Bay Area Alliance Leads the Charge to Address Underage Drinking

Bay Area Alliance Leads the Charge to Address Underage Drinking
Posted on 11/10/2014
For more information, please contact:
Amanda McLauchlin – Coalition Manager
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Bay Area Alliance Leads the Charge to Address Underage Drinking

Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees Commit to Not in My Backyard Campaign, an effort to stop underage drinking.
From Left, Back Row: Dr. Greg Smith, CCISD Superintendent and CCISD Trustees Charles Pond, Laura DuPont, Page Rander and Ken Baliker.
Front Row, from Left: Dee Scott, Win Weber and Ann Hammond.

The Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families works to unite and mobilize the community to create an alcohol and drug-free future for our youth.  As part of their mission to ensure the safety of Bay Area youth, the Alliance has launched a new campaign called “Not in My Backyard” to demonstrate our commitment to ending underage drinking in our community.  Local businesses, organizations, churches, or neighborhoods are encouraged to take a stand and join the Alliance in this campaign.

The CCISD Board of Trustees was the first group to take a stand at the October Board Meeting on Monday, October 20.  Other groups, such as the City of Nassau Bay City Council have already committed to joining the efforts.

“Our community is no different than the nation when it comes to alcohol and youth,” said Clint deGroot, Alliance President.  “It is important that we, as adults, help our kids make the best decisions possible as we help them grow into the leaders of tomorrow.”  According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the majority of underage drinkers (ages 12-20), 62%, report getting their alcohol from adults such as parents, guardians, other family members or unrelated adults.  

“There also tends to be a misconception about the effect that parents have on their children’s decisions,” said deGroot.  Eighty-three percent of youth report parents are the leading influence in their decision to not to drink alcohol. (Source: The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, February 2012)  “That means that we do make a difference.”  

If you, your business, or other organization is interested in participating, contact the Alliance at 281-284-0370 or
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