Odds on Youth capacity building program

Odds on Youth, is a capacity building program for youth organisations to reduce gambling harm among young people who access their services.

The program involves three stages:

  1. A one day gambling harm education workshop to increase the knowledge and skills of youth workers to address gambling harm.
  2. Engagement with a Gambling Help counselling service.
  3. Grants of up to $60,000 for the participating youth organisations to implement their own gambling harm prevention intervention for young people who access their services.

The first round of the program took place in the Inner West of Sydney in September 2019. Funding for five local gambling harm prevention interventions has been awarded to the following organisations:

Service

Intervention

Amount

Glebe Youth Service

Hip Hop- Gambling Stop

An eight week program for young people who access Glebe Youth Service. It will include three weeks of gambling harm minimisation workshops and five weeks of writing and recording a Hip Hop song.

$9,968

headspace Ashfield

The Longer You Play the More You Lose

A series of psychoeducation and harm-minimisation workshops for Inner West high school students aged 15-17 and Inner West young people aged 16-25 who are at risk of homelessness.

$11,000

Marrickville Youth Resource Centre

Safe Bet on Strengthening Youth, Families & Communities

Marrickville Youth Resource Centre will work with Western Sydney University and Christian Community Aid to deliver workshops on the precursors to adolescent gambling problems as well as hosting community screen-free events. Participants will then be invited to join the Strengthening Families Program, a 12 week, evidence-based program on parenting skills, children’s life skills and family skills. The intervention will target young people aged 12-17 and their parents or guardians.

$60,000

Mission Australia

Odds on Youth Early Intervention Program

This program for young people aged 15-24 in the Canterbury Bankstown area has three streams:

  • Information days and small group sessions for students at six high schools.
  • Workshops for homeless young people who access crisis support services.
  • Five community events aligned with other awareness days such as R U OK day and Youth week.

$67,485

Youth off the Streets

Youth off the Streets (YOTS) Gambling Intervention

This intervention involves a review and evaluation of YOTS intake procedures to determine whether gambling is a risk factor as well as workshops in their specialist homeless service in the Inner West of Sydney, their drug and alcohol centre at Marylands and a workshop through their Links to Learning program.

$36,500

Odds on Youth was rolled out in the South West Sydney area in March 2020. Here's a short video about the workshop.

For more information please contact us.

Talking with Teens program

This program was aimed at engaging young people in the years immediately before and after leaving school and had a preventative focus to equip young people to make sensible choices as they become more exposed to gambling.

Early intervention was provided through education, awareness and support from parents, teachers, carers and role models to encourage young people to make informed choices about gambling and to be aware of support services if they were to develop issues with their gambling.

The program was delivered through videos, Facebook and email, supported by lesson plans, workshops and seminars delivered at TAFE, Universities and to school counsellors.

Talking with Teens about Gambling Video Series was also developed to encourage young people to make informed decisions about gambling. Topics covered tipping and the odds of gambling. You can access each of the videos by clicking the links below.

Resources 

These resources can support conversations with young people about gambling:

For teachers:
Responsible Gambling Lesson Plans, covering the risks and costs of gambling, sports betting advertising, online & smart phone betting and seeking help. Read the ‘What you need to know’ factsheet before accessing the lesson plans.

The ‘Don’t Bet on It’ series:

We also have social media assets for ‘Don’t Bet on It’. Please contact us for access to these.

For parents and carers:
A Talking to Teens about Gambling guide for parents and carers.