chat
The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) co-hosted a Twitter chat with Communities Talk about preventing and reducing college student drinking. The chat discussed groups that are most at-risk for binge drinking among college students, activities and programs that have worked on college campuses, and resources used for planning underage drinking prevention programs on campus.

Upcoming Webinar: “Leading the Way: Maximizing the Power of Youth and Young Adult Leadership in Communities Talk” on June 25 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Register now for SAMHSA’s Communities Talk webinar featuring insights from youth presenters on increasing youth engagement in your underage drinking prevention efforts.

Date: 06/05/2019

Join the #CommunitiesTalk Twitter Chat on June 4 at Noon EDT

Join colleges, universities, students, staff, and the larger prevention community for a Twitter chat to learn more about underage drinking prevention strategies on campus.

Date: 05/31/2019

Spread the word about Communities Talk and get involved in the National Prevention Week #PreventionChampion challenge

Is your organization hosting a Communities Talk event this year? Register now to receive a planning stipend!

Be sure to keep in mind that you do not need to set a firm date or select a venue to register. If your Communities Talk event will take place by December 31, 2019, you can receive a planning stipend.

Spread the word!
Your colleagues from other community organizations or institutions of higher education can request information about hosting a Communities Talk event and may qualify for a planning stipend. Encourage them to contact info@stopalcoholabuse.net.

Participate in the National Prevention Week Prevention Challenge today!
SAMHSA is inviting you to participate in the NPW 2019 Prevention Challenge! This is a great activity to integrate into your Communities Talk event - set up a backdrop for photos or a "selfie station" and ask participants to take photos and videos of their underage drinking Prevention Champions at the event. Remember to use the hashtags #PreventionChampion and #NPW2019.

Date: 05/08/2019

Leveraging Alcohol Awareness Month and National Prevention Week

Leveraging Alcohol Awareness Month and National Prevention Week 

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which is the perfect opportunity for your community to focus on underage and harmful drinking prevention. Plus, learn how Communities Talk events have contributed to national progress in reducing underage drinking rates in SAMHSA’s recent blog post from Luiz Vasquez, LICSW, Acting Director, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Join communities across the nation in celebrating SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) May 12–18, 2019. Tuesday, May 14, focuses on the prevention of underage drinking and alcohol misuse. 
Tell us about your event and be a 2019 Success Story!

Following your event, you will receive an e-mail survey. Please complete the survey to share the positive impact the Communities Talk initiative has had on preventing and decreasing underage drinking in your community. What you share about the results of your event could be highlighted on the Communities Talk Success Stories page.

Date: 04/11/2019

Webinar Archive: Leveraging Partnerships in Planning/Hosting a Communities Talk Event

Watch the archived webinar here.

On March 20, 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hosted a webinar with experts from around the country to discuss best practices for engaging partners in planning, hosting, and promoting a successful Communities Talk event. SAMHSA encourages audiences to view and share this video with their communities or any organizations they know that would be interested in hosting a Communities Talk event.

Date: 04/05/2019