What is the Community of Concern?
The Community of Concern is a partnership of parents, students, schools, and other organizations working together through education and cooperation to keep youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug free.
What constitutes membership in the Community of Concern?
Members share a commitment to educate parents through:
- The distribution of our booklet, “A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use”, (booklet)
- The use of our state-of-the-art interactive course “Online Parent’s Guide…” which is based on the booklet, and (e-learning course)
- Sponsoring other parent education events, such as Inaugural Celebrations, Conversations Count, Leadership Symposiums, panels of experts (legal, medical, substance abuse treatment professionals, etc.), expert speakers- particularly scientists, and peer leadership events spotlighting students who choose not to drink, smoke or use other drugs.
“A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use”
The booklet, a 32-page manual written by and for parents and reviewed by experts, explains the dangers of the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by young people from a scientific, legal and social viewpoint. It contains the most recent science about adolescent brain development and the effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, information about alcohol poisoning, binge drinking, and elementary/middle concerns for parents with younger children.
“A Parent’s Guide…” has been reviewed by Marisa Silveri, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Beth Kane Davidson, M.Ed. LCPC, LCADC, SAP, director, Addiction Treatment, Suburban Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Jeffrey M. Georgi, Mdiv., CCAS, former clinical director of the Duke Addictions Program, Duke University Medical Center.
The booklet is customized for each Community of Concern and lists on the front cover the names of all local schools/organizations who are sharing this resource for parents. Additionally, the covers are personalized for each school/organization within the local Community of Concern so that each school/organization’s seal appears on the front cover and its own substance abuse policy is contained within.
Many member schools distribute the booklet every year to every parent to:
- keep the spotlight on the issue of substance abuse prevention within the parent and school community,
- continue to emphasize the school or other organizations’ priority to help children avoid alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and
- be sure that ALL families, old and new, are aware of the rules/policies and have the booklet as a resource to help them guide their children to make safe and healthy decisions to avoid underage drinking, smoking or illicit drug use.
“Online Parent’s Guide…“our interactive, e-Learning course can be used by member schools who will “expect” or “require” parents or students to take the course in exchange for certain school-related privileges for them or their children- such as: serving on the PTA, chaperoning a dance, enabling their teens to attend proms..etc. The goal is to educate parents and students with the most recent scientific and other information regarding the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by youth.