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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.

Our Alcohol & Other Drug education program is available in both in-person and online formats.

Our new Teacher Resource Room is now live!

This fantastic resource provides teachers and communities with effective tools, information and resources to support young people to make positive choices around alcohol and other drugs.

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 through our Teacher Resource Room, which provides effective tools, information and resources to support young people around alcohol & other drugs. For those wanting more, the member’s area of the Teacher Resource Room provides professional development for teachers aligned with the AITSL professional standards.


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. The program has been independently evaluated and we take a continuous quality improvement approach to align with emerging evidence.


Our in-person seminar program is highly interactive, providing structured activities where students are encouraged to express their questions, thoughts and opinions. This allows our presenters to provide students with credible and practical information about Alcohol & Other Drugs during each education seminar.


Our interactive student-focused and teacher-empowered online learning platform offers a flexible option for delivery of Alcohol & Other Drug education and consists of content, graphics, short videos and downloadable PDFs for each student to enjoy a comprehensive learning experience. This is the same research-based program we present ‘live’ to your students.

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!

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 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

Our entire program offering is available online or in-person.

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!”

Moonta Area School


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

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

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.