In fall 2015, the Virginia Department of Education in partnership with Virginia ABC and MADD disseminated the Underage Drinking Prevention educational brochure to parents of seniors. For more information, see Resources for Parents.
Working Together to Prevent Underage Drinking
Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) launched this site in 2015 to provide resources to prevent underage drinking and impaired driving to youth, families, educators, and other community stakeholders across the Commonwealth of Virginia. VAHPERD believes that the good choices that children, adolescents and their families make through their school age years will enable them to thrive long into adulthood.
In October 2016, VAHPERD received a one year grant from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office to further engage high school students in celebrating alcohol free lifestyles through the Choose Your Vibe- Alive Arrive social media campaign; and to encourage parents and other adults in communities across Virginia to: have high quality conversations about alcohol use with youth, discourage adult-hosting of underage drinking particles; and uphold Virginia’s U-21 alcohol laws that prohibit underage drinking and impaired driving.
VAHPERD collaborates on these activities with numerous other agencies, including the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and MADD Virginia. The foundation for our activities is the evidence base and resources of CDC, NHTSA, NIAAA , and SAMHSA.
The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health Services and the Center for School Community Collaboration at VCU provided VAHPHERD with the funding in 2015 to launch this initiative.