The State of Iowa has been working for several
years to improve programming in order to combat the underage drinking
problem in Iowa and meet its obligation to Iowa's youth. As part
of this endeavor the CJJP has received a block grant from the Enforcing
Underage Drinking Laws Program to enhance the creation of and support
for programs which target underage drinking. To further build capacity
and address this problem CJJP has strived to collaborate with other
state agencies and local planning and program initiatives with an
attempt to shift focus away from youth problems and categorical
youth programs to a more holistic approach designed to support all
youth and foster healthy and positive youth development. This youth
development approach, while not ignoring youth problems, is based
on the principle that many youth problems are interrelated and can
be best addressed through comprehensive and proactive strategies
that engage youth in positive ways.
local DECAT boards will serve as the planning entity for EUDL efforts
and in order to access this funding will be required to incorporate
an enforcing underage drinking laws component into existing local
child welfare/juvenile justice plans and programming. The Planning
Team must include representatives from education and law enforcement.
with the purpose: to reduce the availability of alcoholic beverages
to minors (persons under the age of 21) and the consumption of alcoholic
beverages by minors. There is $387,601 available.
Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program Presentation by Aidan Moore