WHSV: The Time Is Now to Talk to Your Kids About Underage Drinking


As Valley kids go back to school, it’s the perfect time to talk with your kids about underage drinking.

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News Virginian: Town hall meeting focuses on underage drinking

Community members from various backgrounds and professions gathered on Thursday evening to meet and discuss a common goal: to learn about and deter underage drinking.

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Augusta Free Press: Town hall meeting in Augusta County discusses impact of underage drinking

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham was on hand August 20 for our Town Hall meeting in Fishersville to discuss underage drinking.

Read AFP’s report online here.

WHSV: Town Hall discussion to focus on underage drinking


WHSV-TV3 highlighted the Greater Augusta Prevention Partners town hall meeting on underage drinking in their noon newscast today.

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Staunton City Council issues proclamation for Underage Drinking Prevention Month


The Greater Augusta Prevention Partners received a proclamation from the Staunton City Council on August 13 in recognition of Underage Drinking Prevention Month. The Let’s be the Influence campaign was launched by GAPP on August 1.


Let’s be the Influence to be focus of town hall meeting on underage drinking

greater augusta prevention partners.cdrGreater Augusta Prevention Partners and the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth are hosting a town hall meeting on underage drinking that will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20, at Wilson Middle School.

Speakers at the town hall meeting include Anne F. Reed, a local juvenile justice attorney, Derek Almarode from the Augusta County Sheriff’s office, and more.

The event, part of the Let’s be the Influence campaign from GAPP and the Office on Youth, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. The public is invited.

The town hall meeting is aimed at bringing the community together around the issue of underage drinking. Participants can learn about what is being done about underage drinking and the pressures youth face to drink.

Light dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Childcare and children’s activities provided.

More online at ValleyPrevention.com.


Letter to the Editor: Talk with your kids about alcohol abuse

The News Leader in Staunton ran a Letter to the Editor by Martha Mikell online on August 13. The writer is club sponsor of Stuarts Draft High School chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions.

The Greater Augusta Prevention Partners have recently launched a campaign titled “Let’s Be the Influence” that needs to be looked at by every parent in our area …

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It also ran in the News Virginian.

And on AugustaFreePress.com.

Three winners announced for first Facebook promotion

The Greater Augusta Prevention Partners completed the first giveaway of the month through a contest on the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth Facebook page.

As part of our Let’s be the Influence campaign for August, we asked our Facebook followers: “How are you the influence for your children? Share with us how you talk to your kids about underage drinking.”

Mary: “With my kids, I don’t sugarcoat anything when we talk. It’s no TV. No Interruptions. It’s quiet at the kitchen table sitting with a list of questions, and if available, I already have information on standby …. whether books, videos or whatever we have.”

Anne: “I like to talk with them in the car with the radio off. No distractions, no cells or devices while we are talking. This is also when we have The Sex Talk. They can’t go anywhere. And sometimes with an “intense” conversation, it helps that we don’t have to be face to face. So we are less embarrassed and they can feel more confident in asking questions.”

Jenn: “I’m looking forward to the event so I can learn more on how to talk to my four boys about this. To be honest, other than saying “don’t drink,” I don’t know how to approach the subject with them which scares me because they are all at the age where peer pressure could lead them to trying it.”

All three received a free GAPP messenger bag!

For more information on the campaign or the Town Hall meeting on August 20, visit www.ValleyPrevention.com

View our next contest online now at https://www.facebook.com/OfficeonYouth

AFP: GAPP campaign featured in magazine

The Let’s be the Influence campaign launched by the Greater Augusta Prevention Partners has a story in Augusta Free Press: The Magazine. The underage drinking campaign is included as a feature story and has an in-kind ad on the back cover.

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Let’s be the Influence campaign in Chamber newsletter

The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce featured the Let’s be the Influence campaign in their Weekly Newsletter Tuesday.

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