EduGrams are educational programs for young people that have an emphasis on harm minimisation, psychoeducation and prevention.

The single session programs comprise of one 45- 60 minute interactive workshop with young people, whereas the multi-session programs are typically longer an involve more than one workshop.

These programs were designed or chosen by Wyndham City Council Youth Services in response to feedback from Wyndham school staff about current issues and trends in young people. Single and Multi Session Programs below.

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Healthy Minds

Background
After consultation with schools within Wyndham, it was recognised that there is a need to further educate young people on basic skills and knowledge around self-care. The program focuses on mental health, self-care and local agencies that young people can seek support from.

Introduction
This program gives an overview of mental health, self-care and local support services. Discussions are facilitated by youth workers which aim to assist young people to become more aware of their mental health and the importance of self-care.

Key Learning and Objectives

  • Mental health awareness
  • Self-care strategies
  • Local Support Services

Workshop Outline

Participants: 10-15 Students

Facilitators: Wyndham City Council Youth Development Officers

Duration: 60 minutes

Location: Incursion – At School

Transport: NA

Cost: Free

Format

  • The session will be run for 45 minutes during the school term. School Welfare team are to discuss with Youth Services staff in regard to what day and time of the week are most suitable.
  • At the end of the program an evaluation form is to be completed by the young people to aid in the improvement and further development of the program.
  • The session is delivered by two youth workers utilizing a PowerPoint presentation to highlight key points and interactive activities to explore and practice developed skills around assertive communication.
  • Remember to check the website states that consecutive sessions can be booked

Confidentiality & Additional Support

Wyndham City Council is committed to providing a safe environment for young people and volunteers. Wyndham City Council recognizes that trust is essential for good youth work and is the foundation for all relationships within. Maintaining confidences is an integral part of building trust between young people, volunteers and the youth development officers and will be respected at all times, apart from where it conflicts with reporting child protection concerns. If youth development officers do hold any concerns the appropriate staff member of your school will be contacted as well as any services that may be required (including emergency services).

Sexual Health

Background

The Sexual Health & Safety Education Program was developed based on the results of a recent consultation with schools within Wyndham. Through this consultation it was identified that there is a need to further educate young people on the risks associated with sex, sexting and understanding consent. The program focuses on harm minimization, providing young people practical skills to keep themselves and those they are around safe.

Introduction

The Sexual Health & Safety Education Program provides an overview of sexual health, safe sexual practices, law of consent, cyber safety and the risks associated with sexting and meeting people online.

The program will highlight the resources and responsibility that young people have and can utilize to assert boundaries, maintain their own safety and support the safety of their friends. The program will provide practical tools and language that can be easily translated into a range of social situations they may face during adolescents.

Key Learning & Objectives

  • The aim of this Sexual Health & Safety Presentation is to equip young people with the knowledge, practical skills & language they require to keep themselves safe in all areas of sexual health. The topics covered are:
  • Sexual Health Education (Contraception, STI’s, Safety & Referral Pathways)
  • Sexting & The Law of Consent
  • Assertive Communication & Boundary Setting

Workshop Outline

Participants: Suitable for ages 12-18 years

Facilitators: 2 x Wyndham Youth Services Staff Members

Duration: 1x 45 minute sessions

Location: This program can be delivered in a school setting* or local youth space.
(*Specific room requirements can be discussed with Youth Services staff members)

Transport: Can be provided upon request

Cost: Free

Format

  • This presentation will run as a once off 45 minute session during the school term. School Welfare/School leadership are to discuss with Youth Services staff regarding what days and time of the week are most suitable. The presentation can be offered as a standalone education session or can be developed into a series alongside our other education presentations.
  • Students are referred to the Program via the Welfare Coordinators, Year Level Coordinators or other members of the school leadership, however student’s engagement must be voluntary.
  • At the completion of the presentation an evaluation for is to be completed by the young people to aid in the improvements of the program. 

Confidentiality & Additional Support

Wyndham City Council is committed to providing a safe environment for young people and volunteers. Wyndham City Council recognizes that trust is essential for good youth work and is the foundation for all relationships within. Maintaining confidences is an integral part of building trust between young people, volunteers and the youth development officers and will be respected at all times, apart from where it conflicts with reporting child protection concerns. If youth development officers do hold any concerns the appropriate staff member of your school will be contacted as well as any services that may be required (including emergency services).

