Depending on the amount of time you are willing to commit promoting Choose Responsibility, you may either want to organize a local coalition or take on individual efforts. If you are interested in establishing a local chapter or creating a coalition of organizations to promote Choose Responsibility's mission, these seven steps can help facilitate the process.
- Inform yourself. If you haven't already, sign up as a volunteer and request that we send you a volunteer pack with the information you need to know to be a knowledgeable advocate for Choose Responsibility.
- Find [CR] volunteers in your area.
- Identify the aspect of the drinking age debate that will resonate with your target population. It is important to not discount the other issues, but focusing in on one that will "click" with your target population is a reliable way to get people's attention.
- Tap into existing organizations networks of contact where that issue will resonate. These may include local political organizations or parties, parent or teacher associations, small business owners, local service groups, media groups, school boards, public officials, or church groups.
- If you can get other organizations to take up the issue (parents associations, drunken driving task forces, community councils) then you may very well not need to create a standalone organization. But first you must ...
- Show that this issue is important to the community. Use local events to show that the way society introduces alcohol to its young adults is currently inadequate and can be improved.
- Once you have mobilized a group interested in the issue, spread the word about the viable alternative Choose Responsibility promotes to the current legal drinking age.
**Choose Responsibility sends speakers to event across the country. Contact us if you or your group would like to have a [CR] representative speak at your event.**