Coalition Mission Statement & Overview
The mission of The Community Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking is to promote the reduction of underage drinking and other substance use in Alamance Community and surrounding communities through coordinated, committed and collaborative prevention efforts.
The Community Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking is comprised of community members whose mission is to promote the reduction of underage drinking and other substance use through coordinated, committed and collaborative prevention efforts.
The Community Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking serves citizens in Alamance County but also targets efforts in the Town of Elon and surrounding communities such as West Burlington, and the northwestern parts of Alamance County that include Western Middle and High School. The coalition was formalized in September of 2008 to specifically address the problem of underage drinking after local data proved that this was the drug of choice by youth and was heavily represented in a large number of law enforcement calls and arrests.
Rather than provide interventions that change an individual’s behavior, The Community Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking seeks to change the environment of individuals. It works to change public perceptions and attitudes, improve and enforce laws and regulations, decreases the availability of alcohol to youth or access to harmful drugs and addresses other factors affecting public health and safety. Examples include advocating for laws and policies that limit access to alcohol to those under age 21, providing education and awareness campaigns such as the 0-1-2 Responsible Drinking and the Prom Promise Campaign in the community, and supporting youth as peer educators and mentors for other youth.
The Community Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking represents a cross section of the target community including faith based organizations, parents, local citizens, the school system and university, law enforcement and health and human service organizations.