In the months of March and April, Centre staff delivered gambling prevention workshops at local elementary and high schools.
Once again, our Centre participated in the Partners in Prevention initiative, a collaborative partnership between the Lester B. Pearson School Board of Montreal (the largest English-language school board in Quebec) and Portage Adolescent Residential Rehabilitation Center (substance abuse rehabilitation center), Montreal Urban Police (SPVM), Risk within Reason, Pavillion Foster (substance abuse rehabilitation center), the Quebec Lung Association and the International Centre for Youth Gambling. Annually, the Partners host events aimed at Grade 5 and 6 students and their parents to promote healthy choices in an attempt to minimize adolescent risky behaviours and mitigate some concerns related to high school entrance. Our team participated in 3 evening presentations of the “Amazing Prevention Adventure” hosting an interactive station.
During this fun event, participants were divided into small groups and each group circulated through the partner stations every 15 minutes. For this event, the YGI team used our Gambling Jeopardy-style game. During play, in our booth, the children were divided into 2 teams and competed to answer gambling-related questions in categories such as Fact vs. Myth, Everyone Knows That, Against All Odds and Wild Card. The game format permits us to disseminate information and take home messages in a fun and engaging manner. We received tremendously positive feedback from the parents, children and organizers attending the event who commented that our game was innovative, interactive and fun.
We are honored to work with our tremendous partners who share a common goal of information dissemination and promote the importance of early prevention initiatives.