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(NACE) "Critical Dialogue with Native Youth about Underage Drinking: Our Culture is Prevention"

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Published on Aug 26, 2013

We are pleased to share with you a new media resource for use by tribal communities to encourage dialog among youth, families, and community members about the prevention of underage drinking and its related consequences. Using 'Culture is Prevention' as its theme as well as youth and adult testimonials, the video addresses the consequences of underage drinking, the reasons Native youth choose not to drink, and the way Native cultures and traditions help promote resilience and prevent substance use. Filmed at the THRIVE Youth Conference in Portland, OR, June 25-28, 2012, informal conversations were held with Native youth and elders to explore underage drinking issues. The SAMHSA Native American underage drinking video is a collaborative project between SAMHSA's Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives and SAMHSA's Native American Center for Excellence (NACE) and is intended to support tribes in their local underage drinking prevention communications efforts. This video was produced through the SAMHSA/CSAP Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives (UADPEI) in an ongoing collaboration with States and Territories to produce videos that support local underage drinking prevention communications efforts. Across the Nation, every State and Territory is unique and so are their approaches to preventing and reducing underage drinking. The video project supports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Strategic Initiative #1: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, which states, "... prevention of underage drinking [is] a priority for States, Territories, Tribal entities, universities and communities."

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