SD PARENTS! We invite you to . . .
"BE THE INFLUENCE”
Teen Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drug Use
Together with the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative (RVHCC), the San Domenico School administration and the Parent Service Association (PSA) seek to improve the health, safety and well-being of our community by reducing teen alcohol, marijuana and other drug use, including:
- Easy access by teens to alcohol, marijuana and other drugs;
- Parties and gatherings at homes (as well as rented venues such as community centers, hotel rooms, clubs and party buses) involving teen use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs;
- Binge drinking;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs; and
- Prescription drug abuse.
Statistics show that parents have more influence than they think.
What can you do as a parent?
Join SD's "Be the Influence" (BTI) Campaign
Make the BTI Parent Commitment! Make your best efforts to discourage teen alcohol or other drug use by sticking to the simple measures listed in our Commitment. The research is clear that the longer teens "delay" using, the better off they will be as adults - and allowing use at home leads to more use elsewhere. Once you provide the contact information on the BTI Parent Commitment to the PSA by signing up online, you will be given access to the BTIParticipant List.
Use the BTI Participant List to get to know your teen's friend's parents and monitor what your teen is up to. The BTI Participant List contains contact information of other BTI Marin parents, including email addresses and cell phone numbers. A link to the Parent Commitment List will be emailed to you after your Commitment has been submitted. This link will only be given other BTI Marin parents.
Confirm your teen's whereabouts, level of adult supervision and lack of access to alcohol and other drugs. Get to know your teen's friends and communicate and network with their parents. Don't hesitate to make those "cold calls" (or use email or text-messaging) to your teen's friend's parents. This is not only useful when your student attends hosted weekend parties and sleepovers, but also during the weekday afternoon hours.
Model the Behavior that You Want to See in Your Teen. Marin's high rates of teen alcohol and drug use mirror adult rates. Remember that your teens are watching you.
Just Say "Know": Talk with and Listen to your Teens. Get educated on the latest research and trends by attending Parent Education events and reading our regular BTI Updates emailed to BTI Parents on a monthly basis. Make use of the timely information and additional resources to start conversations with your teens - and then listen to what they have to say. Stay tuned for updates and newsletters!
For general questions about this program, please contact SD BTI via the SD PSA
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