On October 10, the Federal Government annoucing funding for three different projects aimed at creating awareness about cannabis use among youth. One of those projects was SOAR: The Culture Shift Project from our Youth Services.
SOAR will help young people from different cultural backgrounds understand the risks and potential problems with using cannabis. At the heart of the program is the use of youth Peer Leaders.
Bridget Sinclair, our Director of Community Services, spoke about SOAR. "The Project is responding to the identified need for culturally specific peer led interventions that address the harms associated with early and regular cannabis, and prescription drug use as coping mechanisms among youth. Led by a team of trained and supported Peer leaders with lived experience, this initiative will engage youth to creatively explore their own risk factors and co-create alternative coping strategies. This initiative will result in youth being better equipped with the knowledge and skills to make the best informed choices for themselves and their health, and will result in a community of health for youth to seek support.”
You can read the Government's release here.