Be The Influence
The Mill Valley PTSA, school counselors, teachers, and administrators, in partnership with Mill Valley Aware (Mill Valley's healthy living coalition) seek to improve the health, safety, and wellness of our students by reducing teen alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use, including:
- Easy access by teens to alcohol, marijuana and other drugs;
- Parties and gatherings at homes (as well as rented venues) involving teen use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs;
- Binge drinking;
- Riding in cars with drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs
- Vaping; and
- Prescription drug use.
What Can You Do as a Parent?
Join "Be the Influence" (BTI) Campaign by making the BTI Parent Commitment by going to https://www.betheinfluence.us. Make your best efforts to discourage teen alcohol or other drug use by sticking to the simple measures listed in their Commitment. The research is clear that the longer teens "delay" using, the better off they will be as adults - and allowing use at home leads to more use elsewhere. Once you sign and provide your contact information on the BTI Parent Commitment Form you will be given access to the BTI Parent List.
- Use the BTI Parent List to get to know your teen's friend's parents and monitor what your teen is up to. The BTI Parent List contains contact information of other BTI parents, including email addresses and cell phone numbers. Once you have submitted your commitment access to the list will be emailed to you.
- Confirm your teen's whereabouts, level of adult supervision and lack of access to alcohol and other drugs. Get to know your teen's friends and communicate and network with their parents. Don't hesitate to make those "cold calls" (or use email or text-messaging) to your teen's friend's parents. This is not only useful when your student attends hosted weekend parties and sleepovers, but also during the weekday afternoon hours.
- Model the Behavior that You Want to See in Your Teen. Marin's high rates of teen alcohol and drug use mirror adult rates. Remember that your teens are watching you.
- Just Say "Know": Talk with and Listen to your Teens. Get educated on the latest research and trends by attending Parent Education events and reading our regular BTI Newsletters. Make use of the timely information and additional resources to start conversations with your teens - and then listen to what they have to say. Stay tuned for newsletters!