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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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!

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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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Let’s be the Influence campaign participating in National Night Out

greater augusta prevention partners.cdrGreater Augusta Prevention Partners and the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth will be promoting their Let’s be the Influence anti-underage drinking campaign in the National Night Out event scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the Target parking lot on Town Center Drive in Waynesboro.

The Let’s be the Influence campaign is aimed at encouraging parents to talk to children and teens about the dangers of underage drinking. The GAPP Coalition is engaging the local community in a month-long campaign to highlight the influence that parents can have on youths to prevent underage drinking.

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The local National Night Out event is being organized by the Waynesboro Police Department, Staunton Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff’s Departent and Target.

The event runs from 6-8 p.m., rain or shine.

National Night Out highlights Law enforcement demos and exhibits, child fingerprinting, library exhitis, child safety seat checks, food for sale, fire and rescue exhibits, blood drive, K-9, pet adoptions, drug take back and more.

The local event also features a live performance of the National Anthem by the Faithful Men and a special appearance by AirCare 5.



News Virginian: Area campaign to prevent underage drinking launched

News Virginian reporter Bob Stuart writes about the regional campaign aimed at getting parents to discuss underage drinking with their teenage children.

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AFP: GAPP campaign aims to engage parents to prevent underage drinking reports on the Let’s be the Influence campaign launch held on July 31, 2015 at City Hall in Waynesboro.

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NBC29: Augusta Co. Working to Fight Underage Drinking

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NBC29 featured the Greater Augusta Prevention Partners and the Let’s be the Influence launch on their newscast. NBC29’s Tara Todd filed this report on the underage drinking prevention campaign running in August in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County.

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