Young people hit the road for alcohol education

Dedicated: The new group of Keep it Safe peer educators. Picture: Supplied
Dedicated: The new group of Keep it Safe peer educators. Picture: Supplied

A group of dedicated young people will take to the streets this summer to help their peers stay safe when drinking.

The 15 young people are the new recruits for the Keep It Safe Peer Education project run by St George Youth Services.

The project sees peer educators speak to other young people aged between 12-25 about the risks so they make positive choices about alcohol, other drugs and their mental health.

The group is finalising their training before they hit the streets.

That includes shopping areas, parks, schools, festivals, sporting events and sports fields, public transport hubs and, beaches. 

Project Coordinator Nicole Scobie said thousands of young people have already benefitted from the program.

“Educational outreach activities are aimed to increase the positive health and wellbeing of young people, and decrease the harms related to drug and alcohol use in our community which can affect mental health, physical health and relationships with family and friends,’’ she said.

“Various research studies have shown that young people commonly seek information first from their peers, so peer education has a strong evidence base and high results.’’