WCPG Outreach Program
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Hello from the WCPG's Outreach Coordinator!
This fall has been very busy for the outreach program. In the
month of October, we presented to 5 schools which included almost
900 students! November 2016 is on track to be our busiest month
EVER; expecting to reach almost 1,100 students!
You might be wondering, "Why do students really need to learn
about problem gambling? Aren't they too young to participate?" Over
the past 2 years, I have asked students in the classrooms I visit,
"how many of you have placed a bet?" The majority of students
report participation in some type of gambling. The most common
forms of gambling reported are lottery tickets, raffles, poker,
fantasy sports, and personal wagers. Our youth ARE gambling.
We teach our teenagers and young adults about the risks
associated with drugs and alcohol, but often, we do not think about
educating them about the risk of problem gambling. Left untreated
the end result of any addiction can lead to prison, insanity, or
death. This can be true of alcohol, drugs, AND gambling.
The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling offers classroom
presentations FREE to schools in Wisconsin. These presentations can
be tailored to fit the specific needs of your classroom.
Presentations are interactive and FUN! If you have questions about
our programming options, or would like to schedule a presentation
for your classroom, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org