YMCA of Greater Toronto
Join the conversation about the opioid crisis with the Youth Opioid Awareness Program.
The program aligns with the health and physical education curriculum for grades 9 to 12 in Ontario, Newfoundland & Labrador, and British Columbia.
Learn about opioids, prevention, recovery and how you can help protect yourself and your community. Offering interactive and engaging workshops, the YOAP aims to increase awareness about opioids in youth ages 15–24 via harm reduction in an enjoyable way through activities such as escape rooms, crafts, and more. The program offers workshop sessions that maintain full confidentiality and are available in person and online.
Discover what opioids are, how the opioid crisis came to be and why they pose a threat to our communities. Recognize the signs of opioid overdose, learn how to practise safe using, get coping and harm reduction strategies, and find out how to get support.
Discover the truth about the increasing number of deaths from opioid overdoses. Learn about the different types of toxic drugs, where they come from and their effects. Understand the dangers of mixing substances with opioids. Learn about how to protect yourself from overdosing.
Discover the real reason addiction happens. Understand the signs and symptoms of addiction and how opioids differ from other substances in this disease. Learn about the signs of withdrawal and how to support your recovery and treatment, and protect yourself against Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).
Discover how to communicate with a person suffering from a substance use disorder. Learn the signs of substance abuse disorder and how to offer support. Learn about how to start and maintain recovery and how to overcome common barriers to recovery. Understand how to support a person who struggles with a substance abuse disorder.
Discover the signs of an opioid overdose and what increases the risk of overdosing. Learn about naloxone and its effects on your body. Be prepared to respond to an overdose by learning the steps to using a naloxone kit and about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.
Discover how stigma can affect the path to recovery of a person who uses. Learn the definition and examples of stigma and how it relates to Opioid Use Disorder. Learn how to manage and end the stigma around opioids and how to be aware of your own attitudes, stereotypes and beliefs about opioid use.
Save the date! Easily register with the calendar below and add the workshop to your personal calendar. The YOAP respects privacy. No sign-up is required for the “Let’s Talk” or “Let’s Discuss” sessions.
Are you a teacher or a counsellor and interested in having us host a workshop? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about our workshop sessions and how they can be adapted to your group of youth. Questions? Contact us at email@example.com