Youth and school programming have been a key component of MADD Canada’s youth services, education and awareness initiatives since 1994. The programs are designed to communicate directly with young people on their level and in their language and encourage them to take a closer look at their values and perceptions.
For four years Rudy has lived with the trauma, guilt and depression of having lost his sister in a tragic crash. Today, on his graduation day, and the anniversary of his sister’s death, he recounts the day that changed his life forever. Told in a way that reflects the current reality students in 2020 are facing, the story unfolds in compelling flashbacks. Rudy searches to find some kind of peace with his loss, and to fulfill a wish that he and his sister shared.
Aren’t Students in Grades 7 and 8 Too Young?
Although grade 7 and 8 students are not yet driving or may not yet be experimenting with alcohol or drugs, we know that educating students at a young age helps them develop the necessary skills required to make important decisions when the time comes. Some students may already be exposed to being a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who is impaired or have been in situations where they were around drugs and alcohol.
We want these students to know their options before they are faced with actually making the choice to drive impaired or get in the car with someone who is impaired. We want them to know that being a passenger with an impaired driver is equally as dangerous as driving impaired. This is a critical point in students’ lives where they are becoming more independent and are at a stage where they can be easily influenced, impressionable and vulnerable. Our program guides them ad gives them the tools that will prepare them for making smart and responsible choices before they enter high school.
(Cross Canada Report on Student Alcohol and Drug Use, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, 2011)
For more information about cost, availability or to book an in class or online presentation please call MADD Canada at:
1-800-665-6233 / Toronto area: 905-829-8805
(please see below for the representative for your Region):
Eastern, South and Central Ontario
Charlene Goodwin, ext. 232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Ontario, Quebec & Manitoba
Annie LeBel ext. 234, or email email@example.com
Gisèle Franck, ext 244, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Canada (BC, AB, SK)
Laura Hull, ext 233, or email email@example.com
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