Town Hall Meeting, Performance and Discussion about Underage Drinking
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Ventura City Hall
Community Meeting Room
Room 202, 501 Poli Street
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Refreshments will be served.
Ventura County is one of thousands of communities nationwide that will hold a Town Hall Meeting the week of March 22-26 to raise awareness about today’s trends in underage drinking. The Ventura Unified School District, in collaboration with Straight Up Ventura County and the Federal Government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking, is sponsoring the event.
Parents, teachers, law enforcement, youth, and other local leaders will come together to explore underage drinking as a social and community issue and to discuss strategies for positive change. The agenda will include a performance by local youth, panel discussion, a “Reality Party for Parents” performance (a reenactment of a teen drinking party), and a chance to ask questions, create dialogue, and seek solutions. Parents should note that some information being presented may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13.
In a national survey, about one in twenty 8th graders reported being drunk at least once in the past month. Nearly one out of every seven 10th graders, and about two out of every seven 12th graders reported being drunk at least once in the last month.
Locally, Ventura Unified School District survey respondents reported even more dire numbers. Nearly one out of four 8th graders had used alcohol in the past 30 days. One out of three 10th graders, and nearly one out of two 12th graders reported having used alcohol in the past 30 days.
“These statistics speak for themselves,” says Katherine Kasmir, Program Director of Straight Up Ventura County. “We certainly need social change, and we need to look for solutions in our community. Meaningful discussion is the first step in working together for change.”
- A performance by local youth
- Panel discussion
- “Reality Party” performance
- A chance to ask questions, create dialogue, and seek solutions
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