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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month.Throughout the month, the Taskforce and their Coalition partners will be engaged in activities throughout the county to promote legal and safe enjoyment of alcohol.

The General Meeting is set for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 11:30am to 1pm at Ridgeview Institute, 3935 South Cobb Drive SE, Smyrna. Guests and speakers will include Cathy Wendholt-McDade, District Healthy Behaviors Director for Cobb & Douglas Public Health, a Taskforce Coaltion sector partner.

CAT has also been invited by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Georgia to make a presentation during a public meeting. CAT representatives will discuss the benefits of legislation to address Social Hosting, which involves an adult providing alcohol to youth or facilitating environments where underage drinking occurs.  

One effective way to address underage drinking is to train youth to serve as positive peer leaders and listeners. So we CAR is proud to partner with Cobb County School District (CCSD) to observe Sources of Strength Week at selected Cobb County schools during the week of April 14 – 18.

Alcohol awareness will be the backdrop when the CAT Youth Council holds it End of School Year Celebration on Saturday, April 26. Among the activities, the Youth Council’s Poster Contest winners will be announced and recognized.        

CAT representatives will be on hand at the Village Green during the Spring Jonquil Festival in Smyrna on April 26 and 27. CAT is also planning to be involved in a number of other public event during the month– including the Cobb County Government Safety Education Block Party on Saturday, April 26 at 360 Six Flags Drive in Austell.

More information about dates, locations, and activity highlights will be shared via eNotices later this week and throughout the month.

(Source: Cobb Alcohol Taskforce)

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Calling all Teens. Register for the 2014 Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Summit.

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Calling all youth Saturday, February 22, for the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Council Summit.

The goal of the Youth Council Summit is to bring together a diverse and representative group of young leaders in
Cobb County who are interested in making a difference in their community.

The event provides youth-led “hands-on” leadership skill building activities and projects. Help us shape a collective youth voice to lead the way for local underage and youth binge drinking prevention efforts

Why Attend:

  • Learn about the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Council
  • Understand local underage and youth binge drinking realities
  • Have fun with community peers who support alcohol and drug-free lifestyles
  • Be empowered to make a change in your community
  • Learn about two youth-led community service projects and about how you can use your Sources of Strength amongst yourself and your peers
  • Create project implementation plans to be completed in teams, by end of April 2014

What you Get:

  • A light breakfast and lunch
  • Tshirt with the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Council logo
  • Certificate of participation, along with documentation for five community service hours.
  • Drawings for other cool prizes (gift cards, etc.)
  • Additional community service hours will be provided upon completion of optional self-directed projects, to be selected.

Contact Amy Benson at ahoffman@dhr.state.ga.us or 678-385-1371 with questions.

To register, click HERE.

 

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Get involved with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce. RSVP by Monday!

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Now is your chance to get involved in the community with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce at their upcoming general meeting being held on Tuesday, September 10, in Smyrna.

The meeting will discuss news about Spokesperson Training, The Real Proof Campaign and the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program. Guest speaker will be Latrina Patrick, Project Coordinator for Generation Rx Project (GEN Rx) of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities.

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce General Meeting will be held from 11:30 am- 1pm at the Ridgeview Institute, 3995 South Cobb Drive Smyrna, Georgia 30080.

The Chick-fil-A in Smyrna will be providing lunch for attendees. Please RSVP by Monday, September 9, 2013 to petera@cobbat.org.

Members of the following sectors of the Cobb community are encouraged to attend: business, civic, education, faith, government, healthcare, judicial, law enforcement, media, non-profit, parent and youth.

For further information, contact Peter Armstrong, executive director, Cobb Alcohol Taskforce atpetera@cobbat.org404.791.7406, or visit www.cobbat.org.

Tips from Cobb Alcohol Taskforce for a Safe & Sober Holiday Weekend

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The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce wants youth to stay safe and sober this Labor Day weekend. Parents, learn the actions you can take in order to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage youth this holiday weekend.

