Celebrate Safely: A Guide for Families

Prom and graduation season is upon us, and it’s a whirlwind of excitement for teens and their families alike! While these milestones are a cause for celebration, it’s important to recognize their potential risks. 

Enter Celebrate Safely, the annual campaign geared towards local high school students and their families during prom and graduation season. This initiative serves as a reminder to prioritize safety and good decisions throughout these high-risk events. It’s important for parents and caregivers to have open and honest conversations about substance use, set clear expectations, and establish a supportive environment. 

We want to ensure that all Addison County students keep themselves, their friends, and their community safe! Check out the tips below for more information on navigating this season safely.

  • Talk! It’s important.  Over 50% of Addison County high schoolers reported that their parent or caregiver never talked to them about the potential risks of alcohol or other drug use in the past year. Take this opportunity to have a conversation with a trusted adult about substance use ahead of high-risk events. ParentUp is a great resource with lots of information about facilitating conversations about substances with your child.
  • Have a plan. Talk with your friends and plan where you will be before and after prom and graduation. Share this plan with a trusted adult. Honesty is the safest policy!
  • Drive and ride safely. Know how you will get around and home safely. If you need a ride for any reason, contact a responsible and sober friend or trusted adult.
    Reach out. If you need a ride or help for any reason, contact a trusted friend or adult. Create a code word or code emoji for quick and subtle communication!
  • Have fun! This is a time to celebrate your achievements and create lasting memories. Remember that you do not have to drink or use substances to enjoy yourself. 

Prom and graduation season is a time to celebrate your accomplishments and look forward to the future. By celebrating safely, you can ensure that these moments are truly unforgettable. So go ahead, dance the night away, toss your cap in the air, and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Celebrating safely is not only for prom and graduation season—you should always celebrate safely, no matter the occasion! 

YOU are important. Have fun. Be safe!