Find out about National Prevention Week events happening this year!
To add an event to this page, please send the following information to David.Wilson@samhsa.hhs.gov:
- Your organization’s name and website address
- A brief description of your event(s)
- Topics addressed by the event
- Target audiences
- Location (city, state/territory)
|Alabama||SpectraCare Health Systems||May 19||SpectraCare Health Systems will hold a community town hall on underage drinking and an art exhibit/contest in Dothan, Alabama.|
|Alaska||Nome Juvenile Justice Program||May 18-24||A coalition of community organizations in Nome, Alaska, will host a series of events covering all of the themes of National Prevention Week:
|Arizona||Terros||May 19||Terros will conduct educational workshops in Phoenix, Arizona, about underage drinking.|
|Arizona||Pascua Yaqui Tribe||May 20||The Pascua Yaqui Tribe will host a community event focused on the promotion of mental health in Guadalupe, Arizona, and set up an informational table.|
|Bermuda||PRIDE Bermuda and CADA – Encouraging Responsible Alcohol Behavior||May 19-23||
PRIDE Bermuda and CADA are conducting the following activities during National Prevention Week:
The organizations also created a theme song for the week entitled “Stay Wise.”
|California||Catalyst Coalition||June 9||The Catalyst Coalition will hold an event called the Napa County Youth United Conference in Napa, California. The coalition and the Mariposa Group, a group dedicated to the empowerment of girls, will bring together prevention coordinators throughout Napa County. Youth will present about the prevention programs and what they provide throughout schools across Napa County. The event will address behavioral health topics including underage drinking awareness, healthy relationships, and violence and bullying prevention.|
|Connecticut||Courage to Speak Foundation||May 19-21||
Courage to Speak Foundation will have events at the following schools during National Prevention Week:
The Foundation is also promoting National Prevention Week through press coverage and digital media.
|Delaware||Open Door, Inc.||May 21||
Open Door will host a Town Hall event on May 21 at 5:30 pm EDT with food and guest speakers on topics including alcohol abuse, marijuana and suicide. Open Door Inc., Brandywine Counseling, and The Mental Health Association will be part of the panel.
|Delaware||Aevidum||May 23||Aevidum will hold school-wide mental health awareness activities in schools in Pennsylvania and Delaware that have an Aevidum club.|
|District of Columbia||DC Prevention Center for Wards 5 & 6 - Sasha Bruce Youthwork||May 13 and 21||
DC Prevention Center will host two events in Washington, DC. The first event is on May 13, hosted by the Youth Prevention Leadership Corps at McKinley Technology High School. The event is an alcohol-awareness themed "Get Sober. Stay Sober. Be Sober” VIP Lunch Party. Youth will have an opportunity to participate in activities to raise awareness about underage drinking, and they will receive an information packet and lunch.
The event on May 21 is open to the community. The event is an art showcase for the YPLC PSA project and photovoice (movie) focused on underage drinking. It will also have a youth dance performance, a spoken word performance, and an "ATOD Youth Art" poster contest.
|Florida||LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition||May 22||LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition middle and high school clubs will do various activities at each school and join together for a community-wide event in Pinellas County, Florida, about the prevention of underage drinking and use of synthetic substances.|
|Georgia||Camden Community Alliance & Resources, Inc.||May 19-23||Camden Community Alliance & Resources will host an educational Youth Fair/Teen Maze, as well as other events in St. Marys, Georgia.|
|Georgia||CETPA, Inc.||May 18-24||CETPA will host an educational Open House each day, addressing the National Prevention Week topic for the day, in Norcross, Georgia.|
|Guam||Youth for Youth LIVE! Guam||May 18||Youth for Youth LIVE! Guam will put on educational demonstrations and provide prevention awareness booths in Tumon, Guam, about substance abuse prevention issues including tobacco and alcohol use.|
|Idaho||Office of Consumer and Family Affairs (Mountain States Group)||May 23||Office of Consumer and Family Affairs will hold an educational health fair in Boise, Idaho, about promotion of mental health.|
|Idaho||Kootenai Alliance for Children & Families||TBD||TBD|
|Illinois||Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community||May 21||The Wilmington Coalition will host two town hall meetings in Peotone and Braidwood/Wilmington, Illinois, with a panel of experts offering help to parents and community leaders.|
|Illinois||Grundy County NO Tolerance Task Force||May 19, 6-7:30 pm||
Grundy County NO Tolerance Task Force will invite two clinicians to speak about the ways in which alcohol dependence affects teens and young adults, including the effects alcohol has on the teenage brain. The event will also address the laws and policies that are in place and aimed at reducing youth access to alcohol, as well as what the community can do to make Grundy County a safer and healthier place for youth. This event is for schools, parents/guardians, clergy, youth groups, scout leaders, service providers and anyone that has teens under the age of 21.
