BTRU2U.ORG Featured on NBC & CBS

BTRU2U.ORG Featured on CBS Miami & NBC

We were fortunate to partner this morning with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the State Attorney’s Office to hold a press conference about our BTRU2U Prevention Campaign.  BTRU2U is a countywide campaign that aims to prevent alcohol and substance abuse and impaired driving. This new partnership provides innovative and evidence based substance abuse prevention programs and strategies that are the foundation of a sustained public health and wellness community model.  Please see the CBSMiami.com article and the NBC News press conference link below.

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With Spring Break for Miami-Dade school students just around the corner, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has launched a new campaign to stress the dangers of drinking and driving.

The BTru2U campaign is a collaboration between MADD, the State Attorney’s Office, and The Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community.

Jenny Reyes, 22, knows the deadly results of drinking and driving first hand.

On the morning of January 21st, 2015, her father, Walter Reyes, was cycling on the Rickenbacker Causeway, training for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver. Alejandro Alvarez, 21, was reportedly returning home after a night of drinking on Miami Beach when the accident happened.

“Wednesday morning at this time I was understanding my life had just changed, all the plans we had after 25 years of marriage, all gone that day because of a 21-year-old who should have known better,” said Reyes’ widow Maribel.
“I have forgotten what my father’s laugh sounds like,” said Jenny Reyes, ” he had such a deep, contagious laugh.”
MADD says parents, not peers, are the biggest influence on a young person’s decision to not drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking.

“Please remember this, one in three young people admit to getting in a car with a drinking driver,” said MADD’s Helen Witty.

Jenny Reyes and her mother said they share their heartbreaking story to prevent tragedies like there’s from happening.
“We open the wound over and over again because what we are trying to do is to make sure that people understand and realize this is not a video game, there is no do over, you don’t get another life once the choices are made, that is it,” said Jenny Reyes.

One of the big events during this year’s campaign will be PowerTalk 21 Day, April 21st, which is the group’s national day for parents to begin conversations with their kids about alcohol.

Seventy-four percent of kids (8-17) said their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking.

MADD adds that parents must not only talk about the dangers of underage drinking but set a good example by not doing it themselves or with their kids.

A nationwide survey by MADD in 2016 found that 80 percent of parents said they had talked to their children about the dangers of riding with a drinking driver. However, 43 percent of parents admitted to having a drink or two at dinner and then driving their children home in the past year, and one in four parents admitted to riding with a drinking driver in the past year.

A study by Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Biobehavioral Health found that students are more willing to ride with a drinking driver if they see their parents do so.

7 Tips to Help Teens Prevent Underage Alcohol & Drug Abuse

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7 Tips to Help Teens

7 Tips to Help Teens Prevent Underage Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Even though it may seem like it, not everyone is “doing it.” A recent nationwide survey conducted by “Monitoring the Future” (MTF), found that just about 53.3% of high school seniors have never tried alcohol or illegal drugs.
Here are 7 tips to help teens to deal with the challenges associated with underage drinking and drug use:

Step 1: Birds of a Feather – The people that we spend our time with can heavily influence our decisions, and you may be at increased risk if you hang around others who routinely drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, abuse prescription drugs or use illegal drugs.

Step 2: Think Ahead – Don’t become a victim of someone else’s alcohol or drug abuse. Make sure that there is someone you can call, day or night, if you need them to pick you up. Also, create a plan in advance for attending parties, or going out with your friends and inform your parents about them so that you are on the same page.

Step 3: Don’t Be Afraid, Say “No” – The fear of a negative reaction from one of our friends, or someone we’ve recently met, keeps us from thinking clearly and doing what we know is right sometimes. Don’t let someone else force a decision that they have made for their life onto yours. Say NO!

Step 4: Talk to Mom & Dad…or an Aunt or Uncle – Having people close to you that you can rely on creates a support system that can help you make tough decisions about alcohol and drugs. The opportunity to benefit from someone else’s life experiences can be invaluable and will only help you to put things into perspective.

Step 5: Educate Yourself –  Don’t rely on the myths and misconceptions that are floating around amongst your friends, or the internet. Educating yourself increases your ability to make the right decisions, at the right time. As you learn, share what you’ve learned with your friends and your family so that they too can be empowered. See educational resources here.

