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Register Today for the June 15 Webinar on Partnering With Youth: Powerful Prevention of Underage Drinking

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will hold a webinar on engaging youth in underage drinking prevention on June 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT. “Partnering With Youth: Powerful Prevention of Underage Drinking” will address strategies for organizations who wish to engage youth in prevention but have not yet started.

The webinar will feature Lynne Goodwin, M.P.A., who has more than 20 years of experience in the prevention field, working at the local, state, and national levels on underage and binge drinking, policy, youth development, and environmental prevention initiatives. Ms. Goodwin is program director of the statewide California Friday Night Live Partnership, which builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development and engages youth as active leaders and resources in their communities. Friday Night Live Chapters are active, biennial participants in Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking.

For more information and to register, visit the webinar page.

SAMHSA Launches Free, Science-Based App That Teaches Students How Alcohol Harms Their Brains

SAMHSA has released a new mobile app called Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX). AlcoholFX is a free, science-based app for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink. Based on lesson plans from SAMHSA’s Reach Out Now initiative, the app easily integrates with instruction in fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms.

AlcoholFX helps increase students’ knowledge of alcohol’s negative consequences before they reach the average age of first use.

With AlcoholFX:

  • Students engage in research-based, interactive games that explore brain science while practicing their responses to difficult social situations involving alcohol.
  • Educators use science-based lessons plans, resources, and recorded scenarios to help students and parents learn about the dangers of alcohol.
  • Parents learn how alcohol affects their child’s brain and can put their child at risk for falling behind in school.

Visit SAMHSA’s Too Smart To Start website for more information and to download the free app.

Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking $500 Planning Stipends Still Available for Summer/Fall Prevention Events

Join more than 1,300 community-based organizations, colleges, and universities that have already registered for the 2016 Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking initiative. SAMHSA still has $500 planning stipends available to support an event aimed at preventing underage drinking in your community. Search for the hashtag #communitiestalk in Twitter to read about the events many organizations have already conducted. There is still time to hold events in the summer or fall, key times for underage drinking prevention.

If you would like to participate but have not received an invitation, please contact info@stopalcoholabuse.net with the name of your organization, contact name, contact email and phone number, and a list of existing prevention grants or an affiliated national organization.

Visit the Town Hall Meetings website and check out the Tips and Resources and Success Stories for creative ideas on how to get started.