|Indiana||Foundation for Youth||May 22||Foundation for Youth will have an "Above the Influence" themed teen event and/or town hall meeting in Columbus, Indiana, focused on tobacco use and underage drinking.|
|Iowa||Gateway ImpACT Coalition||TBD||Gateway ImpACT Coalition will plan a community town hall in Clinton, Iowa, about prescription drug abuse and marijuana use or alcohol abuse.|
|Kansas||The Regional Prevention Center of Johnson County||May 20||The Regional Prevention Center of Johnson County in Olathe, Kansas, will develop print materials and do a media blast to educate people about the risks of marijuana and synthetic drugs.|
|Kentucky||Bluegrass Prevention Center||March, April, and May||Bluegrass Prevention Center will conduct activities during March, April and May to raise awareness of underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, and suicide, including a PhotoVoice project and Coaches Initiative. The PhotoVoice initiative will take place in Lexington and the Coaches Initiative will occur in Carlisle, Kentucky.|
|Kentucky||Great Onyx Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center||May 19-23||
The Great Onyx Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, will conduct poster, essay, and poetry contests and participate in the “I Choose” Project. The activities will be for youth ages 16 to 24 and focus on prevention of underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and marijuana use, alcohol abuse, suicide, and promotion of mental health.
|Louisiana||Caddo Parish Schools||May 19-22||Caddo Parish Schools will host a kick-off at Westwood Elementary School that will start the week's events. Events during the week include a poster contest, door decorating contest, and other activities at various high school locations in Shreveport, Louisiana.|
|Maine||Washington County: One Community||May 13, 14 & 18||
Washington County: One Community will host the first annual 5K A La Mud Obstacle Challenge. Community members are invited to register for this “race” as an individual or a team. It will provide the community with an alternate, family-fun activity to substance abuse.
Scott Gagnon, from Smart Approaches to Marijuana-Maine, will come to the Machias Rotary Club meeting to speak about what the legalization of recreational marijuana use would mean for the community.
Tim Shaw, from Bangor Public Health and Wellness, will come to the Calais Rotary Club meeting to speak about substance abuse and overdose prevention.
|Marshall Islands||Youth to Youth in Health||May 18-24||Youth to Youth in Health will host events with primary and secondary schools in the Marshall Islands with a focus on the prevention of underage drinking.|
|Maryland||Maryland Public Health Association||TBD||Maryland Public Health Association will have a guest speaker, Wendie Veloz, who will have an interactive discussion on behavioral health.|
|Maryland||Parson’s Alcohol Chemical Training Services||May 15-18||
Parson’s Alcohol Chemical Training Services will hold its 5th annual Wounded Women’s Conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and trainings that strengthen coping skills; management of high stress jobs; and critical intervention for families having issues or needing counseling. Other topics addressed will be trauma, alcohol and substance abuse, and anger management.
|Maryland||The Mario Do Right Foundation||May 21||
The Mario Do Right Foundation will hold a national launch of SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland from 12:30–1:45 p.m. EDT. R&B superstar Mario will address the student audience via Skype and rally them around the importance of preventing substance abuse. The event will also include speeches from the director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Frances M. Harding; Acting Commissioner of the Baltimore Health Department, Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey; and President of Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Bernard McBride.
