Mothers Against Drunk Driving Minnesota Harnesses the Power of Parents
ST. PAUL, Minn., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — For many families in the Twin Cities, the arrival of spring means a rite of passage as their teenaged children attend prom and even prepare for graduation. It’s also one of the more dangerous times of the year for teens on the brink of adulthood as parties stretch late into the night and opportunities for underage drinking abound.
For parents trying to find the right words, or even the right opportunities to have that important conversation with teens about the dangers of underage drinking, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Minnesota offers a resource that gives them the tools they need.
MADD’s Power of Parents: It’s Your Influence (TM) program provides a research-based parent handbook, along with offering free 30-minute workshops, to equip parents and other caring adults with the tools and strategies to effectively talk with teens about alcohol.
Workshops will be held throughout April, leading up to PowerTalk 21 day – the annual day for parents and teens to start the conversation about alcohol on April 21. PowerTalk 21 day is intentionally positioned in advance of prom, graduation and other events around which teens may encounter alcohol, providing families with an opportunity to have an important conversation at what may be a critical time.
“Studies show that 74 percent of kids turn to their parents for guidance on drinking, but parents are often caught off-guard, uncertain of what to say,” said Lindsey Carlson, Youth Programs Specialist, MADD Minnesota. “Informed, caring parents can make a difference–and we’re here to help with tips and expert resources so parents can talk effectively about alcohol with teens and support safer communities.”
Underage drinking has become a teen epidemic. More than 6,000 people die each year as a result of underage drinking – more than all other illegal drugs combined. If you were to put that same number of people on a regular-sized school bus, you’d fill more than 77 school buses.
Participating in MADD’s program is easy:
- Parents and other caring adults can visit the Power of Parents website any time of day, any day of the week, to download a copy of the handbook and send questions to a panel of experts.
- A simple time investment of 30 minutes at a free seminar will give adults valuable information to help them learn more about the issue of underage drinking, how to use the handbook, and to receive a copy of the handbook.
- Parent group organizers can also host their own workshop using MADD’s Power of Parents facilitators. Parent nights for driver’s education, school sports and extra-curriculars, after-school programs, etc. are great venues for providing this information to parents and other caregivers.
To learn more about this program and to schedule a customized workshop, contact Lindsey Carlson at 651.523.0802 x2753. Parents can also search for a workshop in their area by visiting http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/the-power-of-parents/workshops/
About MADD Minnesota
Founded in 1982, MADD – Minnesota’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. MADD is a 501c(3) non-profit, grassroots organization with approximately 600 affiliates and 2 million members and supporters nationwide. MADD has saved nearly 300,000 lives nationwide since its start, including 27,000 young lives through the passage of groundbreaking public health laws. For more information, please visit www.madd.org/mn or call 877.ASK.MADD.
SOURCE MADD MN