Youth Engagement Programs
Youth engagement actively involves young people in addressing issues that affect them and that they believe are important. PAD’s youth engagement program packages and tool kits have been produced from specific projects where we have worked closely with youth partners and those who support them to develop the materials and evaluate the results. At the conclusion of the project we packaged the curriculum and support materials to allow others to follow through with similar programming. The following packages or tool kits can be implemented in their entirety or applied in part as works best with any specific audience or situation.
PASS It On
Peers, parties and Senior Students
PASS It On is a program for senior high school students to develop a health promotion campaign with their peers concerning parties and other social settings where alcohol and/or other drugs play a part. The program uses a “safer partying” approach with an overlay of social marketing strategies. It provides as step-by-step approach for helping the students identify the perceived key risks of alcohol or other drugs within their own student community, arrive at safety messages to address those risks, and develop a communications approach to promote those messages.
Young Women: Alcohol and Sexual Assault
One of the many risks youth consistently identify connected to underage drinking at parties is “sexual regrets”. What most teens don’t recognize is that some of these regrettable actions are actually instances of sexual assault. Taking Charge was developed for health professionals to support and inform young women about the risks of sexual assault associated with partying where alcohol is involved, have them identify strategies to reduce those risks and encourage friends, peers, professionals and parents to provide support to young women who feel they have been sexually assaulted or engaged in sexual behaviour that they regret. The program package has a curriculum and support materials for use with Girls Groups, school programs and other applications.
Hook Up to Breast Cancer Prevention
A program for young women concerned about breast health and those who support them
Hook Up aims to reduce the risks of breast cancer and increase breast health by assisting young women to develop healthy lifestyle patterns of healthy eating, increased physical activity and reduced alcohol consumption. There is strong evidence that these lifestyle factors are linked to risks for developing breast cancer later in life. Young women are making important decisions about their eating, drinking and physical activity habits as they enter the senior high school and post high school stage of their lives. The lifestyle choices they make can have important consequences for their long term health.
Young Moms to Young Moms
A youth engagement program that builds on the resiliency of young pregnant and parenting women.
YM² is for young pregnant and parenting women, ages 13 – 21. YM² aims to prevent drug misuse by increasing young women’s confidence and coping strategies and build on their knowledge of the possible adverse health and social effects of using alcohol and other drugs during this period of their lives. The program outlines a Peer Ambassador presentation, but can be used in other ways by health promoters, counsellors and teachers.
What’s with Weed… And you?
Why is youth engagement effective?
“When youth are engaged,they may experience many significant benefits. Researchers have found links between engagement and several different kinds of positive health outcomes, including decreased alcohol use, decreased marijuana and hard drug use, lower rates of school failure and drop-out, lower rates of sexual activity and pregnancy in girls, lower rates of anti-social and criminal behaviours, and lower rates of depression.” – Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement
To learn more about youth engagement, browse resources by UNICEF.