In the past week, several community groups came together to respond to the unnerving news reported in the IJ about the teenage party in Mill Valley. They have put together an Opinion Editorial that was published in the Sunday, October 6th edition of the Marin Independent Journal: http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_24243460/marin-voice-vigilant-parents-can-stop-teen-parties.
These groups are all working in their communities with parents, police, schools and businesses to reduce teenage binge drinking and drug use. What happened in Mill Valley could really happen to anyone in Marin if we aren't all committed to changing the norms and enforcing the laws. They include:
The Healthy Novato Project: https://www.facebook.com/healthynovato
The Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth: https://www.facebook.com/NBRC4Y
The San Rafael Alcohol and Drug Coalition: http://alcoholjustice.org/
The San Rafael Alcohol Compliance Team (ACT): https://www.facebook.com/SanRafaelACT
The Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth: http://tcc4hy.org/
The Youth Leadership Institute: http://yli.org/
If you were in the shoes of the parents, students, or homeowners how would you feel? How would you react? Place your answers in the comment stream below.
You can learn more about what we are doing and how you can get involved by contacting Kristen Law at the Marin County Prevention Hub (www.marinhhs.org/prevention-hub).