Education: Smart Choices

Carl Robertson, Program Manager

Mr. Robertson has over 15 years experience in the Training and Development field having served as the Training Manager in two for-profit organizations. He has held Senior Management positions in both the for-profit and not-for profit environments. Additionally, he has served as Employee Assistance Program coordinator conducting CISD interventions. He has been an adjunct faculty member of Penn State, York campus, teaching conversational Spanish for over 10 years. He has presented on problem gambling and youth problem gambling prevention at several national gambling conferences and throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

Our efforts include outreach programs for health care providers, the general public, faith based initiatives, EAP’s and multiples of community groups.

Youth Gambling Prevention Program

The Council has received a three year (2009 to 2012) pilot program grant from the Department of Health, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs (BDAP), for a youth problem gambling prevention program.

  • Research tells us that 80% of students between the ages of 12-17 have gambled for money in the past year.
  • Adolescent prevalence rates range between 4-8% with a serious gambling problem and another 10-15% of youth at risk for developing a gambling problem.

Smart Choices is a non-curriculum based program. The pilot structure provides for a classroom facilitator-lead program of 4 sessions. The intention of the program is to focus on the inherent risks of gambling and emphasizes positive decision making skills.

Smart Choices scope covers middle school to high school students with separate college level content.

Smart Choices is piloting the program during the months of February/March with several schools in the Philadelphia School District. Other schools are preparing for presentations beginning in March.

If you are interested in learning more about the Smart Choices program, please contact the Program Manager, Carl Robertson.

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