El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition “for safe, healthy, drug free youth” is collaborating with local schools, law enforcement, parent groups, public agencies and others to address the topic of underage drinking. Youth will take a lead role in hosting the Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking on Thursday, May 10, at the Oak Ridge High School cafeteria, 1120 Harvard Way, from 6 to 8 p.m.
According to Corbin Gomez, youth Advisor to the coalition, “The goal of this event is to get community input on the subject of underage drinking and how we can reduce teen access to alcohol.”
Strategies may include educating parents about the consequences of providing alcohol to minors, since the majority of underage drinking takes place at home, or supporting programs like Every 15 Minutes, PARTY Program, or Safe and Sober Grad Night, since underage drinking and driving kills about 5,000 teens every year.
“We are asking teachers and parents to encourage and offer extra credit to youth who attend this meeting as we really want to get their buy-in and advice on this topic. We need youth input in order to develop effective strategies,” said DJ Peterson, executive director of the coalition which strives to create safer communities by reducing youth access to alcohol.
A diverse group of presenters including youth, parents, educators, law enforcement, first responders, government officials, prevention specialists and others will exchange information and ideas on how to reduce “risky behaviors” and increase “protective factors,” such as youth development, resiliency and asset building.
The public is invited to provide comments and recommendations to these community leaders for positive change in our communities.
For more information about El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition for safe, healthy, drug free youth call (916) 941-8482 or visit EDHVisionCoalition.org.