MAHONING VALLEY 3 groups get grants to further teen anti-drinking campaign
It's against the law for adults to serve alcohol to underage children other than their own.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Three area community organizations are among 39 statewide that received grants from Ohio Parents for Drug Free Youth to implement the state group's teen anti-drinking public awareness campaign during the prom and graduation season of 2003.
The campaign, called "Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don't be a Party to Teenage Drinking," targets parents of teenagers by addressing the legal consequences of hosting hours parties where teens other than their own consume alcohol.
What law says
It is illegal for adults to serve alcohol to underage people who are not their children, even if the child's parents have given permission.
Parents may serve alcohol to their own children, but only under direct observation and in reasonable amounts that do not cause intoxication.
That provision is in the law because there are religions and cultures that use alcohol, said Barbara Kubiak, substance abuse prevention coordinator for Community Solutions Association in Warren.
Area groups that received grants include:
West Branch Local Schools, Beloit, $2,000.
Community Solutions Association, a Trumbull Lifelines agency, Warren, $2,500.
CARE Network, the Drug and Alcohol Services Division of the Jefferson County Behavioral Health System, Steubenville, $2,000.
Ohio Parents for Drug Free Youth is funded by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, and the grant money, $75,000 in all, is provided by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.