According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, underage drinking is responsible for over 4,300 deaths in the U.S. each year. Underage drinking can cause a many problems for young people, including a higher risk of suicide, car crashes and changes in brain development. What kind of conversations can parents, family and community members have with the young people to prevent underage drinking? What messages should we be sending to our young people about drinking? One approach, called “Positive Community Norms” is highlighting the number of young people who don’t drink in order send a message that not everyone is doing it. Can this approach work in Native America? What do you share with the young people in your life about drinking?
Panganga Pungowiyi (St. Lawrence Island Yupik) – wellness director at Kawerak
Kanoelehua Egleston (Native Hawaiian) – direct services manager for youth services at Native American Youth and Family Center
Donna Lupee (Zuni) – health educator coordinator for the Zuni Teen Health Center
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