As a teen, you have more power than you think when it comes to saying no to alcohol and marijuana. Power of You(th)® is one of MADD’s programs which provides you with research-based information on the dangers of underage drinking and marijuana use.

We want to prepare you with the tools to resist peer pressure and empower you to take the next step and influence your friends to make the right choices. Your future is determined by the decisions you make today.

Download the booklet, read through this site, take the quiz, and take the pledge. Share these resources with your peers to keep your friends safe and informed.

Power of You(th)® Handbooks & Toolkit

The Power of You(th)® Teen Booklet has the answers to your questions about the dangers of underage alcohol and marijuana use. Learn the dangers to your developing body, the lifelong consequences, ways to say no when offered, and how to talk about it with your friends, parents, and peers.

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Underage alcohol and marijuana use leaves damaging, lifelong effects on the brain and body. Your organs are growing and changing every minute. The brain is not fully developed until the mid-20s, meaning any underage drug use severely stunts your development.

Your prefrontal cortex—the part of your brain that controls reasoning and helps you think before you act—is growing rapidly. The developing brain is not as efficient at decision making and problem solving as it will be when you’re older. It’s biology, not maturity.

Check out all the irreversible damage that alcohol and marijuana inflict on the developing body.

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Power of You(th) is not just about telling you what to do. It’s about empowering you to make safe and smart
decisions about your brain, body, and future. Afterall, it’s you that has the power to protect yourself.

Decide that your future is not worth risking

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  • Because it is illegal and dangerous, I pledge not to drink alcohol before age 21 or use other drugs.
  • I pledge not to ride with someone who has been drinking or using drugs.
  • If I find myself in a situation where I feel unsafe or uncomfortable, I pledge to call an adult for a safe ride home.
    Every decision you make, every conversation you have, every person you impact makes a difference. You can take a stand and protect your future.


Alex Otte

In my life, I have been greatly affected by other people’s decisions regarding alcohol. When I was 13 years old, I was run over by a drunk boater. I lost my leg and broke a lot of the bones in my body, including my neck, and also sustained a severe brain injury. My life was changed forever, to no fault of my own, but still, I am thankful. Since then, I have received massive amounts of support from my friends, family, and MADD. For many years, I thought that the event that would forever have the greatest impact on my life was the result of another person’s choice.

Alex Otte