Step 6: Speak Up, Speak Out & Take Control –  Take responsibility of your life, your health and your safety.  Speak up about what alcohol and drugs are doing to your friends and your community, and encourage others to do the same. If you, or someone you know, is having trouble with alcohol or drugs, get help now. Don’t wait!

Step 7: Don’t Include Alcohol or Drugs – Learn how to enjoy life without incorporating alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs can change who you are and limit your life’s potential. If you find that you have extra time that you may be spending unwisely, get involved in school and community activities such as music, sports, arts, or even volunteering.

These 7 tips to help teens will not only limit the amount of exposure to situations associated with drugs and/or alcohol, but they will also help to empower you so that you can help others to do the same. If you think that you, or a friend, may have a problem with alcohol or drug abuse, please don’t hesitate to contact us for help right now. (305) 273-3744 Ext. 7232

6 Tips for Parents to Help Prevent Underage Alcohol & Drug Abuse

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6 Tips for Parents to Help Prevent Underage Alcohol & Drug Abuse

It is difficult as parents to consistently monitor what our teens are doing throughout the day, every day. And it has definitely gotten increasingly more difficult to expect kids to refrain from underage abuse of alcohol and drugs without being properly armed with the right social tools. As parents, we are always trying to insulate our kids from these evils, but it is definitely an uphill battle.
Here are a 6 tips for parents to help create a plan that will help prevent underage drinking and/or drug abuse in their household.

Step 1: Discuss Expectations – It is important that you constantly speak with your children about what your expectations are regarding their behavior toward drugs and alcohol, and then work as closely with them to help meet those expectations.

Step 2: Be Open, or Be Shutout – Although it is much easier said than done, keep your communication open about alcohol use. An overreaction to bad news about alcohol use by your, or other, teens in your community, and you’re likely not to get the full story the next time a similar subject is brought up. The more your teen is willing to talk with you about alcohol, the better the chances that he or she will not drink.

Step 3: Self Esteem is Critical – Helping your children develop a strong sense of self-esteem, as well as the necessary social skills to withstand peer pressure, will help them avoid situations where they feel compelled to drink. Always let them know they are loved and valued.

Step 4: Spend Time with Your Children – Spend as much time with your children as you can. Let them know that you are aware of alcohol use within the school community, and that you know that they may be encouraged to drink alcohol by their peers. However, always be encouraging and implore them to make smart decisions.

Step 5: Make a Pledge – Make an alcohol-free pledge with your children throughout the duration of their high school years and constantly remind them about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, including the lethal effect of binge drinking. Suggest other ways for them to deal with stress and emotional problems and provide support for them throughout their challenges.

Step 6: Set Consequences – It’s important that kids understand that every decision they make has consequences. Don’t allow them to think they that are “getting away” with behavior that your family has deemed as unacceptable.

 

6 Tips for Parents

According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, more than 6 million young people reported that they have engaged in binge drinking. It is not hard to see why, when you see how teenagers are bombarded with advertising and subliminal messaging. When a teenager sees a beer ad, where the men and women are dancing and having a great time – and then the screen pans to a shot of their beers prominently displayed, and being consumed by these people who are having the times of their lives, it is difficult for them to forget that and focus on how bad alcohol is “supposed” to be for their health.

So, it is our job to consistently use the tools like the 6 tips for parents above to help our teenagers to abstain from alcohol and drug abuse.

If you think that your teen may have a problem with alcohol or drug abuse, please don’t hesitate to contact us for help right now. (305) 273-3744 Ext. 7232

Walk Like MADD – 2/25/17

We Walk to End Drunk Driving.

Will you take up the fight by joining us at Walk Like MADD?

EVENT DETAILS : www.walklikemadd.org/miami 
Promo code for $5 off : BTRU2U

WALK LIKE MADD is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our community. This year, thousands of people in over 60 cities around the nation will participate in 5k events to eliminate drunk driving from our roadways.

You can help MADD eliminate drunk driving by signing up for a Walk Like MADD event near you as a walker, team captain, or volunteer. You can even be involved without attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team.

 

Give Miami Day – 11/17/16

Every Donation Counts!

Working together to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Support The Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community on November 17, 2016 to raise much needed funds.
A portion of the Donations made through www.givemiami.org on November 17th will be matched by the Miami Foundation.

Without the assistance of the comminity-minded individuals just like you, we would not be able to serve youth and families each year!