Parents, caregivers and those working with youth are welcome to attend a free presentation by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The presentation will be 6 p.m. tonight at White Rock Town Hall and hosted by Selena Hardy, a 2003 Los Alamos High School graduate.
Hardy started with MADD-NM in December, as a Program Specialist, but has worked in statewide programs, for the past five years.
"The prevention work holds a special place in my heart," Hardy said, whose husband was hit by a drunk driver while riding a bicycle home in July 2012. "Yes, the name is Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, but it is so much more than mothers, its sisters, brothers, friends all living in a community where there is an issue."
According to Hardy, the latest data shows that parents that send a clear message that underage drinking is unacceptable are 80 percent less likely to drink underage.
"This announcement solidifies the importance of the Power of Parents program as a means to empower parents with the tools they need to begin an ongoing and intentional dialogue about teen drinking in their homes."