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YAP Begins A New DAY

YAP Begins A New DAY

05 April 2011

Current research shows that the rate of drinking at harmful levels by 12-17 year olds has doubled in the past decade. Research undertaken by the Victorian Drug and Alcohol Prevention Council has found that 90% of young people have tried alcohol by age 15.

In 2010 Debbie Zauder, Youth Alcohol Project (YAP) Officer for the Jewish Community Council of Victoria led the YAP in the majority of Jewish schools in Victoria. According to Zauder this project confirms that, “Jewish youth have an alcohol problem equal to the general community”.

YAP aimed to educate and shed light on an issue that can affect all youthby facilitating informative discussions for Jewish students in Year 6 and forums for their parents.  Parents’ feedback confirmed the need to continue educating and offering support to Jewish students and their families.

In 2011, the YAP will address the issue of alcohol abuse facing Year 7 students by incorporating interactive methods in Drama Workshops.  These Drama Actioning Youth (DAY) Workshops have been created by Elinor Zetlin, the Creative Director of ‘Shine Brightly Speech & Drama’. Elinor explains, “The DAY Workshops aim to engage students through interactive, entertaining and educational activities and games. Our goals are to ensure students know where to find help and to make them comfortable to ask. We will provide students with the confidence to stand up against peer pressure to drink”.

DAY Workshops will be available to all Jewish schools in Melbourne from term 2. For further information please contact Debbie Zauder at dzauder@jccv.org.au

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