Proudly serving the communities of:
Oxford, Riverdale and Jonesboro in Newton and Clayton Counties
The need in Oxford
The Oxford community was chosen to receive the benefits from the State grant Alcohol Prevention Project based on data collected showing that:
- 55.2% of youth age 9 to 20 reported having their first drink of alcohol by age 13
- More than half of parents age 31+ consider underage drinking a problem in the Oxford community
- 41.4% of 9 to 12-year-olds report they have not talked with at least one parent about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol or drug use in the past 12 months
The need in Riverdale/Jonesboro
The Riverdale/Jonesboro communities were chosen to receive the benefits from the State grant Alcohol Prevention Project based on data collected showing that:
- 51.9% of youth aged 9-20 responding report having their first drink of alcohol by age 13
- 29% report binge drinking behavior (5+ drinks in one sitting) in the last 30 days
- 52.4% of 18-20 year-olds report that beer, wine, and hard liquor are “very easy” to obtain.
- 64.3% of youth aged 9-20 responded that “most of” the students in their grade drink alcoholic beverages.
- 28.6% of 9 to 12 year-olds and 56.3% of 13 to 17 year-olds responded that they HAD NOT talked with at least one parent about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, or drug use in the last 12 months.
Why HEARTS is concerned with the early onset of underage drinking
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, using alcohol and drugs before the brain has fully developed increases the risk for future addiction to alcohol and drugs dramatically. Young people who start drinking alcohol before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. Research for drug use and drug addiction have found similar results.
How HEARTS for Families will help
We are excited about the upcoming work in your community that will assist parents with skills and tools so that they can "Be the Wall" between their children and alcohol in hopes of decreasing the early onset of alcohol use among youth in the community!
Help us spread positive messaging and get involved by joining a STEP Up Workgroup or donating to support these programs in your community.
Join us on September 17th, 2016 for a Town Hall event at Newton High School! Click here for more information.
Riverdale/Jonesboro STEP Up Workgroup meetings
Third Wednesday of the month
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
HEARTS to Nourish Hope
Donate to Region 3
The following items are in need of a good home! All proceeds from the purchases below will go toward Region 3's Alcohol Prevention Project initiatives to serve the needs of those in the communities specific to this region.
Thank you to our STEP Up Workgroup partners
- Newton County Sheriff's Department
- ASFC Outreach
- Department of Juvenile Justice
- Salvation Army
- Newton County Community Partnership
- Hands-On Newton
- Hearts to Nourish Hope
- Clayton County Library System
- Clayton County Police Department
- Clayton County Board of Health
- Clayton Community Service Board