We have changed our name from the NEW TRADITION COALITION to DRAW THE LINE LAWRENCE so it better fits our purpose and mission. We call on all community members to come together and DRAW THE LINE on underage drinking and drug use for a healthier and safer place to live.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Want to know what you can do to help achieve change in our community? Here are some proven strategies. You can start at home. Work small and begin to network with families you know and community leaders to keep all of our Lawrence youth safe and free of alcohol and drugs.

Seven Strategies to Achieve Community Change

1.Gathering information-educational presentations, workshops or seminars or other presentations of data (like reading this blog!)

2.Enhancing skills-Workshops, seminars or other activities designed to increase the skills of parents and caregivers.

3.Providing support- Creating opportunities to support people in your network and community organizations. Stay tuned in August for another year of the LAWRENCE PARENT GROUP.

4.Enhancing access/reducing barriers- Creating options and opportunities for our youth to make healthy social choices. Group activities with a sense of adventure are sought after by young people.

5.Changing consequences (incentives/disincentives)- Let our youth know the consequences before they make their choices. Reward good behavior. Follow through with consequences.

6.Physical design- Changing the physical design or structure of your environment. Limit access to alcohol (and perscription drugs) in your home and ask other families to do the same.

7.Modifying/changing policies- Know your local laws, school policies and state laws. Talk to community leaders about enforcing and strengthening our laws to help keep kids safe.

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