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Children spread anti-drug word

Date posted: 8 February 2018

A Mildura Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) initiative is building young people’s confidence to make safe life choices in Mildura, Victoria.

Twelve Mildura Primary School students were the first to take part in the program, designed to protect them and their peers from the risks of alcohol and drug problems in the future. MAC’s Raelene Stephens said it was important to address the issue early in life and give them the strength and courage to say no.

'You need to get to them before they slip into the bad habits and before they have those influences. Because drugs are out there, they’re going to be offered drugs and I think they need to be able to make the right choices and advise their friends of the same,' she said.

Ms Stephens said the school chose the pilot group members based on their leadership potential. She said they would spread the messages learned over the five-week program to their classmates and help discourage them from trying drugs.

'It’s been wonderful to see growing self-assurance in the children who’ve been involved. There’s a real mix of children from various backgrounds, some Aboriginal, some non-Aboriginal, but right across the board we have noticed a positive change,' she said.

Source: Sunraysia Daily

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Last updated: 8 February 2018
 
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