Labor Day weekend is a time to celebrate the end of summer with friends and family, but did you know the holiday ranks as one of the deadliest when it comes to fatalities by drunk drivers? According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 147 people lost their lives due to alcohol-impaired driving during the 2010 Labor Day weekend. And did you know that according to the U.S. Coast Guard, 17 percent of people who died in boat crashes last year were killed in accidents in which alcohol was a contributing factor? Cobb Alcohol Taskforce wants to make everyone aware of the dangers of underage and youth binge drinking and encourages families to take the following steps to keep our youth safe this holiday weekend:

  • Know the parents or guardians of your child’s friends
  • Talk with other parents/adults to make sure that alcohol is not available at the events youth will attend
  • Talk with your child about responsible behavior regarding alcohol
  • Set a good example for responsible adult alcohol use, if you choose to drink
  • Check your child’s ID’s and make sure they don’t have fake ID’s
  • Remember that safe alcohol practices apply on the water as well as on the road

Taking a stand for a safe and sober Labor Day weekend must involve more than parents. Many events and parties occur out in the community and often out of town. Below are a few suggested actions to help keep youth and everyone else safe this Labor Day weekend:

  • Report illegal commercial alcohol sales – Call 1-877-CHECK-ID (1-877-243-2543) or 770-499-4719
  • Report underage drinking parties – Call 911 or your local police precinct
  • Refuse to supply alcohol to underage youth in your home or on your property
  • Make food and non-alcoholic drinks available at celebrations and limit excessive drinking
  • Support local law enforcement efforts to enforce alcohol laws
  • Remember the Social Host Ordinance

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce wishes everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

Get involved! Community invited to Cobb Alcohol Taskforce meeting.

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Get involved in the community with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce at their upcoming general meeting on Tuesday, May 7th, at the Cobb Sheriff’s Work Release Center, 1825 County Services Parkway. The meeting will discuss next steps in getting to outcomes in underage and youth binge drinking prevention throughout Cobb County.

The meeting will be held from 11:30 am – 1pm. All community members are welcome to attend, especially those involved in business, civic organizations, education, faith, government, healthcare, judicial, law enforcement, media, non-profit, parents and youth. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch, beverages will be provided. 

For further information, contact Peter Armstrong, executive director, Cobb Alcohol Taskforce at petera@cobbat.org404-791-7406 or visit www.cobbat.org.

It’s Spring Break time – do you know where your teen is?

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Cobb County spring break is almost here. During this time parents should remember to listen carefully to teens to make sure they’re vacationing alcohol-free. The CDC reminds us of the dangers that underage drinking causes, such as memory problems, poor or failing grades and even death from alcohol poisoning or other alcohol related accidents.

Parents, now is the time to talk to your teens and ensure you know what they are doing this spring break.

  • Be aware – spring break is a time for some teens to hit beaches overcrowded with other teens, where drinking alcohol is the featured activity.
  • Listen carefully – if your teen presses hard about heading to a “party” spring break destination with friends – beware! It is highly likely that your teen is a current drinker and at high risk for experiencing some dangerous spring break incident, sure to involve alcohol.
  • Plan ahead – don’t wait ‘til your teen asks if he/she can go with friends to some “fun” destination. Talk often and early about your family expectations for appropriate spring break activities and destinations.

For a full list of spring break safety tips CLICK HERE

(Source: Cobb Alcohol Taskforce)

 

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Cobb Alcohol Taskforce plans for Safe & Sober Prom Season

Cobb County prom season is in full swing, which means celebrations, fun and, unfortunately, increased underage drinking incidents. Cobb Alcohol Taskforce wants to remind parents, educators and the community to take proper precautions so teens can experience a safe and sober evening.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, alcohol causes more harm for youth than all illegal drugs combined. National and local surveys report that private parties are the primary source for youth to obtain alcohol and in Cobb County most students binge drink at a friend’s house. While some parents may think it is acceptable for teens to drink in their home while supervised, this action is both illegal and unsafe.