|Massachusetts||Safer is SEXY||May 22||Safer is SEXY is holding a “pop-up shop” event for adults focused on prevention and safer sex. The event will cover information on mental health and wellness, and it will also include education on the FC2 Female condom.|
|Massachusetts||Natick Public Schools (Natick Together for Youth)||May 19-23||Natick Together for Youth will place educational banners and signs throughout Natick High School in Natick, Massachusetts; encourage youth participation in the "I Choose" Project; and coordinate a presentation to students by a guest speaker. These events will cover the topics of underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and marijuana use.|
|Michigan||Genesee County Community Mental Health||May 20||Genesee County Community Mental Health will host a dinner event for families about protective factors, along with a showing of the movie “Anonymous People” in Genesee County, Michigan.|
|Michigan||Institute for Population Health||May 19-23||
The Institute for Population Health will conduct the following events and activities during National Prevention Week:
|Minnesota||Working Together Coalition||TBD||Working Together Coalition will plan activities and provide information during the school week, and also provide information during Prevention Sunday (May 18) in Walker, Minnesota. The coalition also plans on holding a professional development training session on May 22 and 23 that will encompass several National Prevention Week topics.|
|Mississippi||DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc.||May 18-24||
DREAM of Hattiesburg will conduct the following events and activities during National Prevention Week:
The youth rally and proclamation signing will highlight the important role each of us has in maintaining a healthy life and ensuring a productive future. Topics covered will include tobacco use, underage drinking, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and suicide prevention.
|Missouri||Washington University School of Medicine||May 18-23||
Washington University School of Medicine will conduct the following activities in St. Louis, Missouri, during National Prevention Week:
|Missouri||Liberty School District/Liberty Alliance for Youth, Inc.||May 19||Liberty School District/Liberty Alliance for Youth, Inc. will hold either a community outdoor bike/run/walk event or a town hall in Liberty, Missouri. The event will focus on prescription drug abuse, marijuana use, alcohol abuse and suicide.|
|Nevada||Join Together Northern Nevada||May 18-24||Join Together Northern Nevada will host an art contest in Reno, Nevada, that touches on one of the National Prevention Week daily health themes. The organization will also promote awareness of all of the daily themes via social media.|
|New Jersey||Center for Prevention and Counseling||May 20||The Center for Prevention and Counseling will host a program called “Hidden in Plain Sight” for parents and concerned community members in Newton, New Jersey. This event will show how alcohol and other drugs can be easily hidden in a teenager’s bedroom. It will also address signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug use.|
|New Jersey||Montville Township Municipal Alliance - Drug Awareness Council||May 18-24||
Montville Township Municipal Alliance Drug Awareness Council has planned the following activities for National Prevention Week 2014:
|New Hampshire||Derry Friendship Center||May 18-24||Derry Friendship Center will host an event around prevention of alcohol abuse, prescription drug abuse, marijuana use and promotion of mental health in Derry, New Hampshire.|
|New York||New York City Prevention Resource Center (The Children's Aid Society)||TBD||
The New York City Prevention Resource Center (The Children's Aid Society) will hold a symposium about the intersection of alcohol and violence in New York City. Topics will include street and gun violence; intimate partner violence and sexual assault; abuse and neglect; and bias-motivated crimes. The event will include a keynote address, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking.
RSVP using the link below by May 30, 2014:
|New York||Syracuse University's Division of Student Affairs||April 21-24||Syracuse University's Division of Student Affairs will hold an educational event geared toward college students in Syracuse, New York, about prescription drug abuse and promotion of mental health.|
|New York||WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse||May 3, 18, 28-29||
WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse will hold a Leaders in Training Showcase on May 28 and 29. The Leaders in Training Program develops young students (beginning in 7th grade) to help them gain the skills that will make them great future leaders. Students participating in the program will showcase their community projects for their peers. This year they will incorporate the “I Choose” theme and show why they choose to be leaders rather than using drugs or alcohol.
WNY United will also hold its annual Red Ribbon baseball game on May 3 and its annual Family Fun Day event on May 18.
|New York||CAMBA’s Magnolia House Women’s Shelter||TBD||TBD|
|Ohio||Partnership for Violence Free Families||May 21-23||Partnership for Violence Free Families will hold two events in Kenton and Lima, Ohio. Suicide Prevention Day (Thursday, May 22) will sponsored by the Auglaize County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Wapak Gatekeepers Club and take place at Wapakoneta High School. Positive Addiction Week (Monday - Thursday, May 5-8) activities include presentations by PVFF Staff at Spencerville, St. Charles and St. Gerards Schools on prescription drug use and abuse, suicide prevention, social media civility and safety.|
|Ohio||SOLACE||April 21 & 22, May 5||
SOLACE will be doing speaking presentations for middle and high school students about the dangers of underage drinking and substance abuse and to provide education and awareness. JoAnna Krohn and a few guest speakers will provide educational messages.
