The Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth was formed to bring together community stakeholders and use their individual and collective expertise to reduce the incidence of underage use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. By connecting multiple sectors of the community through a coordinated, collaborative and comprehensive approach, we are able to plan, coordinate and achieve measurable outcomes, and make efficient use of limited community resources.
Our goals are as follows:
- Increase awareness about the nature, extent and consequences of underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
- Change community perception, attitude and behavior with respect to underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
- Provide comprehensive forums for students and parents to learn about and reflect on decisions around the use of underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
- Reduce the allure for youth of the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
- Create a uniform standard, including recommending constructive, consistent consequences for underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs throughout all sectors of the community.
- Create opportunities for minors to have fun in a safe, supervised environment.
We will incorporate the use of an evidence-based logic model similar to the one developed by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. Our logic model is the planning framework for identifying the problem, the risk factors, the community conditions, and the strategies for achieving these goals.