Taking into account the school’s current policies and procedures, AFM’s policy development consultation process will help guide the school through the steps necessary to develop a successful alcohol and drugs policy or enhance an existing one. AFM endorses a student assistance model approach that works to prevent alcohol, drug or gambling issues and to recognize and address them when they do occur.
Workshops / Presentations
AFM staff will develop and deliver workshops on alcohol, drugs and/or gambling that are tailored to meet the needs of students. AFM is also pleased to offer workshops for school staff involved in the process of developing a Student Assistance Program.
It’s Your Luck Day
It’s Your Luck Day is one of AFM’s gambling programs for schools. It is given on-site in schools by AFM staff. This multimedia gambling education and awareness program was developed for middle years students and delivered in the classroom by AFM staff. The goals are to provide factual and reliable information to students and to prevent possible harm from gambling. This fun one-hour session fits with the middle years school curriculum. Students are encouraged to explore such areas as risk taking, decision making, coping skills, problem solving, randomness and odds. Learning points include:
- Definition of gambling
- Myths related to gambling
- How gambling works
- Signs of problem gambling
- Information on AFM’s gambling services
Youth Gambling Facts
Youth Gambling Facts is one of AFM’s gambling programs for schools. It is given on-site in schools by AFM staff and provides Manitoba secondary school students with information about gambling that may assist participants to make healthy and informed decisions about gambling. During this interactive session, students will learn:
- How gambling works, including concepts such as house advantage,
- Randomness and intermittent reinforcement
- What makes gambling attractive
- What happens when gambling becomes a problem and why people get into trouble with it
- Strategies for staying safe with gambling, if someone chooses to gamble
- Where to get help for gambling problems
AFM offers information sessions for teachers, counsellors, and/or support staff and parents. These sessions provide participants with valuable up-to-date information to help them be effective in their prevention efforts and intervention with students.