Calling all Drake Parents! We Invite you to . . .
on Teen Alcohol, Marijuana
and Other Drug Use
Together with the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative (RVHCC), the Drake High School administration and the Drake Parent Club (DPC)
seek to improve the health, safety and well-being of our community by
reducing teen alcohol, marijuana and other drug use, including:
- Easy access by teens to alcohol, marijuana and other drugs;
- Parties and gatherings at homes (as
well as rented venues such as community centers, hotel rooms, clubs and
party buses) involving teen use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs; and
Statistics show that parents have more influence than they think.
Join Drake's "Be the Influence" (BTI) Campaign
What can you do as a parent?
- Make the BTI Parent Commitment! Make your best efforts to discourage teen alcohol or other drug use by
sticking to the simple measures listed in our Commitment. The research is
clear that the longer teens "delay" using, the better off they will be
as adults - and allowing use at home leads to more use elsewhere. Once
you provide the contact information on the BTI Parent Commitment to the Drake Parent Club (preferably by signing up online or picking up, filling out and leaving your Commitment form at the office), you will be given access to the BTI Participant List.
- Use the BTI Participant List to
get to know your teen's friend's parents and monitor what your teen is
up to. The BTI Participant List contains contact information of other
Drake BTI parents, including email addresses and cell phone numbers. A link to the Parent Commitment List will be emailed to you after your Commitment has been submitted. This link will only be given other Drake BTI parents.
- Confirm your teen's whereabouts, level of adult supervision and lack of access to alcohol and other drugs. Get to know your teen's friends and communicate and network with their parents. Don't
hesitate to make those "cold calls" (or use email or text-messaging) to
your teen's friend's parents. This is not only useful when your student
attends hosted weekend parties and sleepovers, but also during the
weekday afternoon hours.
- Model the Behavior that You Want to See in Your Teen. Marin's high rates of teen alcohol and drug use mirror adult rates. Remember that your teens are watching you.
- Just Say "Know": Talk with and Listen to your Teens. Get educated on the latest research and trends by attending Parent Education events and reading our regular BTI Updates emailed to BTI Parents on a monthly basis. Make use of the timely information and additional resources to start conversations with your teens - and then listen to what they have to say. Stay tuned for updates and newsletters!