Engaging young people in advocacy, education & prevention
Creating social change around alcohol, drugs, and more

Make your resolution to get involved!

December 31, 2012 6:00 am Published by Comments Off on Make your resolution to get involved!

Photo shoot in Ventura 11/2/12

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to think about resolutions to find solutions!

Here are ways you can get involved to help raise awareness around underage/binge drinking, impaired driving, prescription drug and marijuana abuse — and you can make a difference in your community!

Volunteer for Straight Up.. we have lots of opportunities!

Interested in taking action and making a difference? Do you enjoy acting, blogging, videography? Do you want to learn media advocacy, community organizing and develop leadership skills? Do you want to earn community service hours? If you’re 12-25 and live in Ventura County, we’re looking for you!  Register now!

Take action using DoSomething.org

DoSomething.org offers up a great toolkit to young people to take action and make a difference. In their alcohol section, there are resources, polls, and ideas for creating change (such as organizing an alcohol trade-in, creating a brochure, or planning a healthy event!) Check out the Alcohol Toolkit at DoSomething.org

Make a stand and write a letter

Youth voices should be heard! Write a letter to the editor of a local paper to show your support of alcohol, drug or impaired driving prevention; fill out an online support letter for alcohol taxes; or write an article for your school newspaper. These are just some of the ways to get your opinion across!

In other news…
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

“As Americans gather with friends and family to share in the holiday season, National Impaired Driving Prevention Month reminds us of the importance of celebrating safely. Every year, accidents involving drunk, drugged, or distracted driving claim thousands of lives, leaving families to face the heartbreak of losing a loved one. We stand with all those who have known the tragic consequences of drugged or drunk driving, and we rededicate ourselves to preventing it this December and throughout the year.”

Read the rest of President Obama’s proclamation

Prepare yourself for holiday parties … if you’re a host, keep yourself and your guests safe by making sure alcohol access is available only to those who are of legal age, making sure there are designated drivers or other ways of safe transportation are available, and to offer plenty of alcohol-free alternatives.

Read about other tips and resources from MADD online