Our Objectives

McK-UDOS has two long-term objectives related to its mission:

  • Underage drinking: Decrease the percentage of high school students (10th and 12th graders) reporting 30-day past use of alcohol from 27% in 2016 to 17% in 2020.

    From the 2016 to 2018 IYS, the percentage of high school students (10th and 12th graders) reporting 30-day past use of alcohol has dropped to 26%


  • Marijuana use: Decrease the percentage of high school students (10th and 12th graders) reporting a 30-day past use of marijuana from 16% in 2016 to 10% in 2020.

    From the 2016 to 2018 IYS, the percentage of high school students (10th and 12th graders) r reporting 30-day past use of marijuana has remained the same at 16%.

Our Plan

To work towards these objectives, the coalition plans to:

  • Raise awareness among parents and community members (e.g. schools, businesses, law enforcement) about the social host law, and the harms from underage drinking and¬†marijuana use through a public education and social marketing campaign.
  • Mobilize the community to advocate for policies which prevent selling and using marijuana on school grounds and at local parks.
  • Educate parents about the importance of communicating to their teens about not using alcohol and marijuana, the importance of parental monitoring, and effective communication and monitoring strategies through a public education campaign.
  • Change youth perceptions about their peers drinking alcohol and using marijuana through a social norms campaign.

The coalition hosts bi-monthly meetings for members to evaluate effectiveness and collaborate on programming. Members also coordinate and provide alcohol prevention education by community outreach and linguistically appropriate focus groups with target youth and parents.

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History of McK-UDOS

2014
2014

The Concept

The Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) and other community-based organizations began to meet in early 2014 to discuss the significant problems of adolescent alcohol and marijuana use in McKinley Park, a neighborhood southwest of Chicago.
2014

Formation of the Coalition

Following a series of meetings, the McKinley Park Underage Drinking and Other Substances Prevention Coalition (McK-UDOS) was created along with its mission and vision statements and organizational structure. The coalition collected relevant qualitative and quantitative data to assess the problem of youth substance use in the community.
2015
2015

DFC Grant

McK-UDOS was awarded the Drug Free Community Support (DFC) grant to prevent underage drinking and adolescent marijuana use in McKinley Park.
2017
2017

STOP Act Grant

McK-UDOS was awarded the STOP Act grant to prevent and reduce underage drinking in the community.
2018
2018

Summer Youth Program

McK-UDOS had its first 6 week summer program for youths 13 to 18-years-old. The youth engaged in various activities and classes, such as, painting, Chinese calligraphy, civic engagement, substance abuse prevention, field trips, and community service projects. At the closing ceremony, the youths works were on display for the community.
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