Through this process, participating youth gain knowledge and skills that empower them to understand, critically assess, and communicate those factors that place them and people in their communities at risk for underage and problem gambling. This approach places youth—particularly those who experience disparities and inequitable balances of power—at the center of community change.
Within the first year of the initiative, the project results included the following:
47 youth, 68 caregivers, and over 6,000 community members were reached.
Early evidence suggests that the project positively affected the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that serve as precursors to longer-term community-level change on the ultimate outcomes of interest, thereby increasing protective factors for problem gambling.
The project is poised to have a positive impact and become a replicable model for other states.
“…a lot of people are like this -thorny, rough on the outside, beautiful on the inside. You have to break down these barriers to get to the piece of the person…You should take the time to get to know people. You don’t always know a person’s story beneath the surface.”
Southeastern Regional Technical High School student, Highpoint Prevention Services
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing problems with gambling and need support, call 1.800.327.5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org to speak with a trained specialist. Specialists are available 24/7. Services are free, confidential, and available in multiple languages.