Our Youth Ambassador programme/peer mentor programme plays a big role in helping others make better life choices in the future.
BUT What does a Youth Ambassador do?
- Raise awareness of the dangers of substance misuse (including new drugs/legal highs) to young people and provide vital harm reduction messages in an educational settings to reduce risky behaviour.
- Help to develop lesson plans for PSHE lessons to ensure on-going intervention throughout the year, building knowledge for young people.
- Help to facilitate resilience workshops, which are encompassed into programme to enhance development.
- Engage with parents to help them understand the dangers of substance misuse and feel comfortable having conversations with their children
- Work with designated teachers to ensure they feel confident in tackling substance misuse and support those that require help.
- Develop resources for young people on substance misuse
- Ensure our services are current and relevant, keeping up to date with the latest trends in substance abuse and trends.
- Dispelling the myths and be ‘street’
- Work with a wide range of agencies to ensure sign posting to local services for specialist on-going long term support for substance misuse.
- Continual research and evaluations on the project, including questionnaires to evidence behavioural and thought change in young people.
- Hold ‘Street aware’ stalls to reach out to the community to raise awareness to all.
Why be a Youth Ambassador?
- Drug misuse can destroy lives, individuals and their families, lets prevent this
- It’s a chance to meet new people and engage in new activities It’s important to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs to enable people to make safer choices.
- You get to go on team building trips, gain OCN qualifications for the future and it shows community involvement on UCAS applications or CV's
- You can promote community inclusion and improve chances for young people and their families
- Your voice gets to be heard and you have a chance to shape the future.
- You can help save lives