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Giving More Credit to Responsible Choices Some Austin Teens Make

July 24, 2019 06:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Austin Positive Action Coalition (APAC) has hidden ten signs throughout Austin for people to find as a part of a scavenger hunt to raise awareness surrounding underage drinking.

“What we’re trying to do is trying to reverse perceptions of what people think is going on in our high school among our students. A lot of times people will think that everybody’s drinking at the high school when the fact is only about 13% are choosing to use alcohol on a monthly basis.” Said P&I Coordinator for APAC, Bill Spitzer.

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Rather than focusing on the negative side of the statistics, the messages highlight the positive.

“We see so much negative in the world. It’s just kind of nice to look at, hey there are some positive things going on in our world. There are some positive things going on in the community.” Spitzer said.

The scavenger hunt started at the beginning of June and runs until the end of August.

“We thought we would use a social media campaign, called the Truth Is scavenger hunt, to utilize social media as a form to get our message out.” Said Spitzer.

If you want to participate all you have to do is find a billboard or sign posted throughout Austin, snap a selfie and post it to social media using the hashtag #TruthIsAustin.

Nancy Quednow and her granddaughters are in on the action.

“If they get the message that alcohol and drugs and tobacco are not something they should be spending their time on, then we figure that when they’re older and in senior high and they have that good foundation, then I think we have a better chance of success in their lives.” Said Quednow.

The group is using a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to help pay for the signs.

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Brett Bachtle

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