Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $356,400)
The goal of the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program is to support and enhance State efforts, in cooperation with local jurisdictions, to enforce laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, or the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. For the purpose of the program, minors are defined as individuals under 21 years of age.
Since 2007, the Territory of American Samoa has worked to develop a comprehensive underage drinking prevention initiative that combines policy, program and practice enhancements implemented at both the government and community levels targeting all residents of the Territory. The Territory proposes to continue its efforts through the 2010 EUDL Block Grant by focusing on three (3) key strategies: 1) supporting the successful territory-wide Ta'ita'itama Interagency Taskforce and Youth to Youth Coalition both focused on preventing underage drinking through enhancement in policy, program and practice; 2)implementing a territorial media campaign aimed at educating the community about the 2007 American Samoa Underage Drinking Act and its provisions; and 3)implementing innovative prevention programs, including retail compliance checks by youth and responsible beverage server training for all staff working in establishments licensed to sell alcohol. Progress on achieving goals will be reported through the DCTAT system to OJJDP and will be demonstrated through: decrease in alcohol sales to minors through licensed alcohol vendors; increase in youth perception of risk or harm of alcohol use; increase in adult knowledge of consequences of breaking alcohol laws; and decrease in availability of alcohol at social gatherings. NCA/NCF