Friday, March 11, 2016

Plan to Attend “A Colorful Future for Van Buren County Youth!”

Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council (YLC) and SAFE Coalition will hold “A Colorful Future for Van Buren County Youth” – Color Run & Town Hall Meeting with parents, students, law enforcement, community members and health professionals to discuss underage drinking & tobacco prevention. Everyone is invited to attend!

WHO: Speakers for the event will be Kitty Bogle, Pat McAvan and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office

WHAT: A Colorful Future for Van Buren County Youth will include the following:
Color Run/Walk from 5:00-6:00 pm
Free Will Donation Dinner cooked by the Van Buren County Cattleman at 6:00 pm
A Colorful Future for Van Buren County Youth presentation from 6:15-7:00 pm

WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm with the program beginning at 6:15pm

WHERE: Roberts Memorial Center- Keosauqua

Extra-credit is being offered by select teachers for attendance at the event
Event T-shirts available for $10 with pre-registration by March 29th with Melissa Daugherty at 319-293-3171 ext. 1271. 

Underage drinking is a pressing public health concern that affects the health and well-being of our nation’s youth, their families and our community. On the 2014 Iowa Youth Survey 11th grade students reported that 27% did have at least one drink of alcohol in the past 30 days and that 81% of them believe it would be easy to very easy to get alcohol in the Van Buren County area.   Underage drinking contributes to a range of costly health and social problems, including traffic fatalities, suicide, physical and sexual assault, brain impairment, alcohol dependence, academic problems and alcohol and drug poisoning. In 2013, underage drinking cost citizens of the United States $56.9 billion, according to data from the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center. These costs include medical care, work loss and pain & suffering associated with underage drinking.

For additional information about the event please contact the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or email at

For more information about the national 2016 Town Hall Meeting initiative, which is expected to involve more than 2,000 communities, please visit:

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