Teenage years are full of growth, and what kids experience during this time shapes their future. Randolph County teens deserve to spend these formative years dreaming about their futures instead of risking them through underage drinking.
You can help.
Being a Role Model
As members of the Randolph County community, we have a responsibility to all children, even if they aren’t our flesh and blood. To a teenager, you aren’t just a neighbor, a coach, a teacher, an employer, or a family; you’re a role model. And they’ll be looking to you for guidance.
About 70% of Randolph County 8th-12th graders say they have more than one adult in their life, other than parents, that they can talk to about important things. There’s a good chance you could be one of those adults to someone. With that kind of influence, you have an opportunity to keep them dreaming, not drinking.
FACT: An average of 9% of Randolph County 8th-12th grade students “believe that adults in their neighborhood think it is acceptable for kids their age to drink alcohol.”
Have you talked with the teens you’re close to about underage drinking? Just because you aren’t their parent doesn’t mean you can’t voice your concern about underage alcohol use. Be honest with the teens that look up to you. Your concern can make a big difference.
If you as an adult decide to drink, make sure to store your alcohol where teens cannot access it. Also, if a teen does see you using alcohol, be sure to drink responsibly and communicate the importance of not drinking while underage.
There are many opportunities for us to have positive interactions with the teens in our community. Here are some tips for making those moments count:
Take the time to talk to teens about their interests and activities. Become familiar with their plans for the future so you can help them succeed, and ask about their concerns so you can address them.
Notice and compliment the good you see in a teen. This not only raises their self-esteem, it also helps maintain a good relationship and connection by showing you care enough to pay attention.
Do your part to encourage healthy behaviors in the teens of our community. Lead by example and show your approval when you see teens making good choices.
Be someone that teens can come to for advice, not for alcohol.
Today’s teens are the future for Randolph County. Help grow tomorrow’s strong adults by preventing teens from accessing alcohol, and letting them know you don’t support underage drinking.
FACT: An average of 32% of Randolph County 8th-12th grade students “believe it is very easy for someone their age to obtain alcohol.”
Providing alcohol to minors isn’t a victimless offense. Be a role model, not a source of alcohol.
Whether they come into your shop, your home, your church or your classroom, you probably see our area teens often. If you notice a teen acting different, withdrawn or distant, reach out. You can be the first person to stop them from going down a path they can’t return from.
Sometimes, teens have trouble talking to their parents about difficult subjects and situations. If you know a teen that is unlikely to reach out to his or her parents for help, offer yourself as someone who can be there for them. Take the time to listen and help when you can.
Needing more help with a troubled teen? The Human Service Center is a local professional counseling resource that’s ready to help when you call (800) 310-6233.
- Other Adults
Helping Randolph County teens lead healthy lives is our responsibility. If you notice other adults in your community impacting teens in a negative way, it’s on you to put an end to it.
Even if you aren’t providing alcohol to minors, do you know someone who is? Be open and honest about your concerns about underage drinking, and lead by example. Encourage others in our community to do what they can to ensure that teens are living healthy lives and dreaming for their futures.
Randolph County teens need our help to stay away from alcohol.
Between peer pressure, school-related stress, and figuring out who they are, teens have a lot on their minds. Without our guidance, teens could turn to alcohol as a means of dealing with their problems. However, if a teen knows that you’re there for them, they’ll be more likely to come to you for help instead.
Make sure you’re involved in the lives of teens in our community. It makes all the difference in the world.
Today’s teens will be the leaders of our community tomorrow.