The recent passing of the Social Host Ordinance in unincorporated Cobb County, City of Kennesaw and City of Austell puts violators at risk of criminal, civil or administrative penalties. Under the Social Host Ordinance when officers respond to an event/location where underage persons are cited for alcohol possession or consumption, the individual host of the social event can be issued a citation and charged with violating the local county/city social host ordinance.

CobbAT’s parent, education and community partners can take the following actions throughout prom season:

  • Provide students with developmentally appropriate knowledge, skills, and motivation to resist peer and other pressures to drink
  • Train campus personnel to recognize alcohol-related problems, intervene appropriately, and utilize uniform referral protocols
  • Help get the word out about underage drinking laws
  • Create friendly alcohol-free places and programs where youth can gather, volunteer and succeed without alcohol
  • Talk with other parents and adults to make sure that alcohol is not available at the events youth will attend

For more information and resources, visit www.cobbat.org

 

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Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Names New Executive Director

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Cobb Alcohol Taskforce is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Ivan Armstrong as executive director. The appointment follows the retirement of former executive director, Cathy Finck.

“I am excited about this opportunity to work with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce,” said Peter Armstrong, new executive director for Cobb Alcohol Taskforce. “Joining as executive director, I look forward to working with the taskforce and the local community to uphold the mission of the organization and continue to grow the visibility within the community.”

Mr. Armstrong has nearly 30 years of experience in managing outreach programs for educational institutions and service programs for nonprofit organizations. In addition to program management, his professional experience includes such areas as strategic planning, grant administration, media relations, publication editing and design, volunteer training, public speaking and special events management. Recently, Armstrong graduated from the Volunteer Involvement Program at United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. He earned masters degrees in Education and in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Cathy Finck, commenting on her retirement stated, “It has been my distinct pleasure to have worked with so many wonderful people who have given so much to help keep Cobb’s youth and adults safe from the dangers of underage and youth binge drinking.

“On behalf of the taskforce we would like to thank Cathy for her tireless work and dedication to our organization and wish her continued success as we welcome Peter to the team,” said Bonnie Brand, board chair for Cobb Alcohol Taskforce. “Peter has vast skills and experience, which will allow the taskforce to continue spreading its mission to reduce underage and youth binge drinking in Cobb County.”

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Stop teen drinking: Cobb Alcohol Taskforce invites public to General Meeting

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Now is your chance to get involved in the community with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce at an upcoming general meeting on Tuesday, March 12, in Marietta, Georgia. Meet new executive director Peter Armstrong and work toward positive outcomes in underage and youth binge drinking prevention throughout Cobb County.

Meeting will be held from 11:30am-1pm at Sheriff’s Work Release Center, 1825 County Services Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Members of the following sectors of the Cobb community are encouraged to attend: business, civic, education, faith, government, healthcare, judicial, law enforcement, media, non-profit, parent and youth.

Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided.

For further information, contact Peter Armstrong, executive director, Cobb Alcohol Taskforce at Petera@cobbat.org404.791.7406, or visit them online at www.cobbat.org.

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Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Launches New Website‏

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Cobb Alcohol Taskforce (CobbAT) is excited to announce the launch of the newly redesigned website www.cobbat.org. The site features an updated look with an integrated blog and easily accessible tips, resources, campaigns and research regarding underage and youth binge drinking prevention.

With the launch of the new website and the beginning of a new year, CobbAT will spend 2013 focusing on community engagement. The taskforce will reach out to the following community sectors: business, civic, education, faith, government, healthcare, judicial, law enforcement, media, non-profit, parents and youth, to promote their mission of challenging Cobb County adults to reduce underage and youth binge drinking by advancing strategic enforcement, policy and education goals.

Join the conversation and engage with your community by following CobbAT on Twitter @CobbAlcohol and on Facebook at facebook.com/CobbAT.

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