Current Activities

Action Plan: September 30, 2016 - September 29, 2017

Preventing Risky Behaviors Workshops (Year-Round)

This collaborative workshop sponsored by SAPCA, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy, and the Gang Prevention and Intervention Task Force helps parents understand why youth engage in risky behaviors.  Parents and interested adults will learn the warning signs to determine if their teen is using alcohol or drugs, is sexually active, or involved in a gang, and how to prevent and combat these risky behaviors.  To sponsor or attend a presentation, contact Whitney Chao at whitney.chao@alexandriava.gov.

Community of Concern Dinners (School Year)

The evenings include dialogue and education relating to underage drinking prevention. The program includes a presentation about the science of the effects of alcohol on the adolescent brain. After the presentation, there are guided conversations at the tables. Parents and students are at each table; families are asked to sit separately. If you would like your child's middle or high school to host a Community of Concern (COC) Dinner, contact Whitney Chao at whitney.chao@alexandriava.gov.

Parent Leadership Chat Groups (Year Round)

We need you to host a parent leadership chat group in your home or community! SAPCA members will help you launch the group and facilitate the first session using the facilitator guide, "Connecting for Alcohol Free Youth: A Parent Discussion". Help parents engage in open dialogue with other parents about how to prevent underage drinking and drug abuse among their kids.

Project Sticker Shock (October):

During the campaign, teams of youth and adults visit stores in Alexandria to place "warning" stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers and other alcoholic products, highlighting the penalties for furnishing alcohol to minors. SAPCA's Sticker Shock campaign kicks off with a press conference at the Alexandria CSB, 720 North Saint Asaph St., at 10am on a Saturday, in October. 

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

SAPCA partners with local law enforcement and businesses to host four Prescription Drug Take Back events throughout the year. Take Back Events are typically held in January, April, July, and October from 10am to 2pm. Drop off locations are: Alexandria Police Headquarters, 3600 Wheeler Avenue; Del Ray Pharmacy, 2204 Mount Vernon Ave, and other Alexandria locations. Please plan to drop off your unused prescription drugs! Contact Whitney Chao, whitney.chao@alexandriava.gov to find out when the next take back event will be!

Alcohol Awareness Month (April)

Contact Whitney at whitney.chao@alexandriava.gov to join the planning committee. Past events included wreckED presentations at schools, guest speakers and a viewing of the movie Haze followed by a panel discussion. All ideas are welcome!

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month  (September)

Contact Whitney Chao, whitney.chao@alexandriava.gov, to join the planning committee.