Alcohol & Other Drugs
TEACHER RESOURCES & SUPPORT
Encounter Youth is the largest provider of alcohol & other drug education to secondary students in SA and we always aim to provide relevant, research-based and up-to-date information and services to young people. To this end, we offer holistic school seminars and provide helpful teacher resources.
Our Educational Approach
Encounter Youth Education™ takes a positive and holistic approach. We come alongside and support a school’s existing drug education program. When our seminars are a part of a wider program, it makes both your school’s program and our presentations more effective and more likely to promote lasting changes in your school community.
The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (PDF) produced an excellent report that explored young people’s opinions on alcohol & other drug education. Among the findings, two things helped shape our approach. The research revealed that young people desire…
…drug education that was perceived to be balanced, ‘real’ and non-judgmental, with programs delivered by ‘outsiders’ (not teachers or those in positions of authority).”
…drug education that provided accurate information not skewed towards scare tactics to prevent young people from taking drugs.”
Supported by fact-based research, our approach focuses on the growing number of students across the country who are choosing not to drink alcohol or take other drugs. From this foundation, we address the realities that some students do drink at risky levels and others engage with drugs. We discuss strategies to reduce harm and to look after others if a night doesn’t go according to plan. Our approach is engaging and interactive yet void of scare tactics and sensationalism.
Young people should not be told off for being who they are … teenagers. They need honest, unbiased information without any hidden motives about the tough and often confusing choices they need to make. This is important when it comes to choices about Drugs and Alcohol. There is no better partner for this than Encounter Youth Education™.”
Our program is designed by registered teachers. Thus, it’s mapped to the Australian Curriculum and supports school’s pastoral care programs. We’re confident that our seminars will not only equip young people with important life skills but also add quality to a school’s educational offerings.
In addition to our seminars, we provide ongoing support to schools and teachers by keeping each school up-to-date with current research and trends. We also offer tailored advice and resources that can easily be incorporated into a school’s regular health classes and pastoral care programs.
We publish regular, engaging articles on our website’s blog that teachers can source freely. See below for some of the articles we recommend.
Recommended Articles from Our Education™ Blog
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For 20 years, Encounter Youth has been supporting South Australian high school students with effective, preventative alcohol & other drug education. Today Encounter Youth celebrates a significant milestone in this program, having educated over 200,000 students in the program’s history. Encounter Youth Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jess Morris said that strong partnerships with schools, a […]
COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the lives of people around the globe. From our day to day lives, to the way we work, both our and mental and physical health and our social interactions: COVID-19 has changed how we live. For some, it’s also changed the way they consume alcohol. There have been […]
Do you ever wonder what’s really going on in Australia when it comes to alcohol & other drugs? The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released its newest report on Alcohol & Other Drug use across Australia for 2019, the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS). In this survey, 22,274 Australians gave information […]
Support for regional and disadvantaged schools
From 2018 to 2020, Encounter Youth are partnering with Variety – the Children’s Charity to offer our program to regional schools in SA without the usual travel fee. This will make alcohol and other drug (AOD) education more accessible for regional school communities in SA.
Variety SA’s support also increases the accessibility of our program for disadvantaged schools through a subsidy of the seminar cost. This is aimed at encouraging schools with disadvantaged students to take a holistic approach to AOD education.
RAVES & REVIEWS
Students & Teachers
Highly informative and covered many elements of safety whilst also emphasising a balanced approach of having fun.”
Teacher, Sacred Heart 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