Parent Awareness and Education Programs
Hidden Camera Showing Illegal Alcohol Purchases
WUSA9News Now used a hidden camera to show viewers how underage kids have been buying alcohol illegally. http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/188290/158/Undercover-Volunteer-Shows-How-Easy-Buying-Alcohol-Can-Be
If Virginia stores are illegally selling alcohol in our communities, they need to be reported. Here's how: http://www.abc.virginia.gov/complaint/controller.jsp
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
February has been declared National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month by President Obama. Can you recognize an unhealthy teen relationship? Do you know how to best help a friend, son or daughter who's in a troublesome partnership, at home or away at college?
Super Bowl Sunday can be a great family day.
If you're hosting a party, remember that 21 is the legal drinking age. Don't be a party to underage drinking. Parents, the alcohol advertisements during the game can be a good teachable moment; you and your children can talk later about what they thought about them and you can discuss the real dangers of underage drinking.
Great American Smoke Out
Smoking and smokeless tobacco use are usually initiated during adolescence. SADD chapters across the nation are marking this as Wipe Out Smoking Month, and on Nov. 17, the American Cancer Society marks the 36th Great American Smokeout by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.
Three to Succeed
The Three to Succeed concept is based on the Fairfax County Youth Survey analysis that shows how just having three assets (or strengths) dramatically reduces risk behaviors and promotes thriving youth.
How to help promote thriving youth: View fact sheet
Watch the Three to Succeed video: (Links to video in English and Spanish are on this page)
New Youth Survey Results
Fairfax County Youth Survey Results: A Window into the Lives of Our Youth.
Results of the recently released Youth Survey were presented at the last regular meeting of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County on Jan. 23.
Virginia's Social Host Law
Update to Virginia's Social Host Law concerning underage drinking went into effect on JULY 1, 2011
Most adults know it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors, but as of July 1, adults have another reason to think twice before furnishing alcoholic beverages to underage youth.