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Parent Education Series

Staying Connected With Your Teen offered at Chief Sealth High School 5950 Delridge Way S.W. on Feb. 23rd, March 2nd, March 9th, March 16th, and March 23rd, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. To register contact Yvonne Zick at

Guiding Good Choices offered at Madison Middle School 3429 45th Avenue S.W. on Feb. 24th, March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th and March 24th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (dinner provided).  To register contact Renae Gaines at (206) 252-9179 or
Guiding Good Choices offered at Madison Middle School 3429 45th Avenue S.W. on April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, May 17th, and May 24th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  To register contact Renae Gaines at (206) 252-9179 or


Welcome to Southwest Healthy Youth Partnership

Are OUR children using alcohol?
Students who report having a drink in the past month.
...while driving?
Students who report drinking and driving or riding with a driver who had been drinking.

Students who report drinking on 3 or more days in the past month.


How do students get alcohol?
Here's where 101 8th - 12th graders in the school obtained alcohol:

Students who report drinking heavily (5 or more drinks in a row) at last once in the past two weeks.

Survey results from state wide 2008 Healthy Youth Survery.
# surveyed in school: 6th - 264, 8th - 241, 10th - 306, 12th - 219

How strong are barriers to drinking in Madison - Chief Sealth - West Seattle?

Percent of students who think it is easy to get alcohol when they want.



Why do these number matter?


Studies show that:
  • When teens even think it's easy to get alcohol they're more likely to drink more and to drink more often.
  • Kids who have easy access to alcohol tend to assume that adults expect that they will drink.
  • The more alcohol they can actually get their hands on, the more linkely they are to drink.
  • Easy access also leads to heavier teen drinking.
Communities can:
  • Make alcohol harder to get.
  • Convince youth that it's not OK to drink.
  • Let adults know that their community does not think it's ok to provide alcohol to youth.

For information on how you and others in your community can reduce access to alcohol and change community attitudes about underage drinking,