Partnering with educators, delivering targeted prevention strategies to reduce the damage occurring in communities due to the drug methamphetamine (ice). With commitment and vision from the start, D-FORCE has become an innovative program educate young people to protect themselves and their friends.
In the initial trial, students from participating schools made a board game to ‘defend their friends’ from the drug ice.
WIN NEWS 14 Feb 2019
Working together to build healthy communities for our young people.
Victoria Police, Monivae College, Hamilton Alexandra College, RMIT, a child Psychologist, Boojum, Robot Circus, South West Community Foundation and Southern Grampians Shire Council.
The D-Force program was initially co-designed and trialled in consultation with schools.
We worked with students from three schools to develop an approach that engages kids in understanding the facts about the drug methamphetamine, knowing how to seek help, and how to defend their friends.
The outputs of the co-design workshops were given to Robot Circus, a professional educational games development company, who worked the ideas into a rich, thought-provoking, interactive game.
The learning materials are now available online. Schools can sign-up for access to the program.
Students learn about behaviour, addiction and of the dangers of the drug methamphetamine. Through the activities, students build their ability to make healthy choices to defend themselves & their friends from harm.
Evidence of students’ learning (pre & post learning surveys)
In both the pre & post-learning survey, students are asked the question “How easy do you think it is to become addicted to the drug
In the Pre-learning surveys, an average of 50% of students agreed with the statement “You can become addicted to Ice after one use.” At the post-learning survey, the number of students who agreed with the statement “You can become addicted to Ice after one use” rose to 86%.
RMIT Helen and Geoff Handbury Fellowship Program Award for outstanding innovation, contribution and commitment.
18 sponsors committed to contributing to the success of the program.
The D-Force program has attracted a lot of interest from individuals, groups and organisations investing in healthier futures for young people and communities.
D-Force exists thanks to the commitment and generosity of our sponsors. Become a D-Force sponsor.