Kids Can! is a Health Canada funded program for all grade 6 students in the English Montreal School Board (EMSB). The program is a preventative effort that is geared towards informing youth about drugs, the risks that accompany drug use, and how they can resist pressure and engage in healthy decision-making and behaviours.
Students are encouraged to role-play responses to peer pressure, to understand media messages, and to integrate the information they need about drug use in order to make wise personal decisions. For more information on the Kids Can! program, please contact us .
About the Kids Can! Program
The Kids Can! program was designed as a response to the alarming rates of drug abuse amongst Quebec’s youth. Research suggests that children are being exposed to and experimenting with drugs at an earlier age, and a variety of literature demonstrates the importance of early intervention and preventative efforts in reducing adolescent substance abuse.
By administering the curriculum while children are still in elementary school, the goal is to equip them with the knowledge and tools they will need upon entry into high school. Students are encouraged to role-play responses to peer pressure, to understand media messages and to integrate the information they need about drug use to make wise personal decisions.
Over the next three years, all EMSB grade 6 students will have the opportunity to participate in the Kids Can! program. Their parents and teachers will receive manuals with resource information and discussion points to take their students through the 6-week program.
Click here to access the Kids Can! Manual
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Kids Can at Dante Elementary School, St. Leonard