Youth / College Programming

Key Messages

Today's youth are the first to grow up in a society in which  gambling is legalized and actively promoted, normalized and glamourized.

The Youth Gambling Awareness Program supports youth by providing accurate information about gambling and by facilitating a discussion of gambling issues that affect young people today.

The topic is gambling but the message is consistent with AODA programming for youth with a focus on decision making skills, coping strategies, asset development and critical thinking.

Research Shows

  • Adolescents report significant higher rates of problem gambling than adults,
  • Problem gamblers are significantly more likely to start gambling earlier in life than non-problem gamblers,
  • Gambling patterns begin as early as 8 years of age and can be established before an adolescent reaches high school.

Program Basics

Interactive, age appropriate presentations that are approximately 1 hour in length (flexible). Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Odds and Randomness
  • Definition of Gambling
  • Skill vs. Chance
  • Signs of Problem Gambling
  • Harm Reduction Strategies

Other services

In addition to presentations to schools and organizations that work with youth we also provide:

  • 24-Hour Helpline/Chatline
  • High School Educational Curriculum
  • Statewide Compulsive Gambling Conference
  • Training of Human Service Professionals
  • Mini-Grant
  • Public Awaress Programs

For more information about our program: outreach@wi-problemgamblers.org