Tri-County Southern Providence Regional Prevention Coalition was recently awarded a Partnership For Success Grant to reduce alcohol use for 12-20 year olds in its three high-need communities of Cranston, Johnston and North Providence. Johnston Prevention Coalition decided a good use of some of the money would be a Sticker Shock Campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol use as well as the ramifications to anyone purchasing alcohol for minors. The goal is to give someone pause who may be thinking of buying alcohol for anyone under the age of 21 and make them think twice about what it could mean for them. In Johnston, as well as other communities, the coalition likes to get youth involved in the campaign to help spread awareness and show the community that they care about the message.
“These teens are our future,” Tri-County prevention coordinator Jessica Parylak said. “Who better to be the driving force behind this initiative?”
As part of the effort, Johnston High School students visited local liquor stores, such as Market Liquor on Atwood Avenue, last week to place stickers on boxes of beer, cider and more.