A community conversation on youth development and underage drinking will be taking place on November 28 , 6:00‐8:00pm at the Warrenton Grade School Gym. Presenting will be international speaker and advocate Eric Martin and former Miss Teen Oregon Jewell Ledford. Youth, parents, and community members are invited to attend and participate in discussions on local barriers and solutions for underage drinking. The event will be hosted by the North Coast Prevention
Works coalition, whose mission is to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in Clatsop County. Eric Martin, M.A.C., CADC III, CPS, previously served as President and Director Emeritus of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of University of Oregon's Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP). Martin was awarded the Governor's Council Award of Excellence in Oregon and the William F. Callahan Award for Sustained and Meritorious Service by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. Jewell Ledford is working towards becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through UO's SAPP and a Licensed Professional Counselor at OSU.
Alcohol remains the number one drug of choice for youth. In Oregon the majority of teens who drink
start before the age of 15. Young people who begin drinking by the age of 15 are four times more likely
of developing alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at 21. A key element to preventing
substance abuse issues for youth is community participation and awareness.
The Warrenton Grade School is located at 820 SW Cedar Ave. in Warrenton. There will be refreshments
provided and a chance to win door prizes.