The Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP Act) of 2006 was the nation’s first comprehensive legislation on underage drinking. One of the primary components of the Act is the STOP Act grant program, which provides funds to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 20. The STOP Act grant program enables coalitions to strengthen collaboration and coordination to prevent and reduce in underage drinking in their communities.
Grants are awarded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency) to current or previous Drug Free Communities Coalition applicants. The Hampden-Wilbraham Partners for Youth coalition applied for STOP Act funding in May, 2016 and received a Notification of Award on September 2, 2016.
The STOP-Act proposal built upon prevention efforts currently underway, while looking more closely at issues that could be relevant to pre- and younger teens’ access to and decisions about using alcohol.
The project will enhance the capacity of the Coalition and its many partners to work together to promote the physical, social, and emotional well-being of Hampden-Wilbraham youth.
SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.
To learn more about the campaign go here.
The "Talk. They Hear You." (TTHY) app is an interactive game that helps you learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to kids about underage drinking.
Using avatars, you’ll practice bringing up the topic of alcohol; learn the questions to ask; and get ideas for keeping the conversation going.
Learn more about the app below:
For more information on underage alcohol facts and its effects on the brain and body, visit the NIAAA website here: Underage Drinking