The Youth Alcohol Project (YAP)
The Youth Alcohol Project (YAP) is an educational prevention program aimed to reduce underage drinking in the Victorian Jewish community. Based on persuasive anecdotal evidence, that 12 and 13-year old are exposed to alcohol in private social settings including bar/bat mitzvahs, it is JCCV’s view that proactive education and awareness - to alcohol issues, can lead to a reduction in binge drinking and related risky behaviour in the following few years.
Since YAP was initiated in 2009 with a seeding grant from the Government, the JCCV have been working on developing a structured educational program that focuses on both students and parents.
Based on harm minimisation principles, the program has been developed in collaboration with drug and alcohol experts, educators and medical practitioners. Initially focused on year 6 level ‘pre bar/bat mitzvah’ aged students and their parents but has since evolved and expanded:
YAP is involved across a broad spectrum of schools and year levels including Mount Scopus Memorial College, Bialik College, Sholem Aleichem College, King David School, Beth Rivkah Ladies College and Leibler Yavneh College.