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County teens speak out about underage drinking

County teens speak out about underage drinking

Students attending the Fourth Annual Teen Alcohol Forum participate in ice breaker activities before getting into groups to discuss underage drinking.


POSTED April 2, 2010 11:13 p.m.
To help reduce underage drinking, the Stanislaus County Office of Education has gone straight to the source — teens. Over 75 students from schools throughout Stanislaus County attended the Fourth Annual Teen Alcohol Forum on Wednesday to discuss how they feel about teen drinking.
“The goal of the forum is to raise awareness of issues related to underage drinking and provide an opportunity for youth to discuss the issues, problems and solutions of underage drinking,” according to the SCOE press release.
At the event, students started with ice breakers then broke into groups that were guided by youth facilitators along with an adult mentor. Each group was asked questions, then their collective answers were used to better educate teens on underage drinking.
The information collected from Wednesday’s event will be announced at a community forum in May.
“It’s really interactive with students and I get to show why teen drinking is bad,” said Amada Zetz, senior at Waterford High School. “I get to get my word out there and share my own personal experience.”   
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail mmartens@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.

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