I received a call today from a Youth Ministry Coordinator who wanted resources to use regarding talking with the teens about alcohol, underage drinking, binging, etc.
I thought I would share a few of those we found during our discussion:
Old "Youth Update" -- but where to go for help section is still valuable
Do Something - Facts about teens and alcohol
National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center
Partnership for Drugfree.org -- Parent's Tool Kit
Why Teens Drink/Consequences
MADD -- Guide to talking with teens about alcohol (for parents - so you may want to tell them about it -- and there looks to be some stats and info your core team could pull out to discuss at tables)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Students Against Destructive Decisionshttp://www.sadd.org/
Lifeteen articls "Thinking about Drinking"
NFCYM "Hot Button" issues - Resources listing
(Please note that while I have NOT had time to fully investigate each and every linked page to the resources listed, and I do not necessarily endorse all that the related organizations represent, I am only drawing your attention to specific tools that look helpful -- please let me know if you have addition ones or even better ones. Thanks!)
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.