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Encounter Youth has been providing our alcohol & other drug education program to students, parents and teachers since 2004. We are the largest provider of school alcohol & other drug education to South Australian secondary students, educating 20,000 young people and parents 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 70 schools Chose Us Last Year


Established in 2004, our alcohol & other drug education program is the largest of its type in South Australia. Last year alone, we educated nearly 20,000 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 a student’s knowledge each successive year. Our program adopts a whole-of-school 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, 79% 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 is 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.

A Comprehensive Education Program

  • 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]

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

  • ★★★★★

    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

  • ★★★★★

    Great interaction with students for engagement. Loved the fact that the seminar wasn’t telling the audience ‘what not to do’."

    Year 9 Coordinator, Marryatville High 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

Alcohol & Other Drug Education Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.8 based on 48 reviews
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Gold Partner Schools

  • Tumby Bay Area School
    Tumby Bay Area School
  • Saint Ignatius' College
    Saint Ignatius’ College
  • Findon High School, Gold Partner School
    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.