READY Coalition

READY is Arlington’s coalition to Reduce and Eliminate Alcohol and Drug-use by Youth. For updates and articles, like READY on Facebook.

We are a group consisting of community members, school and county staff, committed to identifying the risk factors teens in Arlington face related to underage drinking, marijuana and other substance use, and help them make healthier choices.

Get involved with Arlington’s READY Coalition by spreading the word, attending a meeting, liking us on Facebookhosting a parent chat, and much more. For more information, contact

Who We Are
As members of the Arlington community, we provide information to increase understanding about the risks associated with underage alcohol and drug use.
We work to help youth and the adults in their lives to recognize that alcohol and drug use is risky and will not help them achieve their goals.

How We Do It
We work with Arlington Public Schools, community organizations, teen groups, faith groups, and local businesses
to develop ways to help youth 
in Arlington make choices that don’t include alcohol or drugs.

Our Mission
The Arlington READY Coalition provides an on-going community-wide forum that identifies strategies to keep teens drug- and alcohol-free.

Past Events have included:

Support our Teens / READY to Listen

We share tips & strategies about keeping teens safe AND about having successful conversations on potentially tricky topics. Attendees have the opportunity to learn & practice (with teens!) meaningful conversations about drugs, alcohol, vaping (and other things too).

Here are the presentation slides from a recent event at Yorktown High School.

Mission Possible

Arlington’s READY Coalition to reduce teen alcohol and drug use, the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, and the Arlington Department of Human Services – Child and Family Services invites you to learn to more about:

Signs of youth substance use – what to be aware of and look for

Tips for talking to middle schoolers about substance use, ways to help them stay safe

Arlington’s Second Chance substance abuse education and intervention program

Marijuana Town Hall: What’s the Big Deal

What’s the Big Deal?  Actually quite a bit.  Come hear our panel discuss marijuana risks for youth and some concerns from different perspectives.  Included on the panel is an ER doctor from  INOVA Fairfax, a scientist from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an Arlington County Police Officer who works in our schools and a young man with extensive experience with marijuana use in Northern Virginia.

This forum provides a dialogue about a subject that is typically underrepresented in our community.  It will explore some of the dangerous consequences of teenage marijuana use.

Marijuana Harmless? Think Again

How do parents, teens and community members know the truth about today’s marijuana? Hear personal stories and local professionals presenting on the impact marijuana can have on the developing teen brain, academics, mental wellness and more.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: High school students, young adults, parents and adults who work with youth are invited to attend this informational forum.

HAZE: The Movie

Join us for an award-winning film to educate parents and students about the dangers of alcohol and binge drinking. The film contains graphic images but is a must-see for all parents, their college-bound kids, and anyone who is concerned about the dangers of underage and high-risk drinking.

We are putting together a distinguished panel that will include a college student, medical professional, police officer, Commonwealth attorney, and family therapist to provide their first-hand insights into the dangers and life-altering consequences of making risky choices with alcohol and drugs. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion, giving audience members an opportunity to further tap into the panel’s expertise.

The documentary Haze tells Gordie’s story within the greater context of alcohol abuse and hazing on campus. The program will spark in-depth conversations about alcohol, “rites of passage,” and traditions. It will motivate audience members to intervene before an alcohol emergency occurs.