Kearns community launch effort to combat underage drinking
Posted by Ben McAdams
May 12, 2017
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A campaign to stop underage drinking has launched in Kearns, marking an important step in the community's Evidence to Success (E2S) work. The E2S committee, made up of Kearns residents, saw Student Health and Risk Prevention data that shows 34 percent of Kearns kids had their first alcoholic drink before the age of 17, and 70 percent do not talk to their parents about drinking. Based on that data, committee members decided that reducing underage drinking should be one of their priority focus areas, with the overall goal to improve the health and well-being of their families and neighbors.
Salt Lake County applied for a received a
$10,000 grant that will fund Parents Empowered underage drinking educational materials in Kearns. Residents will see Parents Empowered signs at businesses and other gathering places throughout the community.
Lake County first kicked-off Evidence to Success in 2015, and since that time, the
community has taken charge and is running with it. After all, the best people to decide the future of Kearns are the people living there. It was an honor to join community members, including high school kids at the Parents Empowered launch.