The Road Report

Connecting With Families, Schools & Communities to Prevent Underage Drinking & Drug Use Among Teens.

Road Report

Jul 21, 2023

Summer 2023 Edition

A Promising Start to the School Year: Spreading Hope and Empowering Youth

Jim Mothersbaugh, Jr. (Founder, Road Radio USA)

Dear Road Radio USA Community,

As we embark on a new school year, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead. After almost 30 years of dedicated service, Road Radio USA continues to inspire and educate young people about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use. I am thrilled to share that we are more determined than ever to make a positive impact in the lives of our youth during the upcoming 2023/2024 school year.

The past year has been challenging for all of us, with the pandemic causing disruptions and uncertainties in the education system. However, as we look ahead, we see a glimmer of hope. With schools reopening and students returning to classrooms, we have a renewed opportunity to connect with our audience, deliver our powerful message, and empower youth to make informed decisions that will shape their futures.

At Road Radio USA, we remain committed to providing our engaging and educational presentations to as many schools and youth organizations as possible. We firmly believe that every young person deserves the chance to hear our message and be equipped with the knowledge and tools to make smart choices.

Thanks to the unwavering support of our sponsors, donors, and dedicated team, we are proud to offer our presentations free of charge to schools across the country. By eliminating financial barriers, we ensure that all students, regardless of their background or resources, have access to this critical information. Together, we are creating a more informed, resilient, and empowered generation.

In the upcoming school year, we have set ambitious goals to reach more communities and touch the lives of even greater numbers of young people. Our team is working tirelessly to schedule shows, both in-person and virtually, that will resonate with students, spark meaningful conversations, and ultimately, lead to positive behavior change.

I invite all of you, our valued Road Radio USA community, to join us in this endeavor. If you are an educator, administrator, or parent, please consider bringing our presentation to your school or youth organization. Together, we can create an environment that promotes informed decision-making, nurtures healthy relationships, and helps our youth thrive.

To our sponsors, donors, and supporters, your continued generosity and belief in our mission are what make all of this possible. We are immensely grateful for your support and invite you to stay engaged with us as we embark on this exciting journey.

As we enter the 2023/2024 school year, let us embrace the opportunities that lie ahead. Together, we will spread hope, empower our youth, and build a safer and healthier future.

Thank you for being a part of the Road Radio USA family.



Addressing the Impact of Underage Drinking and Drug Use: A Call to Action

As we strive to create safer and healthier communities for our youth, it is crucial to understand the impact of underage drinking and drug use on their lives. Despite our collective efforts, these challenges persist and continue to pose significant risks to the well-being of young individuals. Lets explore the current state of underage drinking and drug use, backed by recent facts and statistics, to shed light on this pressing issue and emphasize the importance of prevention and education.

The Prevalence of Underage Drinking:

Underage drinking remains a concerning issue affecting adolescents across the country. According to recent studies, approximately 30% of teenagers between the ages of 12 and 20 have reported consuming alcohol in the past month. Moreover, 52% of high school seniors have admitted to consuming alcohol within the past year. These numbers underscore the need for effective prevention strategies that address the factors contributing to underage drinking.

Substance Abuse and Teenagers:

In addition to alcohol, drug use among teenagers is a significant concern. The misuse of prescription drugs, marijuana, and other illicit substances continues to impact young individuals, posing risks to their physical and mental well-being. Recent studies indicate that about 50% of teens have misused a drug at least once in their lifetime, and 1-in-8 teenagers have experimented with illicit drugs at least once in the past year. The accessibility and normalization of drug use in some social circles further contribute to this issue.

The Consequences of Underage Drinking and Drug Use:

The consequences of underage drinking and drug use extend far beyond the immediate health risks. Teenagers who engage in these behaviors are more likely to experience academic difficulties, engage in risky sexual behaviors, exhibit aggressive behavior, and face legal consequences. Furthermore, substance abuse during adolescence can have long-term effects on brain development and increase the likelihood of developing addiction later in life.

Influencing Factors:

Understanding the underlying factors that contribute to underage drinking and drug use is essential in developing effective prevention strategies. Peer influence, social acceptance, media influence, and family history of substance abuse all play significant roles. Creating a supportive environment, strengthening protective factors, and fostering open communication can help mitigate these influences.

The Role of Prevention and Education:

Prevention and education are vital in addressing underage drinking and drug use. By equipping young individuals with knowledge about the risks associated with substance abuse, teaching effective refusal skills, and promoting healthy coping mechanisms, we can empower them to make informed decisions. School-based prevention programs, community initiatives, and family involvement all play a crucial role in creating a comprehensive approach to prevention.

The Road Radio USA Impact:

At Road Radio USA, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of young people by providing engaging and educational presentations on the realities of underage drinking and drug use. Through our innovative multimedia platform, we reach thousands of students each year, sparking meaningful conversations and empowering them to make smart choices.

The battle against underage drinking and drug use continues, but with a collective effort, we can create positive change. By staying informed about the current state of the issue, supporting prevention initiatives, and engaging in open dialogues with our youth, we can shape a safer and healthier future for the next generation. Let us work together to combat underage drinking and drug use, providing our youth with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to thrive.

