Our Vision is “Our youth, families and community will be safe, healthy and drug-free.” To achieve this vision, our coalition’s primary goals include: 1) building relationships with local communities, businesses, organizations, schools, parents, youth, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, healthcare professionals, volunteers, media, and other stakeholders; 2) preventing or reducing underage alcohol consumption and marijuana use among the Hispanic and Asian youth in the community by increasing perception of risk, and reducing availability of substance to our youth population.
The first-year program activities have been focusing on: coalition building; community needs assessment and data collection from the parent survey, youth focus group discussion, and key informant interview; Illinois Youth Survey and Parent survey data analysis; environmental scan; raising community awareness by conducting informational sessions to disseminate needs assessment findings and coalition progress report to the community members. We have successfully administered the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) in three middle schools and one high school in McKinley Park with more than 600 students participated in the survey, plus 400 parent surveys collected. We have maintained a 12-sector coalition through involving the members in the program activities, and by keeping members informed of the coalition progress through different communication strategies.
If you are interested in joining the coalition or want to get involved in the program, please contact Vernalynne De La RoSa Project Coordinator at 312-225-8708 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Half of Us
Above the Influence
Just Think Twice
NIDA for Teens
Too Smart to Start
Alcohol Rehab Guide
Community Anti-Drugs Coalition of America
Partnership for Drug Free Kids
Chicago Lakeshore Hospital
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2017
Contact: Vernalynne De La Rosa
Parent-Teen Communication & Monitoring: Prevent Underage Drinking for the Holidays
Chicago, IL: As the holiday season is upon us, the McKinley Park Underage Drinking and Other Substance Prevention Coalition (McK-UDOS) encourages parents to be more aware of where their teenagers are, who they are with, and what they are doing. Also, take precautions to prevent your teens from accessing alcohol at family gatherings, and talk to them about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking. In 2016, only 48% of high school students reported their parents talked to them about not using alcohol, and nearly 60% believe they would never get caught if they drank (Illinois Youth Survey, 2016).
Alcohol remains a significant problem among adolescents in the United States. Kids who drink are more likely to use drugs, get bad grades, have unwanted or unprotected sex, get into an argument or fight, be a victim of violent crime, and have health problems.
Here are 10 tips for parents to talk to their teens about not using alcohol:
- Have lots of small conversations. Not just one.
- Talk to them when a spontaneous moment comes up – in the car, at dinner, while watching TV, or doing chores.
- Talk to them honestly and openly.
- Don’t lecture and criticize.
- Show respect for your teen’s opinions.
- Keep it short and simple.
- Be a good listener.
- Make sure you set clear rules about drinking and enforce them.
- Develop a few strategies with your teen on ways he/she can say no to peer pressure to drink and practice them.
- Show you care about them.
Remember, you have a powerful influence on the choices your teen makes. The choices that they make now using alcohol can have long-term negative consequences. McK-UDOS wishes you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
About McK-UDOS: Established in 2015, the mission of McK-UDOS is to prevent substance use among youth in McKinley Park of Chicago through building community partnerships, assessing the community’s needs and resources, developing strategic plans, and implementing and evaluating the coalition’s activities for awareness, advocacy, education, and sustainability
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Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage all community members to attend! Our bi-monthly meetings are held every fourth Friday of every other month from 6PM-8PM.
Meetings are always held at the Midwest Asian Health Association, 230 W Cermak Rd. 2ND FL Chicago, IL 60616.
Our next meeting will be on:
March 22nd, 2018
- Talk to your children or grandchildren about NOT using alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs.
- Provide and monitor rules for your children and make them accountable. Being careful not to give unintentional messages to children when it comes to alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs.
- Make sure your children’s social environments are drug-free. Ensure that alcohol is not available to your child at home or from others when your child is not under your supervision.
- Understand the social host laws.
- Attend a McK-UDOS coalition meeting: coalition meets the fourth Friday of every other month at Midwest Asian Health Association from 6PM-8PM, interested members are always welcome!
Hong Liu – Project Director
Vernalynne De La Rosa – Project Coordinator
Address: 230 W Cermak Rd. 2nd FL, Chicago IL, 60616
Phone Number: (312) 225-8708