Initially, we would sit in on village board meetings in order to be better acquainted with how the meetings would proceed. We would observe how others presented their ideas concerning certain changes to the community and apply their strategies to present the Social Host Ordinance to board members.
After going to these meetings, we created a survey that would collect people’s opinions concerning underage drinking within the community and the implementation of a Social Host Ordinance.
Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Barrington LEADS Youth Advisory Council has been meeting to discuss a plan of attack for passing the Social Host Ordinance in the South Barrington community. We would meet before school on Friday mornings to learn about community policy and how to gather data from youth surveys, spanning from a country to a local level.
In January, a group of us went to visit the CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) conference in Washington DC to take our learning of community policy to the next level. We met model lawmakers representing our community and learned about a more focused approach to dealing with drug and alcohol prevention. We also conversed with others from across the nation in order to hear the various prevention tactics they used to lower drug and alcohol usage within their communities.
Through this experience, we were further able to develop our plan for the presentations. Once we came back we planned to meet with the South Barrington village board.
Together we gave a speech and made a huge impact on the board. The ordinance was passed shortly afterwards!
Seeing all the hard work we had put into this effort come into fruition makes us even more proud of our achievement. This validation was a great motivator to press forward in our efforts within the community.