Together we can make a difference 21 Reasons -- Portland is guided by a Steering Committee made up of community members and organizational representatives, and is supported by a broad base of community volunteers. Our two grassroots Action Teams are actively working in three areas:
Changing community norms, especially adult attitudes, to support alcohol-free expectations for underage youth.
Reducing alcohol availability & accessibility to youth.
Increasing enforcement of underage drinking, furnishing, and hosting laws.
Our 2014-2015 Steering Committee members:
Officer Coreena Behnke, Portland Police Department, School Resource Officer
Dr. Kolawole Bankole, Access Project Director, Minority Health Program, City of Portland
Sam Beal, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine
Jim Bourque, Vice President, Nappi Distributors
Tom Handel, Director, Community Television Network 5
Sgt. Andrew Hutchings, Portland Police Department
Ronnie Katz, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, City of Portland
Debi Migneault, Principal, Portland HS
Bethany Murphy, Portland Police Department
Marcie Oechslie, Educator, Sexual Assault Services of Southern Maine
Regina Phillips, Refugee Services Program Coordinator, City of Portland
Dr. Ellen Popenoe, Neuropsychologist, Portland Parent
Sister Patricia Pora, Director, Hispanic Outreach, Diocese of Portland
Caroline Raymond, Program Director, Day One
Sue Steele, Coordinator, Safe and Drug Free Schools, Portland Public School District
Jeanne Whynot-Vickers, Director of Education, LearningWorks
Jo Morrissey, Project Manager, 21 Reasons
Robin Hetzler, Project Coordinator, 21 Reasons
Click here for more information on our 2014-2015 Steering Committee!
Tentative Steering Committee Meeting Dates for 2014-2015
December 3, 2014
January 7, 2015
February 4, 2015
March 4, 2015
April 8, 2015
May 6, 2015
June 3, 2015
Action Teams: Action Teams are largely made up of community volunteers and steering committee members. For action team meeting dates, email Jo Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Education Action Team is dedicated to changing community norms, especially adult attitudes, with the goal to foster an environment that supports alcohol-free expectations for underage youth. Projects are carried out by a variety of community partners including parents, media outlets, and other coalition members. Projects include a parental monitoring campaign to educate parents on what they can do to reduce their children’s risk, reduce youth exposure to alcohol advertising, and educate young adults on the risks of underage or high risk drinking. Other projects include raising the awareness of positive adult role modeling and mentoring.
Policy/Enforcement Action Team works to reduce youth access to alcohol through strong policy and enforcement of underage drinking, furnishing, and hosting laws. Projects are carried out in partnership with the Portland Police Department, Cumberland County District Attorney's Office, Department of Corrections, and Cumberland County Underage Drinking Enforcement Task Force. Projects include partnering with alcohol retailers to increase customer awareness of the penalties and costs of furnishing alcohol to minors, increase training for servers and clerks, increase carding, and place alcohol in locations less accessible to youth. This team was formed when the Enforcement Action Team and the Access Action Team joined forces in the fall of 2007.