MADD Canada’s school programs bring high-energy drug and alcohol awareness and risk reduction messaging to the world of education.
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. Need more information? Try the FAQ.
MADD Canada’s School Programs
Over the Edge, MADD Canada’s 2019-2020 School Assembly Program is a powerful dramatization about the tragic consequences of impaired driving. The video ends with testimonials from real-life victims who share their heartbreaking stories with the audience. MADD Canada’s School Assembly Program targets students in grades 7 through 12.
Weed Out the Risk (WOTR) is an interactive harm reduction program, developed by Springboard with additional content from and delivered by MADD Canada, which informs young people of the risks associated with using cannabis and driving. The program targets students in grades 9-12 and is delivered at high schools by trained facilitators one class at a time
SmartWheels is an elementary school program developed for students in grades 4 to 6 to educate them about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving. An RV has been retrofitted into an interactive mobile classroom that can accommodate up to 40 students from grades 4 to 6. The presentation is one hour long and is delivered by a MADD Canada Facilitator. On-screen video hosts introduce a short video that describes the effects of alcohol and cannabis on developing brains and bodies and discusses impaired driving consequences. Students use individual tablets to respond to questions to reinforce the material covered. Students also participate in three “choose your own adventure”-style decision-making scenarios using individual tablets. The outcome of each scenario depends on the student’s answers. The mobile classroom began operating in Ontario in the Fall of 2017. MADD Canada hopes to expand the program in other provinces in the future.
“Just an excellent and engaging program. The students really enjoyed it with so much active participation. Very interactive and state of the art technology got the students very excited and eager to learn. The questions were fabulous and very informative. Very good, detailed instruction from Harrison. He did a great job with the students. Students LOVED the real life experience using the VR goggles. Would highly recommend to any Grade 4-6 class. Thanks!” Weston Nesbitt, Forestview Public School (Niagara Falls) “The presentation was highly interactive and engaging for my students. The Virtual Reality experience, and sharing of story of those affected by impaired drivers was impactful. I am confident that this experience will shape my students positive and healthy decision making going forward in their lives.” V. Armstrong, Oscar Petersen Public School (Mississauga).
By clicking the link for Smart Wheels above, you can learn more about this proven-effective program for your school.
Brain Power, a classroom DVD program for students in grades 4-6, delivers messages about the brain and how alcohol affects it, the dangers of drinking and driving and protection from unsafe drivers. By clicking on the Brain Power link, you can view highlights of the video and learn how to order this program for your school.
Graduation and prom are times of celebration for Grade 12 students and their families. These events are often followed by the all-night after-party. Many of these all night parties are unsupervised and include alcohol and drug consumption which put teens at risk for all sorts of alcohol and drug related harms, including impaired driving. At MADD Canada, we believe that there is an alternative to risky parties that provides students with an exciting and memorable end to their high school years and will be a night to remember for years to come.
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