The City of Lakewood is one of hundreds of communities nation-wide that will hold an Underage Drinking Prevention: National Town Hall Meeting on March 28 (5-7:30 p.m.) at Clover Park High School. The meeting is open to middle and high school students, parents, teachers and public officials county-wide. The City of Lakewood, in collaboration with the Lakewood Youth Council, Lakewood Police and their police explorer post, the student leadership of Clover Park School District and Steilacoom High School, Youth Leading Change of the Safe Streets Campaign, City Beverages (Budweiser) and the Washington State Liquor Control Board invite all to gather to learn more about the devastating impacts of underage drinking and discuss ways to address this problem.
Our state legislators, led by Senator Mike Carrell and senior officials from County and municipal government, led by Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, Pierce County Council Member Dick Muri, and Mayors Claudia Thomas and Ron Lucas, will participate to help empower meaningful and effective solutions.
The event will start with a free dinner while touring educational displays. Following dinner, State Representative Dennis Flannigan will lead a panel of youth, victims, police and counselors to discuss the scope of the problem. Then attendees will break into work groups to develop a plan of action for an extended campaign.
Some Important Facts:
- Ten percent of 9-to-10 year-olds say that they already have started drinking alcohol.
- By the time youth reach 8th grade, 41% have had at least one drink, and almost 20% report having been “drunk.”
- Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.
- Demonstrated parental disapproval is the strongest influence on youthful alcohol use.
For more information, contact Dennis Higashiyama at (253) 589-2489.