Teens to use new funding to address underage drinking | SierraSun.com

Teens to use new funding to address underage drinking

It’s no secret that teens have a tendency toward mischief. But oftentimes their environment seems to condone negative decisions rather than supporting the benefits of healthy behavior. Now, there are people in the area who think it’s time to change those factors, and that teens are just the ones to show them how.The Community Youth Development Team, a partnership between the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and other community groups, recently received a $17,500 grant from the Placer County Health and Human Services Department to address factors that contribute to teen substance use and abuse. Under the guidance of youth development coordinators, teens from Tahoe Truckee High School and North Tahoe High School will have the opportunity to participate in focus groups and discussion panels that address community issues, such as adults who offer alcohol to minors and local businesses that sell tobacco and alcohol to minors. Teens will then assist community leaders in making a change.”It shifts the thinking away from substance use as being young peoples’ problem, to an issue in the community,” said Laurie Martin, director of Youth and Community Development for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. “It’s not about adults trying to solve a problem; it’s about the teens’ ability to address issues and come up with solutions.”Though the funding has not yet been released, Martin said she anticipates focus groups to form in March and meet through the duration of the school year. SIDE:Information gathered from the 2004 healthy Kids Survey given at Tahoe Truckee High School and North Lake Tahoe High School:9th grade11th gradeDid you use in the past 30 days:28 %49% Alcohol: Marijuana: 14%27%During your life, have you ever: Been very drunk or sick after drinking: 26%53%Been high from using drugs: 23%42%During the past 30 days did you:Drink 5 drinks within a couple of hours: 15%31%

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