The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and the Mayors Youth Empowerment Council will host the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Summit on Thursday, September 26th at 2pm in the Mayors Conference Room, City Hall. Community stakeholders have organized to address the Surgeon General’s call to action to prevent and reduce underage drinking.
Mayor Davis stated, “The City of Mount Vernon is very fortunate to have many stakeholders who are committed to improving the health and wellness of our young people. We thank our federal partners who have made funding available for the young people to work on initiatives that will improve our community.”
The project is funded through the US. Department of Health and Human Services Administration, and is designed to work with local merchants, elected officials and community leaders to reduce youth access to alcohol. The Youth Bureau has worked on a number of activities to meet the Surgeon General’s call, which includes the “sticker shock campaign,” where students go out to local stores and place Youth Bureau stickers on alcoholic beverages to remind consumers that purchasing alcohol for minors is illegal. Over the summer, 70 children worked on a three panel mural which was displayed at the Arts on 3rd Street Festival this past weekend. The message within the mural was for youth to stay above the influence of alcohol. The mural is now displayed on the second floor of City Hall.
During the summit, more of the activities that have been conducted throughout the year will be revealed and community leaders will develop a comprehensive, strategic plan to further reduce youth access to alcohol. “We are lucky to have community stakeholders that seek to improve local conditions that impact the lives of our children and youth. By presenting the STOP Act project to the larger community, we seek to gain even more buy-in from key leaders and elected officials,” stated Youth Bureau Executive Director DaMia Harris.
For further information, please contact Makeda James, Project Coordinator through the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at (914) 665-2344 or visit the Youth Bureau at www.youth.cmvny.com. You can also follow the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau on Twitter @MVyouthbureau or Facebook.com/MVyouthbureau.