About Putting Youth in the Picture
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Putting Youth in the Picture is a unique educational program that has been developed in regional Queensland to help communities deal with issues confronting youth. This program uses a series of authentic but confronting movie scenarios to show how young people can become involved in life altering incidents as a result of poor decision making. The issues presented and discussed include sexual assault, a bar-room fight, use of illegal recreational drugs, binge drinking and underage drinking at a party featuring all of these behaviours.
The program was created by solicitors Adair Donaldson and Peter Shannon after years of seeing youth involved in life changing situations. Using their knowledge and experience Adair and Peter believe they can make young people more responsible for their own actions by becoming more aware of the pitfalls and developing strategies to deal with them. The result is ‘Putting Youth in the Picture’ which was launched in 2007 and immediately drew interest. Four years later the resource is being used in more than 200 schools across Australia, as well as several Universities, and by the NRL.