Alcohol & Other Drugs Education

Background

After consultation with schools within Wyndham it was recognized that there is a need to further educate young people on the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs. The program focuses on harm minimization, providing young people practical skills to keep themselves and those they are around safe.

Introduction

This program gives an overview of drugs and effects of alcohol and other drugs. Discussions are facilitated by youth workers which aim to assist young people to become more assertive around peer pressure associated with these risk-taking behaviors through psychoeducation.

Key learning and Objectives

  • Alcohol and other drug awareness and education
  • Harm minimization skills around alcohol and other drugs
  • Where to access help/support

Workshop Outline

Participants: Classroom style, suitable for ages 12- 18 years

Facilitators: Wyndham City Council Youth Development Officers

Duration: 1 x 45 minute session

Location: This program can be delivered in a school setting* or local youth space.
(*Specific room requirements can be discussed with Youth Services staff members)

Transport: Can be provided upon request

Cost: Free

Format

  • The presentation will be run as a once of 45 minute session during the school term. School Welfare/School leadership are to discuss with Youth Services staff regarding what days and time of the week are most suitable. The presentation can be offered as a standalone education session or can be developed into a series alongside our other education presentations.
  • At the completion of the presentation an evaluation form is to be completed by the young people to aid in the improvement of the program.
  • The session is delivered by two youth workers utilizing a PowerPoint presentation to highlight key points. Interactive activities are used to explore and practice developed skills around assertive communication.

Confidentiality & Additional Support

Wyndham City Council is committed to providing a safe environment for young people and volunteers. Wyndham City Council recognizes that trust is essential for good youth work and is the foundation for all relationships within. Maintaining confidences is an integral part of building trust between young people, volunteers and the youth development officers and will be respected at all times, apart from where it conflicts with reporting child protection concerns. If youth development officers do hold any concerns the appropriate staff member of your school will be contacted as well as any services that may be required (including emergency services).

Sexuality & Gender

Background

The Sexuality & Gender Education Program was developed based on the results of a recent consultation with young people and schools within Wyndham. Through this consultation it was identified that there is a need to further educate young people about the experiences of young people who identify as GLBTIQ+ to reduce stigma and create a safer environment for learning.

Introduction 

The Sexuality & Gender Education Program provides insight into the experience of young people who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or anything other than cisgender and/or heterosexual. The intention of the program is to increase awareness and encourage a more inclusive and accepting school environment.

The program is framed by harm minimization, providing young people practical skills and language to challenge misconceptions and promote the celebration of diversity within the school and community. 

Key Learning & Objectives

  • Defining Sexuality & Gender
  • Understanding the impacts of bullying & discrimination
  • Developing inclusive language and practices

Workshop Outline

Participants: Suitable for ages 12-18 years

Facilitators: 2 x Wyndham Youth Services Staff Members

Duration: 1x 45 minute sessions

Location: This program can be delivered in a school setting* or local youth space.
(*Specific room requirements can be discussed with Youth Services staff members)

Transport: Can be provided upon request

Cost: Free

Format

  • This presentation will run as a once off 45 minute session during the school term. School Welfare/School leadership are to discuss with Youth Services staff regarding what days and time of the week are most suitable. The presentation can be offered as a standalone education session or can be developed into a series alongside our other education presentations.
  • Students are referred to the Program via the Welfare Coordinators, Year Level Coordinators or other members of the school leadership, however student’s engagement must be voluntary.
  • At the completion of the presentation an evaluation for is to be completed by the young people to aid in the improvements of the program. 

Confidentiality & Additional Support

Wyndham City Council is committed to providing a safe environment for young people and volunteers. Wyndham City Council recognizes that trust is essential for good youth work and is the foundation for all relationships within. Maintaining confidences is an integral part of building trust between young people, volunteers and the youth development officers and will be respected at all times, apart from where it conflicts with reporting child protection concerns. If youth development officers do hold any concerns the appropriate staff member of your school will be contacted as well as any services that may be required (including emergency services).

DRUMBEAT

Background

Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology and neurobiology to reconnect with ourselves and others. The name DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts. DRUMBEAT incorporates hand drumming, behavioral therapeutic principles and cognitive and dialectical elements to achieve positive outcomes. DRUMBEAT facilitates the social and emotional skills for healthy relationships and values.

https://www.holyoake.org.au/drumbeat/testimonials/

Introduction

The DRUMBEAT program aims to engage young people using music as the medium. The African drum is a perfect medium – it’s exciting (cool), it’s easy to play (reduces fear of failure), it’s powerful (demands attention), playing it is physical (releases tension) and it’s not too big to cart around. The drum has a magnetic attraction to young people and playing it with others is a very safe way of communicating. For many of the young people we work with the drum becomes an object of security and comfort.