Remember, prevention starts with us – parents, educators, community members, and organizations like Road Radio USA. Together, let’s stand against underage drinking and drug use and create a brighter future for our youth.

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The Power of Intervention: Addressing Underage Drinking and Drug Use through School, Community, and Family Initiatives

When it comes to combating underage drinking and drug use, a multi-faceted approach is key. School-based, community-based, and family-based interventions play crucial roles in educating, guiding, and supporting young individuals in making informed decisions.  When selecting prevention education programming and interventions, it is important to understand the impact and efficacy of these interventions and shed light on evidence-based strategies, including the power of storytelling and testimonials, as exemplified by the Road Radio USA program.

School-Based Interventions: Schools serve as a vital setting for intervention programs aimed at preventing underage drinking and drug use. These programs provide students with valuable knowledge, skills, and support systems to make informed choices. Examples of effective school-based interventions include:

  1. Educational Programs: Evidence-based educational programs delivered within the school setting help raise awareness about the risks associated with substance abuse. By equipping students with accurate information and teaching them refusal skills, these programs empower them to make healthier choices.
  2. Peer-Led Initiatives: Peer-led interventions, such as mentoring programs or student-led campaigns, have shown promising results in reducing underage drinking and drug use. Peers can serve as powerful role models and sources of support for their fellow students.

Community-Based Interventions: Community-based interventions complement school-based efforts by creating a supportive environment that promotes healthy choices and discourages substance abuse. These interventions involve collaboration among various stakeholders, including community organizations, law enforcement, healthcare providers, and local businesses. Examples of effective community-based interventions include:

  1. Awareness Campaigns: Community-wide campaigns aimed at raising awareness about the consequences of underage drinking and drug use can have a significant impact. These campaigns utilize multiple communication channels, such as social media, billboards, and public service announcements, to reach a broader audience.
  2. After-School Programs: Offering engaging and constructive after-school activities can help divert young individuals from risky behaviors. These programs provide opportunities for skill-building, positive peer interactions, and mentorship, reducing the likelihood of substance abuse.

Family-Based Interventions:  The influence of families cannot be overstated when addressing underage drinking and drug use. Family-based interventions focus on strengthening family relationships, improving communication, and promoting healthy parenting practices. Examples of effective family-based interventions include:

  1. Family Therapy: Family therapy sessions facilitate open and honest communication within the family unit. They provide a safe space to address underlying issues, enhance understanding, and improve problem-solving skills.
  2. Parenting Programs: Parenting programs equip parents with effective strategies for addressing substance abuse prevention. These programs emphasize the importance of setting clear expectations, fostering open communication, and promoting healthy family dynamics.

The Power of Storytelling and Testimonials:  Storytelling and testimonials have proven to be powerful tools in reaching and engaging young individuals. Personal stories create a connection and emotional resonance, allowing youth to relate to the experiences of others. Programs like Road Radio USA leverage storytelling and testimonials to deliver impactful messages that resonate with students. By sharing real-life stories of individuals affected by substance abuse, these interventions inspire empathy, encourage critical thinking, and motivate behavior change.

School-based, community-based, and family-based interventions all contribute to the collective effort of preventing underage drinking and drug use. These interventions provide valuable education, support systems, and opportunities for personal growth. Through evidence-based strategies, such as storytelling and testimonials, programs like Road Radio USA demonstrate the power of personal narratives in shaping youth behavior. By implementing and supporting these interventions, we can create environments that empower young individuals to make informed decisions and lead healthier lives.

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Making a Difference Together: The Impact of Sponsors and Donors on Road Radio USA Programming

At Road Radio USA, we believe in the power of collaboration and the incredible impact it has on our programming. The generous support of sponsors anddonors plays a vital role in enabling us to continue delivering our impactful message on the realities of underage drinking and drug use. We express our heartfelt gratitude and highlight the difference that their contributions make in reaching and empowering youth across the nation.

Empowering Youth Through Sponsorship and Donations: Sponsorship and donations provide the necessary resources to bring Road Radio USA’s live interactive multimedia edutainment presentations to schools and youth organizations free of charge. The impact of sponsors and donors can be seen in several key areas:

  • Reach and Accessibility: With the support of sponsors and donors, Road Radio USA has the ability to extend its reach to schools and youth organizations across the nation. Their contributions ensure that our message can reach as many young individuals as possible, regardless of financial barriers.
  • Educational Resources: Sponsorship and donations enable us to develop and enhance our educational resources, including updated multimedia content, educational materials, and interactive tools. These resources enhance the effectiveness and relevance of our presentations, ensuring that they resonate with and engage our audience.
  • Program Development: The continuous support of sponsors and donors allows us to invest in program development. This includes staying up-to-date with current trends, technology, and research in substance abuse prevention, allowing us to deliver the most relevant and impactful messages to youth.

