Alcohol is the most widely misused drug by youth in our community, with serious, potentially lifelong negative consequences. However, many youth and parents underestimate the dangers of alcohol use.
To better inform the community about the risks of underage alcohol use, RAD Coalition members, Day One, Jewish Family Services, Pasadena Public Health Department and Pacific Clinics - Asian Pacific Family Center, in collaboration with Straight Up and other community partners, staged two "reality parties" in September 2014 to give parents an eye-opening opportunity to learn more about the current realities of underage drinking parties and how to help change these dangerous social norms.
The South Pasadena party was the subject of a lengthy report by local CBS News affiliate KCal 9. Coverage can still be viewed online by here or on the photo below.
Parents were able to take 30 minute tours through a staged party in a local residence and then participate in a 30 minute debrief discussion and resource fair. Local youth and teen actors depicted drug and alcohol use, as well as dangerous behavior, typically present at a teen party.
A few photos of the 9/13/2014 Pasadena event can be viewed below, and photos of the South Pasadena event can be viewed here.
"Reality Party" Photos - Pasadena
Local coalition Healthy South Pasadena is hosting a special "Reality Party" for parents Saturday, September 27, 2014.
Designed to raise awareness about the realities of underage drinking, binge drinking and drug culture prevalent at teen house parties, the event will educate parents about existing trends and risks that affect the safety and well being of youth.
Participants will take a thirty-minute tour through a “house party” in a local residence and then participate in a community discussion and resource fair. Youth actors along with local teens will illustrate drug and alcohol use among youth. Following the tour parents are invited to stay and participate in a 30 minute debrief and facilitated discussion.
To register visit: http://www.straightupvc.org/register
This event is free and open to the public.
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