Aims & Objectives

The DRUMBEAT program brings music back into the lives of young people and opens a new avenue for expression that is pro-social. DRUMBEAT develops persistence, patience and commitment. Evaluations of the program have shown that young people are more willing and able to engage in mainstream group activities upon completing the program; they have improved emotional regulation, feel more confident, less anxious and have a greater sense of belonging. These changes have been maintained for participants 12 months after completing the program.

Key Learning

The six sessions have a theme:

  • The Rhythm of Life
  • Relationships
  • Harmony
  • Identity and Community
  • Emotions & Feelings
  • Teamwork

The themes are used to draw attention to the experience of the drummers in the group and how those experiences relate to the way they interact with others more generally.

Workshop Outline

Participants: 10 to 12

Facilitators: Wyndham City Council Youth Development Officers

Duration: 6 to 8 weeks

Location: Incursion – At School

Transport: NA

Cost: Free

Format

The program is taught to groups from 10 – 12 participants for 6 to 8 weeks, for 1 hour each session and ends with a performance where teachers, wellbeing staff and parents/guardians are invited to attend.

  • The selected school wellbeing department will choose the appropriate students.
  • The drum beat facilitator will meet the chosen group before the session starts to meet and greet, explain the program and discuss expectations with young people. The students will need to have a program enrolment
  • An evaluation form will be completed for feedback pre-program as well as post program.

Protocols

  • It is expected that participants attend all sessions.
  • New participants cannot enter the program, as group guidelines, new drum patterns, and group dynamics have been established.
  • It is an expectation for the same wellbeing worker or teacher to attend and participate in every session with the drum beat facilitator, however if a wellbeing worker is not available for the 6 sessions, a casual youth worker can be organised.

Confidentiality & Additional Support

The drum beat program does encourage young people to share their personal opinions and life experiences. Due to the nature of the program Information shared is kept private and confidential, however if a young person does raise an issue that may harm themselves or others than the wellbeing officer or Youth Development Officer will have to disclose this information to the appropriate staff member or emergency Services. Young people do have access to the facilitator or wellbeing officer for additional support however, this will organised outside of the program. 

Outcomes

There is extensive research in the delivery of Drumbeat Program. Please refer to following link for more information

https://www.holyoake.org.au/files//DRUMBEAT/DRUMBEAT%20Research%20summary.pdf

Teen Mental Health First Aid

Background

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received, or the crisis resolves. Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and conducted by accredited MHFA Instructors across Australia.

Introduction 

The 3.5-hour teen MHFA Course teaches high school students in years 7-12, how to provide mental health first aid to their friends. The course was developed in response to research indicating that young people have a preference for sharing problems with peers. The course curriculum is based on a study undertaken to determine the best actions a young person can undertake to support a peer with a mental health problem.

Key Learning & Objectives

  • How to support a friend struggling with mental health concerns or crises
  • General knowledge about mental health problems & mental health crises
  • The importance of connecting with a responsible adult

Workshop Outline

Participants: Suitable for ages 12-18 years

Facilitators: 1 x Wyndham Youth Services Staff Members

Duration: 3x 90 minute sessions

Location: This program can be delivered in a school setting* or local youth space.
(*Specific room requirements can be discussed with Youth Services staff members)

Transport: Can be provided upon request

Cost: Free

Format

  • This presentation will run for 3 x 90 minute session during the school term. School Welfare/School leadership are to discuss with Youth Services staff in regard to what days and time of the week are most suitable.
  • The program must be delivered to all students in the specified year level (students not wanting to do the program must voluntarily opt out).
  • At the completion of the presentation an evaluation for is to be completed by the young people to provide feedback on the program. 

Confidentiality & Additional Support

Wyndham City Council is committed to providing a safe environment for young people and volunteers. Wyndham City Council recognizes that trust is essential for good youth work and is the foundation for all relationships within. Maintaining confidences is an integral part of building trust between young people, volunteers and the youth development officers and will be respected at all times, apart from where it conflicts with reporting child protection concerns. If youth development officers do hold any concerns the appropriate staff member of your school will be contacted as well as any services that may be required (including emergency services).

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