Dates and Locations:
|Ohio||Meridian Community Care/ PANDA Leaders Club||May 18-24||
Meridian Community Care’s PANDA Leaders Club will participate by holding National Prevention Week activities in schools in Youngstown, Ohio.
PANDA empowers kids and teens by giving them the knowledge to make responsible decisions about the issues that affect them most today: drugs and alcohol, bullying, depression, violence, cutting, self-esteem, suicide and more.
|Oklahoma||Cherokee Nation||May 20||Cherokee Nation will host a community block party called "Rock the Block" in Tahlequah, OK, featuring a DJ from a local nightclub.|
|North Dakota||Wiconi Ohitika Strong Life Project||May 18-24||Wiconi Ohitika Strong Life Project will host a presentation with local speakers and professionals, a community walk/run, and an educational health fair in Fort Totten, North Dakota.|
|Pennsylvania||Commonwealth Prevention Alliance||May 15-16||Commonwealth Prevention Alliance will develop a Web event or a PSA about social norms, which will be run on TV stations in Pennsylvania.|
|Pennsylvania||Beaver County Behavioral Health and Project Recovery||May 21||
Beaver County Behavioral Health and Project Recovery are hosting a River Walk and ice cream social event in celebration of National Mental Health Awareness Month and National Prevention Week 2014.
|Pennsylvania||Aevidum||May 23||Aevidum will hold school-wide mental health awareness activities in schools in Pennsylvania and Delaware that have an Aevidum club.|
|Pennsylvania||Guiding Hearts with Hope, Inc.||May 24||
Guiding Hearts with Hope will exhibit at a local CVS Pharmacy in Hanover, Pennsylvania. The booth will provide information on the organization’s resources and services. Guiding Hearts with Hope addresses all issues concerning substance abuse and mental health, and the organization is dedicated to educating the public on how severely the disease impacts the family unit and well-being of the entire community.
|Rhode Island||Mothers Against Drunk Driving (City of Providence)||May 20 and 22||The city of Providence will host town hall meetings, a prescription drug collection, and an event focused on the prevention of drunk driving in Providence, Rhode Island.|
|South Carolina||Community Initiatives, Inc.||May 3||Community Initiatives, Inc. will hold a Teen Summit Extravaganza for community teenagers in Greenwood, South Carolina, for youth to express their concerns on the daily health theme issues of National Prevention Week.|
|South Dakota||The Front Porch Coalition||May 15||The Front Porch Coalition will host an outdoor awareness event in Rapid City, South Dakota, about suicide and mental health. The third annual event will feature food, entertainment, artists doing a mural, and a balloon release at the end of the event.|
|Tennessee||University of Tennessee's S.E.E. Center||March 10-14||University of Tennessee’s Safety, Environment and Education (S.E.E.) Center will host a Safe Spring Break event March 10–March 14. “Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future.” will highlight the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy lifestyle during Spring Break and beyond. At the event, students will have the opportunity to engage in interactive learning opportunities and take away informational documents and giveaways, including 2014 Spring Break tank tops for the first 100 student participants each day. Students will be encouraged to wear the shirts during Spring Break while engaging in safe, healthy, and fun activities, and then post their photo to the S.E.E. Center’s Twitter feed, @volshelpvols. At the conclusion of Spring Break, a randomly selected student will win a prize.|
|Tennessee||Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition||May 18-23||Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition will hold education/awareness classes in schools in Kingston, Tennessee, with the coalition’s P3-Positive Peer Pressure Clubs. The coalition will also post social media updates on National Prevention Week and discussions/articles/information on each day for that specific prevention topic.|
|Tennessee||Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors (GRAAB) Coalition||May 18-24||Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors (GRAAB) Coalition will conduct the following activities in Cleveland, Tennessee, covering all daily health themes of National Prevention Week:
|Texas||Bethel Community Development Corporation, Inc./ Bethel Prevention Coalition of San Antonio, Texas||May 15||
Bethel Community Development Corporation, Inc./Bethel Prevention Coalition of San Antonio, TX will host a free, interactive, youth town hall meeting. This community event is open to the public and will promote awareness regarding underage marijuana and alcohol use and its consequences.
