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Youth Coalition Performs “Shoulder Tap” in Chinatown
Youth Coalition members recently completed an underage drinking awareness event at liquor stores in Chinatown. During a “Shoulder Tap” students visit a neighborhood other than Allston-Brighton (to lessen the chances of being recognized by friends, etc.) and solicit passersby for alcohol outside of liquor stores. If the adult refuses to buy it for them, students give them cards to commend them on doing the right thing while also listing penalties for supplying alcohol to minors. If someone does agree to buying alcohol, they receive a “thumbs down” card which also has the penalties. The Youth Coalition is accompanied by members of ABSATF as well as a Boston police officer during these activities.
ABSATF Offers Tips for Keeping Youth Safe and Sober During Holidays
December 10, 2013
The abundance of holiday parties often means more opportunities to use drugs and alcohol. Not surprisingly, the increase in drug and alcohol-related tragedies is at least 50 percent during the holiday season. As a parent, you need to be on the lookout for potential situations that may endanger your child. Talk with them about why it’s a good idea to stay away from drugs and alcohol. And most importantly, be a role model of the behavior you would like to see in your children. The Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force has tips and recipes to make sure your holidays stay safe and healthy. Please see our holiday brochure.
Youth Coalition Celebrates Above the Influence Day
October 22, 2013
The ABSATF Youth Coalition celebrated Above the Influence Day on October 17 by sharing photos of the ATI symbol drawn on their hands and arms on social mediasites. Aquilt depicting the students' positive influences, such as sports, family, friends and religion, will hang in the Oak Square YMCA this weekend during the Oak Scare (Halloween-themed) event for families.