Over the last year we piloted our program in 2 Schools in Cork and the results speak for themselves. Over 170 students participated and here are just some of our finding:
• There has been an increase in those who disagree with the statement "Drugs and alcohol can be fun and are only taken at parties".
• Increase recorded in the danger perception of Cocaine, Ecstasy and Headshop Drugs with headshop drugs noting the largest increase.
• Trust in parents, teachers, other adults and online sources register an uplift in terms of looking to know more about drugs and alcohol. The uplift for online sources may also be attributed to the increase in awareness of Alex's Adventure Website.
• With "friends" not registering an uplift in terms of trusted source for information about drugs and alcohol, the program may have increased the trust in advice from adults but not peers.
• The program has made people more informed of issues around drugs and alcohol, while also increasing confidence in discussing these issues.
It is very positive to see such a high level of advocacy for the program. The students spoke and had their say and we listened and so we created the “Build your own ED-venture” which allows both the students and the teachers as well as various community groups to dictate what the program contains and how it’s delivered.
We have many repeat schools and communities all year round as well as some new schools signing up every academic year. Have a look at some of our testimonials
The students said that Nicole's talk was the best talk they had ever attended, ever. - King's Hospital, Dublin.
Nicole has done nothing but tremendous work. By visiting different schools around Ireland, she is leading the way in educating young people about drug related issues in a progressive manner. It was also refreshing to hear a different and more progressive take on drug usage and issues surrounding it. - UCC SSDP.
My son attended one of your talks at our local youth club, he was so thankful and it was so engaging that he felt valued and not talked down to or patronized. He even came home and told his older brother about what he had learned, thank you. - Parent from a Foroige Youth Club.
I had the opportunity to listen to your talk twice and they give such eyeopeners to young people as I know a few people who tend to go down the road of drugs and have stopped because of your talk. I just want to say thank you. - Pupil, Colaise Treasa, Kanturk.