What is the goal of the San Juan County Youth Coalition?
The project’s goal is to decrease underage drinking and young adult problem drinking.
This is accomplished by:
- Developing our Coalition, involving youth and young adults from throughout the County;
- Looking at what is currently taking place with underage and young adult drinking;
- Determining what or who we have to help us;
- Maintaining a strategic plan for implementation of activities.
Who is involved?
The most important people involved are youth!
We also involve parents, law enforcement, business people, school people, community leaders and people who have been a part of the drug-free communities Coalition in Shiprock.
All these people are a part of our group because they care about our young people and want them to be healthy and successful. They also want our communities to be safer.
- Sticker Shock Activities: Youth go to retail outlets to place stickers on cases of alcohol that remind adults that it is a 4th degree felony to provide alcohol to minors. These activities are planned for times when partying is more likely, such as: Homecoming, Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s, spring break, prom, graduation, etc.
- Perception of Risk Presentations: Students, high school or college age, present the risks of drinking alcohol to their peers, high school and middle school students.
- Positive Community Norms: Social norms campaign that presents positive statistics regarding underage drinking to close the gap between perception and reality. Most youth are making good decisions; it’s valuable for them to know it, along with their parents and teachers.
- Training for Youth: Community wellness and social justice training to develop strong and competent youth leaders.
When and where does the Coalition meet?
Regular meetings of the Coalition are on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Farmington Public Library, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Teen Advisory Council. Meetings may also be held in other communities in San Juan County.