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Local Teens Work to Curtail Underage Drinking





Students from Sacramento County schools who want to keep their communities safe will gather on Wednesday, January 15 in a forum dedicated to reducing minors' access to alcohol and curbing underage drinking.

The World Caf event - at Sutter Middle School, 715 Riley Street, Folsom, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon - will bring together a diverse group of 60 youth leaders from the Folsom Cordova Unified School District community to discuss important youth issues such as bullying, harassment and underage drinking.

At the World Caf event, students and community members will get a "sneak peek" of Wasted:  The Truth about Underage Drinking in Sacramento.  The video showcases the problem of underage drinking and provides solutions through fast-paced, powerful messages and images.  Students from Vista del Lago High School, Sutter Middle School and other Sacramento County schools participated and are showcased in the video.

During the forum, students will review local underage drinking data, discuss youth access to alcohol and identify strategies to help reduce youth access. They also will review data on bullying and harassment and develop school projects designed to increase positive school climate and relationships on campus.

Participants also will discuss the results of the Folsom Police Department's Special Investigation Unit (SIU) 'Minor Decoy' operation that resulted in multiple arrests in December. Folsom Police and SCOE also conducted a Recognition and Reminder Program, positively reinforcing store clerks who ask for identification during alcohol purchases. 

Partnering organizations include the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), Folsom Cordova Unified School District, and Folsom Police Department.