Underage & Binge Drinking: Reality Parties

Straight Up is a contract provider with Ventura County Behavioral Health, Alcohol and Drug Programs, Prevention Services. They implement youth-involved environmental change strategies to address substance use problems and promote health and community wellness, consistent with the Prevention Services Strategic Plan.

Straight Up is a Ventura County, CA youth development project for ages 12-25. Straight Up programs promote social change regarding:

  • Underage and binge drinking
  • Impaired driving
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Bullying

Straight Up uses improvisation and interactive techniques to engage discussion, explore issues, and develop personal and community solutions to these issues.

About Reality Parties for Parents

Many adults feel drinking and drug use is a rite of passage. They assume teen parties are the same as when they were young. Straight Up youth want parents to face the current realities of today’s “out of control” teen parties – competitive drinking games, fights, random hookups, and even sexual assaults.

At Reality Parties, parents tour a home set up as a teen drinking party, with youth actors portraying common party activities and voicing concerns expressed by local teens and young adults. After each performance or tour, Straight Up facilitates community dialogue, with a panel to answer questions and discuss ideas for change.

> Read about Straight Up Reality Parties

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