Principal Investigator: Johnnetta Davis-Joyce
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
(11/1/1998 - 10/31/2008) Proposal Abstract
OJJDP funded an initiative in communities across the country to reduce underage alcohol use. As part of this national initiative, Pacific Institute was awarded a contract to develop a training and technical assistance program for communities to address serious health and social problems associated with underage drinking.
Our partners in this effort will be Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which will provide expertise in youth involvement, and the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research, which will help adapt and develop materials for minority - especially Native American-populations. The project will include the participation of a panel of law enforcement advisors who will assist us in ensuring that training and technical assistance materials are practical and acceptable for law enforcement audiences. A panel of field advisors will play a similar role for other potential implementers in federal, state, and local governments and among community groups. These advisory panels will also serve to generate and maintain interest and enthusiasm among relevant constituencies.
Products to be delivered in the course of this project include:
Training and technical assistance packages for State and local governments in effective approaches for reducing sales of alcohol to youth and use of alcohol by youth
A guide to monitoring youth use of alcohol through locally administered surveys
A technical assistance package for law enforcement agencies to reduce sales of alcohol to youth
A public information and awareness kit to promote effective strategies
An education and information kit designed to involve youth in combating underage drinking
A training and technical assistance package especially designed to respond to Native American and Alaskan Native issues and concerns.
The goal of this effort will be to provide planners, policymakers, and practitioners with practical guidance in the effective application of scientifically supported strategies.