Australian schools have started using a ground-breaking teaching resource that changes the way drug and alcohol issues are addressed among students, giving them the tools for informed discussion and evidence-based analysis of drug policies. Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack has been designed by Australia21, YoungA21 and the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation (ALDAF) to engage young people in a way that has never been done before in Australia.
There is perhaps no greater anguish than that of a parent who has witnessed their child suffer and die. But the grief is compounded when they see others go through the same preventable trauma and loss year after year, decade after decade, while governments ignore the evidence that could save the lives of their children.
Science communicator and entrepreneur Andy Barley has been appointed as an Honorary Youth Adviser, to help steer Australia21’s Board on youth engagement with public policy.
A Melbourne school has signed up to pilot Australia21’s Smarter About Drugs Conversation Pack to engage its students in open and informed discussions about illicit drugs and the policies that guide Australia’s response to them. In other developments this month, the Making the Future Work project has been awarded $10,000 grant, there’s been a major shift on PTSD and we give you a sneak preview of our soon-to-be released Algal Farming report.
A YoungA21 perspective on the future of work in an era of digital disruption and rising automation: the positives and negatives of a reduced working week.
Australia21 Directors reinforce the powerful case for comprehensive pill testing at public events and question Four Corners’ emphasis on extreme party drug taking behaviour in the ABC’s story ‘Dying to […]
In Canberra today (10th April), we have a Young Australia21 stall at the National Youth Week Expo in Garema Place – 4pm-8pm. Come by and say hello. We have some surprises in store, including a giant interactive box that you can submit your worries into (to be transformed into something beautiful) – and which you can also post your wishes on. We will also have some of our publications to give away by donation, and you can chat to us about our upcoming projects. Hope to see you there!
Amelia Gates has been appointed voluntary YA21 Coordinator. She will work with our youth wing to develop YA21 activities and programs. In the longer term her vision is to establish YA21 as a valid, vibrant and respected voice of young people in Australia. For more click on the YoungA21 tab.