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Prom season gets under way in Bucks

NHS Cares encourages teens to avoid risky behaviors

Spring is finally here in Bucks County and so is prom season.

While prom is an exciting night for high school students, it is associated with risky behavior for some teens which is why it is important for parents, youth and the community to proactively encourage safe, healthy, and legal celebrations. Nationally, just over half of prom goers report drinking four or more drinks on prom night. Teens under the influence are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior and traffic accidents are higher during prom and graduation season than at any other time of year.

“To prevent youth from engaging in risky behaviors, we need to do more than just educate people and that is why we also work to create healthy family, school, and community environments. However, when it comes to messaging, we do have a greater impact when messages are clear, consistent, and communicated in multiple ways,” said Andrea de la Flor who directs the substance abuse prevention efforts of New Hope-Solebury Cares.

In collaboration with community members, the group is carrying out some key pre-prom initiatives. All parents of New Hope-Solebury students attending prom, which is being held April 21, will receive a letter that details practical tips about how to talk to their teen before prom and how to host a fun, safe, and legal prom party; students will attend a pre-prom assembly focusing on prom safety; and the coalition is running a video contest in the school around students’ plans for a fun and safe prom. Finally, HG Giuseppes’ Pizza is attaching NHS Cares-sponsored stickers to pizza boxes to remind adults not to provide alcohol to minors.

NHS Cares thanks the following businesses and groups for their support: Janney Montgomery Scott, New Hope; New Hope Solebury School District; HG Giuseppes’ Pizza; Livengrin Foundation; Carol Ross Photography; New Hope Photo; and the P.S.I.C. club at New Hope-Solebury High School.

For information on NHS Cares, visit nhscares.org.

For a list of prom tips for parents, click HERE.



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