Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation/TVS Coalition Network, Inc.
The Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation’s Tempering the Valley of Steel (TVS) Coalition
Network, the lead agency for Pennsylvanians Against Underage Drinking, builds grassroots
partnerships and assists community organizations running youth education and prevention
projects in 10 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Too Smart To Start team
in Pittsburgh will work through various school- and community-based programs for
9- to 13-year-olds and their parents.
To learn about the harms of underage alcohol use and ways to promote awareness of
these harms, youth will participate in the Project Northland program, and their
parents and caregivers will be invited to attend a family strengthening training.
In addition, students from three school districts will create underage alcohol use
prevention messages and deliver them to peers during school announcements. These
students will also run and take part in media activities such as talk shows, chat
rooms, and radio programs.
The team is collaborating with faith-based groups to host a weekly afterschool program
for 9- to 13-year-olds and their parents. Lastly, the Pittsburgh team hopes to increase
social unacceptability of underage alcohol use by helping youth hold community forums
at which they discuss their perspectives on the subject.