The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College will be the location for the 2013 Florida’s Kids & Alcohol Town Hall Meeting on March 21.
The event, hosted by LiveFree! and WEDU and in partnership with SPC, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Pinellas County Schools, Pinellas Park Police Department, Operation PAR and others, will feature discussion on issues such as underage alcohol use, synthetic marijuana use, prescription drug abuse and the peer pressure young people face regarding drugs and alcohol. This free forum, 2013 Florida’s Kids & Alcohol Partnerships for Success: The Power and Promise of Community, will be taped and broadcast on April 25 at 9 p.m. on WEDU-TV.
“LiveFree! and our partners are thrilled to bring the Town Hall meeting to The Palladium at St. Petersburg College and are hoping for our biggest turn out to date,” said Jackie Griffin, executive director of LiveFree!. “We are looking forward to a spirited and interactive discussion about one of the most important issues affecting kids and teens today.”
The Florida’s Kids and Alcohol series is the longest running, televised town hall meeting in the country, according to organizers.
This year’s moderator is Laura McElroy, who currently works for the Tampa Police Department. Panelists will include: high school students, Griffin, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, health educators and more.
The event starts at 6 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. A youth talent and coalition expo will be held earlier that day starting at 4 p.m.
People can send their discussion questions for the town hall meeting to email@example.com.
To attend and take part in the live taping, RSVP at wedu.org.