READY is Arlington’s coalition to Reduce and Eliminate Alcohol and Drug-use by Youth.
Committed to identifying the risk factors teens in Arlington face related to underage drinking, marijuana and other substance use or abuse, and help them make healthier choices.
The Partnership started the READY Coalition in response to the rising level of the binge drinking and marijuana use of Arlington youth as reported on student surveys. One-third of Arlington seniors reported having used marijuana in the past year or reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month.
The READY Coalition’s primary goal is to create an infrastructure in Arlington that can respond to current and future drug and alcohol issues that arise in the community.
READY Coalition is a project of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, formerly funded through a Drug Free Communities Grant and a Virginia Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant.
Who We Are
As members of the Arlington community, we provide information to increase understanding about the risks associated with underage alcohol and drug use. We work to help youth and the adults in their lives to recognize that alcohol and drug use is risky and will not help them achieve their goals.
How We Do It
We work with Arlington Public Schools, community organizations, teen groups, faith groups, and local businesses to develop ways to help youth in Arlington make choices
that don’t include alcohol or drugs.
The Arlington READY Coalition provides an on-going community-wide forum that identifies strategies to keep teens drug- and alcohol-free.
You Can Help
Get involved with Arlington’s READY Coalition by spreading the word, joining a committee, liking us on Facebook, hosting a parent chat, and much more. For more information, contact Readycoalition@gmail.com
Sarah Duke, Coalition Chair
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