Encounter Youth and Variety, the Children’s Charity of South Australia have announced a new 3-year partnership aimed at providing comprehensive alcohol & other drug education to regional and disadvantaged schools across South Australia.
Variety SA, the Children’s Charity, will provide $225,000 in funding over the next three years to support Encounter Youth in delivering its evidence-based alcohol & other drug program, Empower Education.
Nigel Knowles, CEO of Encounter Youth said, “In Australian culture, every young person will need to navigate alcohol & other drugs at some point in their life.
“Empower Education equips students with the skills to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing, and the strategies they need to look after themselves and their mates.”
Mark McGill, CEO of Variety SA, said, “Variety SA is proud to support Encounter Youth in its mission to help young people in South Australia.
“This partnership aligns with our goal of improving the lives of children and young people, particularly those in regional and disadvantaged areas.
“We believe that together we can make a real difference in reducing the harm caused by alcohol & other drugs and help young people in South Australia to lead healthy, happy lives.”
The partnership will provide funding for Encounter Youth to develop and deliver a range of evidence-based programs, including education on vaping, to schools across South Australia, as well as offering training and support to teachers, students, and parents.
“With the support of Variety SA, we will be able to reach even more young people in regional and disadvantaged areas and make a real impact in reducing the harm caused by alcohol & other drugs.” Mr Knowles said.