The Leadership Reads Initiative is a nationwide endeavor to facilitate parents’ learning about several techniques to minimze the risk of their children using alcohol and other drugs. Ideally, the First Spouse of every state will choose to kick off a Leadership Reads program in their state, but it can also be implemented by local leaders as well, such as the Mayor or Mayor’s Spouse. The intent of the Leadership Reads Initiative is to bring together parents/guardians to discuss books that relate to childhood and adolescent health. The first book selected for the Leadership Reads Initiative is Messengers in Denim: The Amazing Things Parents Can Learn from Teens, authored by Par Donahue, M.D. (Mapletree Publishing Company). The discussion guide related to that book centers on alcohol use as a deterrent to childhood/adolescent health, well-being and success.
The discussion guide on alcohol as a deterrent to health, success, and well-being based on the book, Messengers in Denim, is listed below.