The public is welcome to this meeting, which addresses concerns regarding underage drinking.
Tiverton has “a lot of work to do” if it wants to reduce the number of its teens who are drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, according to findings from the Tiverton Health and Wellness Survey, which was administered to 498 Tiverton High School students in February.
The Coalition has scheduled a Town Hall Meeting to present complete survey findings and to begin a discussion of strategies the town can use to reduce the number of youth who are now drinking, and “to prevent younger children from starting,” Prevention Coalition Coordinator Rebecca Elwell added. Parents, school administrators, teachers, police, elected officials, faith community leaders, alcohol vendors, coaches and other youth workers are encouraged to attend.
The program will include the use of an “audience response system” that enables instantaneous, anonymous polling of the audience. Presenters include Ms. Elwell and Coalition consultant Ray Davis, a Certified Prevention Specialist Supervisor; John Mattson, the DFC grant evaluator who designed the survey and wrote the report; and Ed Parr of O’Toole + Parr, The Coalition’s communications consultants.
The Town Hall Meeting runs from 6:30 to 8 pm. Doors open at 6. Seating is first come, first served until hall capacity is reached.