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Underage Drinking Prevention Education Project

Working Together to Prevent Underage Drinking 

Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD launched this site in 2015 to provide resources to prevent underage drinking and impaired driving to youth, families, educators, and other community stakeholders across the Commonwealth of Virginia. VAHPERD believes that the good choices that children, adolescents and their families make through their school age years will enable them to thrive long into adulthood.

In October 2016, VAHPERD received a one year grant from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office to further engage high school students in celebrating alcohol free lifestyles through the Choose Your Vibe- Alive Arrive social media campaign; and to encourage parents and other adults in communities across Virginia to: have high quality conversations about alcohol use with youth, discourage adult-hosting of underage drinking particles; and uphold Virginia’s U-21 alcohol laws that prohibit underage drinking and impaired driving.

VAHPERD collaborates on these activities with numerous other agencies, including the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and MADD Virginia. The foundation for our activities is the evidence base and resources of CDC, NHTSANIAAA , and SAMHSA.

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health Services and the Center for School Community Collaboration at VCU provided VAHPHERD with the funding in 2015 to launch this initiative.

Choose Your Vibe Youth Social Media Campaign

VAHPERD's Choose Your Vibe - Arrive Alive! campaign is a social media campaign to promote healthy, alcohol free lifestyles and the avoidance of consequences to health and wellness, academic and career achievement that results from engaging in illegal underage drinking and drinking and driving.

Like Choose Your Vibe on Facebook

Follow Choose Your Vibe on Twitter

 Follow Choose Your Vibe on Instagram

 

2017-18 Campaign Recruitment!

Virginia high school juniors, seniors and college freshman are encouraged to join VAHPERD's 2017-18 DMV campaign and apply to be a 2017-18 Choose Your Vibe — Arrive Alive! Social Media Ambassador.  Students can earn up to $600-750 by using their social media accounts to share their safe driving and alcohol-free choices.

Applications are available through Google forms and are due December 20, 2017. For more information about each position and the campaign, go to Ambassador Resources.

  • Social Media Ambassador Application - High school juniors and seniors may apply to be a social media ambassador.
  • Social Media Ambassador Leader Application - High school seniors and college freshman may apply to be social media ambassador leaders. The ambassador leader role includes similar tasks to the ambassador position, but adds the requirement of commenting on ambassador posts to help teens connect and support one another. Preference for ambassador leaders will be given to current college freshman who were ambassadors during the 2016-17 campaign.

Resources for Parents

It is a fact that parents are the key to good decision making related to drinking and driving. Go to Resources for Parents >>

Resources for Schools & Campuses

VAHPERD is engaging schools and campuses in preventing underage drinking and driving. Go to Resources for Schools & Campuses >>

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