Creating Lasting Change:  Through the dedication and support of sponsors and donors, Road Radio USA has been able to create lasting change in the lives of countless young individuals. Their contributions have resulted in:

  1. Increased Awareness: By sponsoring our programs, sponsors and donors help raise awareness about the consequences of underage drinking and drug use. They play a significant role in educating youth and promoting informed decision-making.
  2. Behavior Change: The powerful and relatable nature of our presentations, supported by sponsors and donors, has the potential to influence behavior change among young individuals. By sharing real-life stories, providing accurate information, and fostering critical thinking, we empower youth to make healthier choices.
  3. Community Impact: The impact of sponsorship and donations extends beyond the individual level. By supporting Road Radio USA, sponsors and donors contribute to building safer and healthier communities. Their commitment to preventing substance abuse among youth creates a ripple effect that positively impacts families, schools, and society as a whole.

Joining Hands: How You Can Make a Difference:  We invite you to join us in making a difference by becoming a sponsor or donor. Your support can help us continue our mission of spreading the realities of underage alcohol and drug use, and empower more young individuals to make informed decisions and lead fulfilling lives.

  1. Sponsorship Opportunities: Our sponsorship packages offer various levels of involvement and recognition. By becoming a sponsor, you align your organization with a cause that matters, showcase your commitment to the community, and make a tangible impact on the lives of youth.
  2. Donations: Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a difference. Your donation helps us reach and teach more students, providing them with the knowledge and support they need to navigate life’s challenges.

We extend our deepest gratitude to our sponsors and donors for their continued support and belief in our mission. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of young individuals, helping them make informed decisions and avoid the risks of underage drinking and drug use. Your sponsorship and donations empower us to continue our vital work and create a brighter, healthier future for our youth.

To become a sponsor or make a donation, visit our website at or contact us at We appreciate your support and look forward to partnering with you to create lasting change in our communities.

Empowering Students through Education: The Role of Educators in Substance Abuse Prevention

Education plays a pivotal role in empowering students to make informed decisions and navigate the challenges they face, including the temptations of underage drinking and drug use. At Road Radio USA, we recognize the essential partnership between our organization and educational institutions in creating a comprehensive approach to substance abuse prevention. 

The collaboration between Road Radio USA and schools is vital in delivering effective substance abuse prevention education. By joining forces, we can amplify our impact and reach more students with our powerful message. Together, we can continue to deliver engaging presentations, reinforce key messages, and provide teens and their families with additional resources

The live interactive multimedia edutainment presentations provided by Road Radio USA often serve as a catalyst for engaging in conversations about the realities of underage drinking and drug use. Educators play a crucial role in coordinating these presentations and ensuring that students have the opportunity to benefit from this impactful program.  Additionally, educators have a unique opportunity to reinforce the messages delivered by Road Radio USA in their day-to-day interactions with students. By integrating prevention education into the curriculum and classroom discussions, educators can reinforce the importance of making informed decisions and provide additional support to students.  Lastly, educators can complement Road Radio USA’s presentations with additional resources and educational materials. This includes incorporating substance abuse prevention topics into lesson plans, sharing relevant articles and videos, and connecting students with community resources and support networks.

Educators and administrators play a crucial role in creating a safe and supportive environment where students feel comfortable discussing substance abuse-related issues. By fostering open communication and promoting a positive school culture, they can encourage dialogue, foster critical thinking, and engage parents and guardians as partners in prevention. 

By initiating conversations about substance abuse prevention, educators can break down barriers and create a space where students feel comfortable discussing their thoughts, concerns, and questions. Open dialogue helps dispel myths, address misconceptions, and provide accurate information. Educators can empower students by promoting critical thinking skills and encouraging them to analyze the consequences of underage drinking and drug use. By fostering a culture of inquiry, educators help students develop the skills to make informed decisions and resist peer pressure.  And of course, teachers and administrators and other school staff can involve parents and guardians in substance abuse prevention efforts by providing resources and organizing parent workshops or information sessions. Engaging families in the conversation creates a collaborative approach that reinforces consistent messaging at home and in school.

Practical Tips for Educators:

To further support substance abuse prevention efforts, educators can consider the following tips:

  1. Integrate Prevention Education: Infuse substance abuse prevention topics into existing curriculum areas, such as health education, social studies, and life skills. Incorporate discussions, assignments, and activities that encourage critical thinking and decision-making.
  2. Engage Students through Interactive Methods: Utilize interactive teaching methods, such as group discussions, case studies, role-plays, and multimedia resources, to actively engage students in learning about the risks associated with underage drinking and drug use.
  3. Stay Informed: Stay up-to-date on the latest research, statistics, and trends related to underage drinking and drug use. This knowledge equips educators with accurate information to address students’ questions and concerns effectively.
  4. Foster Connections with Community Resources: Familiarize yourself with local organizations, counselors, and prevention specialists who can provide additional support and resources to students and families. Collaborate with these professionals to enhance prevention efforts.

Educators and administrators are instrumental in empowering students to make informed decisions and avoid the risks of underage drinking and drug use. By collaborating with organizations like Road Radio USA, educators can reinforce prevention messages, foster a supportive environment, and provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate life’s challenges. Together, we can create a culture of informed decision-making, helping students lead healthy, productive lives free from the dangers of substance abuse.