Bucking traditions can be difficult, especially when one’s own family and community oppose the changes. However,Chicago’s Brighton Park Drug Free Community Coalition recently accomplished a successful challenge to the accepted norm by hosting an alcohol-free quinceañera for 15-year-old, neighborhood girls. A quinceañera is a celebration in Latino communities symbolizing a teenage girl’s transition from a child into a young woman. In the past, it focused on the honoree’s faith and values. Today it has often become an excessive spectacle where alcohol and underage drinking are not only accepted but expected. While many parents opposed the idea of a non-alcoholic event, the girls involved in the festivities were receptive and happy with the undertaking.
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