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It is time for our Second Annual PowerTalk 21 Day and we couldn’t be more excited! After the huge success of the First Annual Event, we decided to bring it back! So for the second year in a row, we are encouraging all parents to use April 21st as a day to start the conversation with their kids about alcohol! Is there really any better time than right now to keep your kids safe!

The bad news is, underage drinking is a growing problem and kids are starting to drink at younger and younger ages. The good news is, kids are still listening to their parents, so as a parent you can keep your teen from drinking. MADD’s Power of Parents program works to help parents start that difficult conversation about alcohol with their teens, because talking about it early and often and laying out clear expectations are two important ways to keep your teen safe from the dangers of underage drinking.

We obviously aren’t the only ones who think this is important! The Governor of the State of Nebraska Dave Heineman must agree, he is going to be signing a proclamation on April 11th, declaring April 21st PowerTalk 21 Day in the State of Nebraska! This tells you just how important he must think this issue is!

So join us in the conversation! Check out http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/the-power-of-parents/ for more information on the program. Or call the Nebraska state office at (402) 434-5330 to find out more about how to hold a workshop in your area!

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As many of you know we have been working across the state to get parents to start the conversation about alcohol with their teens through our Power of Parents Program. Now, we are adding the second part of the program into the mix and we can’t wait. Are you ready for the Power Of You(th)!?

The Power of You(th) is kicking off with a bang, or a shot really, a video shot. We are asking teens to create and submit a video as part of a national contest. This video should be about their choice not to drink underage and the power that teens have to encourage themselves and others to make that choice. This is such an incredible opportunity for young artists to show what helps them to live alcohol free. On top of that five winners will be chosen to head to MADD National to be part of a teen influencer group. The group will help to create the Power of You(th) handbook, a compliment to the Power of Parents handbook, made by teens for teens. Don’t worry if your teen isn’t into the video making process though, just come talk to us. We will be submitting Nebraska teens to be part of the influencers group through an application process. If you know a teen who is alcohol free and working to keep their peers that way, we can work on submitting a nomination for them to go. The top five applications from across the country will join the group in Texas to help make the handbook!

This is such an exciting time! We know that the Power of Parents is incredibly important. But, we also know that teens are a great influence on one another! This program is a huge opportunity to get teens talking and sharing the benefits of staying alcohol free with their friends! We can’t wait for fall when we get that teen-made handbook in our hands to start sharing at schools across the state! Want to know more check out http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/power-of-youth/ or call the MADD Nebraska state office!

The other night MADD prestented to parents at Lincoln Southeast High School, the “Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence“.  It was an important opportunity for parents and MADD to share one common concern: how to prevent underage drinking.

Parents always worry about peers giving their kids drinks or a group of friends applying social pressure to one kid (their kid) to drink.

This does happen, but it is not the way that peer influence has the biggest impact.  Kids can learn skills to avoid or resist direct social pressure. 

The bigger influence from peers comes from the beliefs that teens hold about what they think other teens and their friends are doing as far as drinking alcohol.

Many kids believe “everyone is drinking” and that misperception influences the belief that it is normal to drink, the pressure to be like others, and then more drinking.

As parents, we need to direct our focus on what the real problem is….not protecting kids from the “bad” friend who tries to get them to drink but the false belief that “everyone is drinking.”

Take time today to start a conversation with your child about the dangers of underage drinking and about respecting the 21 law. Then revisit the conversation keep it going throughout high school and college.  Equip your child to make positive choices when it comes to alcohol.

Perhaps viewing the “Binge” airing on NETV  http://netnebraska.org/extras/binge/ will serve as a starting point for your “conversation”.