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Underage Drinking: The World Cafe fosters community dialogue in Fontana, California


Best-selling author will address underage drinking in Fontana

Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 1:19 PM CDT

The Fontana Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, in collaboration with the Fontana Community Coalition (FCC), will be hosting a World Café with a special guest speaker, Toren Volkmann, on Saturday, March 20.


This free event, for youth 13 and older and their parents, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Jack Bulik Teen Center, 16581 Filbert Street in Fontana. A Spanish-only presentation by the author will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


The World Café and Volkmann will focus on underage drinking and the issues youth and the community of Fontana face.


Volkmann is the co-author (with his mother Chris Volkmann) of the New York Times best-selling book, “From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking.” He will openly discuss the dangerous effects of teenage drinking and the impact to the community.


Volkmann, a recovering alcoholic, will speak about his experiences from a casual underage drinker, to an alcoholic, and, finally, his recovery. His book provides insight into the choices our society offers our youth and ends with the message that we must work together.


The World Café, following Volkmann’s presentation, will be an opportunity for local youth to interact with community and business leaders, parents, local governmental leaders, and other youth and adults to discuss issues associated with underage drinking and the impact it has on Fontana.


The World Café is an innovative, safe, and open environment where community can address questions and concerns, thread common themes, and generate solutions. Youth from the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will co-host and facilitate the World Café discussions.


Founded in 2007, the Fontana Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) is a community and civic leadership program consisting of middle and high school students. The MYAC is dedicated to representing Fontana’s youth voice by working with the City Council to strengthen and improve youth-oriented efforts and make their community safer and healthier.


The FCC held its inaugural meeting in February of 2008. Members include local key leaders and decision makers, community members and youth who are committed to addressing problems associated with underage drinking by using a collaborative approach and strengthening partnerships.


Reach Out and Central Valley Prevention Program of Mental Health Systems, Inc. are local non-profits and partners in the Fontana Community Coalition.


For more information about the World Café, call Jason Hendrix at (909) 349-6983 or Beverlee Spencer at (909) 423-0312.


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