Through the Lens of Youth: Transforming the Culture of Underage Drinking in Novato, a Photovoice Exhibit

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Please join the Novato Youth Council for the opening of their Photovoice exhibit-Through the Lens of Youth: Transforming the Culture of Underage Drinking in Novato.

Local youth leaders will share photographs that represent their experiences and perspectives on the problem of underage drinking in Novato. The exhibit will feature a gallery of photographs and reflections as well as a youth-led presentation on the photovoice process, key findings and recommendations for action.  

The Novato Youth Council is a group of passionate high school aged youth that works in partnership with the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition, the Healthy Novato Project, and the Youth Leadership Institute, to reduce underage drinking. 

Refreshments provided. Spanish interpretation available.

Anthony December 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
If kids want to drink, they will drink. Make alcohol not sold in Novato, they will go to San Rafael to get it. Make it not sold in Marin, they will go to Sonoma. Drinking happens mostlyu at parties, which occur both in Marin and Sonoma with kids from both counties usually attending, meaning there are MANY places alcohol is coming from. A 21 year old guy will find alcohol to supply to his underage friends. It's just the way it is and they don't care about the consequences.
Christopher Coale December 13, 2012 at 06:00 PM
That is why the police do alcohol shoulder-tap stings and other enforcement activities. Parents also need to take responsiibility for knowing what their children are doing.
Anthony December 13, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Christopher, parents can not always know what their kid is up to. If their kid wants to drink like all their friends, they will. Shoulder taps don't work on these 21 year old because they just go buy it and bring it to a party.
Christopher Coale December 13, 2012 at 09:00 PM
No, but a parent with a brain in their head can see, smell, and tell if their kid comes home drunk. Shoulder taps work just fine for those idiots that buy booze for underage kids. Which brings us to the critical point, it is illegal for an adult to provide alcohol to an underage juvenile. You buy booze and give it to kids at a private home, you are not just criminally but civilly responsible for your guests actions. If someone does this and there is a crash or other bad thing, I hope the adult looses everything they own or ever hoped to own. That is called the 'social host ordinance.'
Anthony December 13, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Kids will stay the night at a friends house, usually bring change of clothes and shower. You must not be from this new generation because you don't understand how they know most tricks and just don't care about that law. 9/10 times the adult (usually 21-22) that supplies alcohol at the party (theres usually more than 2 people that do) and nobody finds out. Happens everyday. A lot of kids have fake ID's which I learned was VERY simple to get with $150, and they scan/work. It's impressive.
Christopher Coale December 13, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Please tell me you are not a parent or responsible for anyone other than yourself? Anyone with your obvious lack of integrity and moral values should not be infecting others. If you are, I’m sure that we will see your offspring either be incarcerated or in the morgue after another tragedy like ‘Scotty and Bubbas’ several years back. Unfortunately the apple does not fall far from the tree.
Novato Native December 13, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Anthony, I was wondering if you have any suggestion of how to fix the problem of underage drinking. While it is simple to point out the numerous and obvious flaws of the current system to prevent underage drinking, it is much more difficult to give suggestions to solve the problem. Also, your conjecture about teens from other counties coming or going to other counties for parties isn't supported. It may make sense in your mind, but is there proof that Marin teens will travel to Sonoma for a party if they don't already have friends in Sonoma? The only way I see teens going to other counties to drink is if their friends from school live in those counties. Just curious to see how you would suggest we solve the problem of underage drinking and where you get your facts about traveling to different counties from.
Anthony December 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Novato Native, this is Novato. To the teenagers, this is a "boring" place where parties don't happen as often as kids would like. But, in Sonoma county there are colleges that many high schoolers know, and will head up for parties. And of course, they meet others there and have more friends in that county. I honestly don't think it can be solved. You can only do so much to try and control something, but there is almost always a way around it. The only way to "stop" it is to make alcohol illegal in the US, but even then it would continue to pop up but won't be as common.
Anthony December 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I am not a parent. It's not a lack of integrity, it's experience. I have been there back when I was in high school. I went to parties in Sonoma county, I saw dozens of teenagers with fake ID's, I saw 21-24 year olds coming to high school parties with alcohol. I do not drink, never have the intention to. I don't understand why everyone enjoys it, but I am just saying I experienced seeing it all back in high school and that was what I saw happening. I have lost numerous friends in drunk accidents and I think it's stupid. Don't just assume things, Christopher...
Devin December 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I am 21 years old, and sadly, Anthony is right. Growing up, everything he stated are things kids do. Kids will lie, cheat, steal...do whatever they have to to get alcohol. Now, I am not saying ALL of them. But a large percentage. And, parents a lot of the times are oblivious. That is why so many horrible tragedies happen. Personally, I don't know how to fix it. And yes, kids will travel everywhere. It doesn't matter who has friends where. A friend knows a friend with a sister that has a house in Petaluma...anything. Stupid....bad decisions....I never made *too* many, but I pray for the ones that do.
Devin December 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Wow...I am 22. I don't even know how old I am anymore.... :D
Christopher Coale December 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Well Anthony and Devin these kids and people that are sponsoring the event (in this article) are doing something positive. Anthony, there is a silver lining in the fact you are not a parent. Any one that encourages illegal and lawless behavior is part of the problem. Another positive event is the ‘Safe Grad Night’ held every year at the Rolling Hills Club after graduation from San Marin High; people making a positive statement doing pro-active things to make a difference. And Devin you are absolutely correct, “(P) arents a lot of the times are oblivious.” That is where the problem begins. As a parent, it is your responsibility to model and show that following rules and regulations is for everyone; adults, parents, and kids. Law enforcement is also putting out extra-efforts to identify, locate, and arrest those responsible for breaking the law and preventing collisions by arrests and whatever legal resources are available. Check your news papers regarding the upcoming Winter Mobilization Campaign that starts tomorrow night and runs until the start of the New Year.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM
In November 2010, I wrote a story titled "Moms Who Lost Teen Sons in 2005 DUI Crash Call for a Community Conversation on Drinking and Driving." I talked to the mothers of Scottie & Bubba, to whom Christopher referred. The moms' insights were quite meaningful. Here it is: http://patch.com/A-cjrf
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM
In September 2011, I wrote a story titled "A Year Has Passed ... Did Novato Learn from Isaac Brott's Death?" It's here: http://patch.com/A-mgJc
Novato Native December 14, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Brent, Thanks for the articles! This is obviously an ongoing problem, but we must not give up. The lives of our youths are at stake and we can't stop trying to find ways to make them understand the importance of making better, smarter decisions.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 02:02 AM
There's a lot more on Novato Patch about this subject. You can use the search field to check for binge drinking, teen drinking, Isaac Brott, Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition. I recommend going through the archives of the coalition's Local Voices blog, too.


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