Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking May 17 at Sandler Center

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Youth and Community Action Team and the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services invite you to attend Voices for Change Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking. The event will be held Saturday, May17, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Sandler Center. It will include:

·         “Every 15 minutes” – MPO Jim McElligott of the Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit will give a presentation designed to dramatically instill in teenagers the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol while driving. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety and the responsibility of making mature decisions when many lives are involved.

·         Guest speakers and panelists, including youth offenders, law enforcement, mental health professionals, Alcohol Beverage Control Board, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and more.

·         Informative community resources

·         Free parking, refreshments and door prizes

·         Free event open  to youth, parents, teachers, officials and resident


Participants are encouraged to register for this free event online at Voices for Change Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking  or (757) 385-0824.


In 2010, underage drinking cost communities nationwide an estimated $62 billion. The cost to individuals and their families in terms of injury, death and other consequences is immeasurable.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors these town hall meetings as part of a national grassroots effort to prevent underage drinking and

  • educate community members about the consequences of underage drinking
  • empower communities to make environmental changes to prevent underage drinking
  • mobilize communities around underage drinking prevention initiatives at the local, state and national levels

DHS Prevention Educators are available to provide substance abuse education to community groups, civic leagues and private institutions. Call Suzanne Phelps at (757) 385-0824 or Ava Lawrence at (757) 385-0816 for more information.


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