Support Your Children's Future - Keep Them Alcohol Free! Release Date: June 23, 2010
Support Your Children's Future - Keep Them Alcohol Free!
The Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Community and Youth Services and the County Municipal Alliance funded through The Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in collaboration with The Center for Prevention and Counseling are providing an alcohol-free afternoon at Skylands Park.
To support your children's future and to keep them alcohol free, we are encouraging individuals and families who want to set the example of enjoying sports without alcohol, as well as for those in recovery who want to experience alcohol-free recreation to come join us for a baseball game, at Skylands Park, on August 15, 2010. There will be 1,500 free tickets available to families and community members to this drug and alcohol-free activity, while providing information about substance abuse and community-wide prevention programs. We hope to create an environmental change regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages at ballparks and to educate residents about the messages young people receive when adults "need" beer to enjoy a ballgame.
Three quarters of teens/young adults (ages 13-24) surveyed said their parents make them happy and almost half, when asked to name their hero, named their parents. And when asked the open-ended question, "What one thing in life makes you most happy?" Forty-six percent cited spending time with family members and friends. (MTV Survey, 2007)
This event promotes family togetherness and provides an opportunity to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol to combat substance abuse. There will be information available for parents and adults caring for children to help make talking to kids easier regarding alcohol, steroids, chewing tobacco and more. Talking to your kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol isn't as hard as you think. Kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs, yet only 31 percent report learning a lot from their parents. (Source: Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, 2005)