Howdy, I'm Stormey Barton, Founder of Students Opposing Substances (SOS) and a member of the MADD National Teen Influencers. Parents and kids both staying on the same page about alcohol requires effort and commitment. From my own experiences I have seen that it is much more difficult for me to build trust with my parents if they have no idea about where I am, who I'm with, and what I'm up to after school and on the weekends.
It was 9:30 p.m. on November 18, 2011. The traffic light had just turned green as Fran and Steve Granado moved through the intersection in Sierra Vista, Arizona, when their pickup truck was violently hit from behind. The blow caused the backs of their heads to hit the glass in the truck’s rear window, shattering in into pieces.
From kicking off Power Talk 21® in Houston, Texas...to sharing the stage with the National Football League at two universities in Ohio... to recognizing Law Enforcement at an event in Atlanta, Georgia... to attending in a similar gathering in Long Island, New York... to meeting with government officials in a variety of states... I’ve had a busy and very rewarding few weeks!
Taylor Pirc was only four years old when she was killed by a repeat drunk driving offender. Taylor and her Grandma were on their way to take food to Taylor’s great-grandmother, who was sick. They were driving through a busy intersection when a car coming from the other direction and swerving from lane to lane turned too soon. He hit the median and came down on the back half of the car where Taylor was sitting.
We’re proud to partner with MADD to help keep our nation’s children safe, and I hope you’ll use PowerTalk 21 day as just one opportunity to have the conversation with your kids about alcohol.
With big milestones for teens, like prom and graduation, happening this time of year it’s just as important as ever to make sure your rules and expectations for your kids about alcohol are clear.
My journey begins in the early hours of January 12, 2014. What should've been a calm night turned in to the most horrific ordeal for many. At approximately 12:30 a.m. a part of me was taken. My family lost the most important and influential person we knew—my 17 year old sister Alejandra.
Research shows that the more you connect with your kids by having dinner together, talking, enjoying activities, etc., the more protected your kids are against alcohol and other drug use. And eating dinner together gives you a great opportunity to talk with your kids about the dangers of underage drinking!
CASAColumbia® Family Day - Be Involved. Stay Involved.® is delighted to be partnering with MADD to help spread the word about PowerTalk 21® Day. We applaud MADD’s commitment to informing parents about the importance of talking with your children about alcohol.