iparty

Date endorsed
17-Oct-2018

Contact details:
Ros Atkinson
Address Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc
62 Stewart Street

Suburb Devonport TAS
Postcode 7310
Phone 03 6423 6635
Email ros@yfcc.com.au
   
Program developer
Youth, Family & Community Connections staff
   
Facilitator requirements The iparty© package has been deliberately designed as a complete package -it can be delivered by any reasonable competent individual who has adequately studied the material and is eligible to work with children in schools. This approach increases the pool of potential facilitators, increasing the program accessibility allowing it to be delivered more broadly.

Minimum facilitator requirements:
• Approved to work in schools with children (for most adults this would be a Working with Vulnerable Children check, individual schools may also require a Good Character check)
• Current understanding of issues relevant to youth
• Group work skills – especially working with young people and including basic understanding of different learning styles
• A firm understanding of the material included in the package (additional research in topic areas would be a benefit)
• Understanding of local support services
   
Target group iparty© schools is a party safe program which has been developed specifically for year 10 students (aged 14-16 years) in Tasmania. The iparty© program aligns with the 2018–2021 Department of Education Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy: Safe, Well and Positive Learners, and the Tasmanian Child and Youth Wellbeing Framework within the context of external providers working in partnership with schools and the community to provide appropriate expertise to address and support the wellbeing needs of young students.
   
Is this program available for purchase?
Yes
   

iParty© schools program is an opportunity to remind and reinforce to young people both their rights and responsibilities relating to alcohol, drugs, sexual relationships, parties and the importance of looking after themselves at a time when many of them will be celebrating the end of junior high school, their transition to college or work, and the beginning of holidays and the end of year celebrations.

iparty® Schools is the usual format the program is delivered in. It is an interactive program formatted to be delivered over 2 double classes (1-hour 40 minutes duration + 10 minutes between classes = 1 hour 50 minutes) which is engaging while accommodating a range of learning styles, and incorporates static displays, discussion groups, demonstrations, and games /quizzes.

The combination of ‘expo’ style presentations and group work provide participants the opportunity to explore and learn within an interactive educational environment with professionals from local youth services.

Key elements of this model are:

  • two 50-minute session + 10 minutes evaluation (1hour 50 minutes) designed to fit into two normal class periods. (1x Double Period)
  • Approximately 50-60 (2 regular classes) participants per session. Number of students divided into 2 equal groups. (25-30 students)
  • Each group will complete 2 topics and move on to the next 2 topics
  • Requires one large room that can be divided into 2 areas or stations with desks and chairs arranged accordingly. (or two adjoining rooms)
  • This format is delivered by a minimum of 4 YFCC iparty® staff, with additional student supervision provided by class teachers.
  • All sessions are evaluated using a simple post session feedback form. these are collated after all of the programs have been delivered and reviewed by the ATOD Services team as part of the ongoing review and improvement cycle.

Multi -Session Format

The iparty program can also be delivered over 2-4 separate sessions each dealing with individual topics or combinations of topics by YFCC staff or by the regular class teacher who has thoroughly familiarised themselves with the information in this package.

Peer to Peer

The iparty© material can also be utilised to form the basis of a very effective peer to peer program with students using the package and possibly the expertise of YFCC staff to deliver a program which they can deliver to other classes within the school.

This model gives participants the opportunity to a range of useful develop skills including research, presentation and evaluation while working in groups helps them develop relationships, build negotiation skills, and teamwork.

 

 



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