|Texas||El Paso Advocates for Prevention Coalition (APC)||May 19||
The El Paso Advocates for Prevention Coalition (APC) Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking amongst Youth and Families – “Putting Unity in the Community” – will feature guest speakers, activities for youth and families, and resources to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, especially during the upcoming graduation ceremonies and celebrations.
Activities will include an "I Choose" Project poster art workshop for children, and informational booths from key partners including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Texas A&M University Colonias Program, Western Technical College, El Paso Community College, and participation from high schools in Socorro and the surrounding area.
For more information, contact: (915) 782-4032.
|Texas||Gateway to Care||May 21||
Harris County Gateway to Care Medical Reserve Corps will host a community town hall meeting on underage drinking prevention with the youth ministry of a local faith-based organization. The town hall will include a drunk driving simulation test provided by a local driving school, videos on drinking and driving by teens, and an anonymous survey to booster open discussions. Subject matter experts will be on hand to participate in the discussion.
|Texas||Higher Dimension Substance Abuse Program||May 23||
The Higher Dimension Substance Abuse Program will hold a community town hall meeting and Youth Friday Night Live event. The community events will bring awareness to the Westwood Community in Houston, Texas, regarding recovery and underage drinking. The event will engage youth in the Westwood community with a free screening of The Anonymous People documentary about recovery, a basketball showcase, an X-Box tournament, and a resource fair.
|U.S. Virgin Islands||AZ Academy After School Program||May 7-9||The AZ Academy After School Program will host an educational game and information party and an open house in Christiansted, St. Croix, about underage drinking and marijuana use.|
|Utah||Utah County Health Department||May 18-24||Utah County Health Department will hold the following events in Provo, Utah, during National Prevention Week:
|Utah||SMART Utah County Coalition||May 19 at 7:00 pm||SMART Utah County Coalition will host a Latinos in Action youth group on May 19 at 7:00 pm at Dixon Middle School in Provo, Utah. They will present information to educate and persuade parents and teens to do what they can to help reduce underage drinking and binge drinking. There will be presentations in both English and Spanish.|
|Vermont||Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition||May 18-23||Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition will host a brown bag lunch series each day of the week with area partner organization at open space in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.|
|Virginia||Albemarle County Schools (Safe Schools/Healthy Students)||May 19-23||Albemarle County Schools (Safe Schools/Healthy Students) will host daily brown bag lunches and informational sessions for community members and agencies in Charlottesville, Virginia.
|Virginia||Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth||May 14||Rev Your Bev Day is a statewide day of action in Virginia to raise awareness about the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages. For Rev Your Bev Day 2014, events will focus on educating participants about the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and their relation to physical activity, to help Virginians make the healthiest choices for themselves and their families. To find a 2014 Rev Your Bev Day event, visit the "Find an Event" page. To host your own 2014 Rev Your Bev Day event, visit the "Host an Event" page.|
|Washington||TOGETHER!||May 21||TOGETHER! is hosting a workshop for parents of teens about preventing alcohol and marijuana use among adolescents. The event will take place on May 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington.|
|Washington||Community Safety Network of Toppenish||May 20||Community Safety Network of Toppenish will host a health fair in Toppenish, Washington, that features health and safety information about prescription drug abuse and marijuana use. The Network will also hold a Community Walk/Run/Bike Rodeo to promote awareness of these issues.|
|Washington||College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention||May 19||College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention will hold a "spotlight session" in Seattle, Washington, focused on bystander intervention programs to prevent and provide rapid response to alcohol emergencies.|
|West Virginia||Community Connections||May 18-23||Community Connections will hold a 5k walk/run event in Princeton, West Virginia.|
|Wisconsin||Waukesha County Drug Free Communities (Addiction Resource Council, Inc.)||TBD||Waukesha County Drug Free Communities will host several events in Waukesha, Wisconsin, covering all daily themes of National Prevention Week: