After nearly 8 weeks of planning and coordination, the FNL chapter at Pacifica High School in Oxnard held a Town Hall Meeting on underage alcohol use prevention. The Town Hall Meeting, titled “Arrive Alive” occurred on campus and included the entire Senior class, teachers, counselors, administrators, families, Oxnard Police, and community members.
The Arrive Alive Town Hall Meeting was funded in part by mini-grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and the California Office of Traffic Safety in collaboration with Friday Night Live, Oxnard Police Department, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Ventura County Public Health, and Ventura County Behavioral Health.
The event had the attendees participate in a walk-through resource fair to interact with community agencies that serve youth and families. Then, the audience viewed a panel discussion with representatives from Pacifica High School, MADD, Oxnard Police Department, Ventura County Public Health, and Ventura County Behavioral Health.
The event was incredibly successful in meeting its goal to continue discussion around the risks associated with underage alcohol use, open communication between youth and adults, and offering positive alternatives for young people to participate in.