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Encounter Youth has been providing our alcohol & other drug education program to students, parents and teachers since 2000. We are the largest provider of school alcohol & other drug education to South Australian secondary students, educating over 22,000 young people, parents and teachers last year.

We aim to alert, inform, and empower young people to bring about safer, more meaningful celebration. We adopt a harm minimisation approach and encourage students to ‘look after themselves and their mates’. Our program aims to reduce and prevent alcohol and other drug-related harm among young people.

Why over 80 schools Chose Us Last Year


Established in 2000, our alcohol & other drug education program is the largest of its type in South Australia. Last year alone, we educated over 22,000 people.


Designed by registered teachers, our program is mapped to the Australian Curriculumand supports school’s pastoral care programs.


Our seminars are targeted to individual age groups but are also designed to build students’ knowledge each successive year. Our program takes a holistic approach involving students, teachers and parents.


Our program is kept up-to-date and accurate with the latest research. This keeps both our content and our presentation fresh and engaging. Over the past three years, 81% of schools re-booked our program.


We provide ongoing support to schools by keeping each school up-to-date with current research and by offering tailored advice and resources that are easily incorporated into regular health classes and pastoral care programs. We also produce fresh, engaging blog content on our website that teachers and schools can source freely.


When the Department of Education had a Drug Strategy Unit, we were the only alcohol & other drug education provider in SA to receive the unit’s endorsement. We continually consult with the government and non-government sector to ensure our program keeps pace with emerging evidence.

Serving Metro & Regional Schools Across South Australia

In addition to the many metro-based schools we serve, we travel to schools all across regional South Australia. We travel north to Leigh Creek, south to Mt Gambier, west to Ceduna and east to Bordertown to ensure that distance is not a barrier to receiving our evidence-based education.

Good News: We’re Here to Help!

Introducing our New Online Learning Platform

Despite the prevailing uncertainty facing many teachers and students, we have good news to share.

Our entire alcohol & other drug education program is now available online via our secure website platform.

Yes, whether your students are attending school or staying at home, you can offer them our engaging education program that is mapped to the Australian Curriculum and the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum.

A Comprehensive Education Program

  • WHAT'S THE DEAL?<br>Year 7

    Year 7

    As students look forward to their future years at high school, this seminar explores how students can begin to develop the character strengths and strategies to build their resilience and successfully navigate challenging social environments. [Read More]
  • REGARD THE RISKS<br>Year 8

    Year 8

    With a focus on how celebrations change during the teenage years, we encourage students and supply them with strategies to navigate those changes effectively and to make choices that are right for them. [Read More]
  • KNOW YOUR LIMITS<br>Year 9

    Year 9

    In a time when developing an identity is everything, we encourage young people to be part of the majority who make positive choices when socialising and celebrating. [Read More]

    Year 10

    The stats, the facts, the risks. This seminar provides the opportunity for young people to consider their own beliefs around drinking and compare these to young people Australia-wide. [Read More]
  • ALERT NOT ALARMED<br>Year 11

    Year 11

    With a focus on safety when celebrating, this seminar looks at what makes someone more vulnerable and what responsibilities one can take charge of to keep themselves and their mates safe. [Read More]
  • #ADULTING<br>Year 12

    Year 12

    As Year 12s approach adulthood, we continue to encourage them to make great choices and look after themselves and their mates. This seminar discusses the transition to adulthood and all the new responsibilities that entails. [Read More]

    Year 12

    The complete end-of-year celebration guide! Whether students are celebrating at Schoolies Festival™ or out of town, we discuss the law, what to pack, where to stay and how to get there safely. [Read More]
  • PARENT SEMINARS<br>Parents


    For parents of young people, the topics of alcohol & other drugs and parties can bring anxiety and fear. Our parent seminars equip parents with evidence-based strategies for talking to their young person about alcohol, legalities and duty-of-care when hosting a party, and preparing for events like Schoolies Festival™. [Read More]
  • TEACHER SEMINARS<br>Teachers


    This seminar informs teaching staff of the evidence base for many common approaches to drug education. Teachers are equipped with the latest research, trends and resources to support students in their community. [Read More]

Are you a regional school in South Australia? We’ve got some great news for you.

From 2018 to 2020, Encounter Youth is partnering with Variety – the Children’s Charity to offer our alcohol & other drug education program to regional schools in SA without the usual travel fee. This will make alcohol & other drug education more accessible for regional school communities in SA. Find out more here.


What Students & Teachers Are Saying

  • ★★★★★

    Great presenter, knowledgeable, relevant and non-judgemental, easy to approach and always delivers content in an engaging way, our students have really responded well … and they can be a tough crowd!”

    Teacher, Moonta Area School

  • ★★★★★

    Brilliant session and a fantastic and engaging presenter. Staff hated staying back for PD but left thanking us for organising it!!”

    Teacher, St Patrick’s Technical College

  • ★★★★★

    The presenter was very professional and spoke very clearly. They explained information in detail and shared examples that students could relate to. They also made students feel comfortable to engage in the activities and discussions.”

    Year 11 Coordinator, Eastern Fleurieu School

  • ★★★★★

    Brilliant presentation. Highly engaging and well spoken presenter. I could see the engagement in our students –  in particular those students who may be most at risk…. I always learn something new myself! Thank you!”

    Year 12 Coordinator, Seaton High School

  • ★★★★★

    The seminar was good because it was leading people in the right direction while not forcing them to do the right thing. I think the seminar was well-planned and really helped me grasp what really happens at parties and how to deal with the situations the best.”

    Year 9 student, Portside Christian College

  • ★★★★★

    If I ever did find myself in a ‘dangerous’ situation, I feel that I’d have more knowledge on how to approach it.”

    Year 11 student, Kildare College

  • ★★★★★

    I didn’t realise how long alcohol stayed in the system. As a P-plate driver, I now will wait longer before driving after a party.”

    Year 12 student, Eynesbury Senior College

Gold Partner Schools

Gold Partner Schools
Tumby Bay Area School
Gold Partner Schools
Saint Ignatius’ College
Gold Partner Schools
Findon High School

Find out More Today!

If you’d like to know more, we have a dedicated page for seminar information, for teachers, for parents and for young people. Simply click on your button of choice below.

If you have a question, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact form or call us directly on (08) 8179 0300.

We’d love to hear from you.