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KIP Education is delighted to present this exciting FREE progamme...

Boys & Girls Plus: A free educational programme for preventing the harms caused by alcohol and drugs

Boys and Girls Plus will provide teachers, youth workers and informal educators with a set of fully developed lessons and workshops based on the audiovisual content of the webseries “Boys and Girls”. Lessons and workshops will be usable modular and situation related. We plan for units of 45 to 90 minutes.
KIP Education has successfully been chosen to lead on this exciting project with Mentor. Mentor was part of a successful bid to the European Union to run a project called Boys and Girls PLUS, which began on 24th February, in partnership with several organisations across Europe including Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany and Austria. Building on the work of the original ‘Boys and Girls’ video web series (Boys and Girls 1), Boys and Girls PLUS aims to raise awareness in the field of drug prevention and its related risks among European young people, as well as provide youth educators with complementary tools to use in drug prevention programmes. Specifically Boys and Girls PLUS is aimed at promoting healthy living for young people.  

Ineffective prevention methodology

“Societies tend to make a small investment in prevention and, on average, they reap a small return.”
Drugs and Public Policy Group (2010), Drug Policy and the Public Good: a summary of the book. Addiction, 105: 1137–1145

The traditional perspective on prevention is that:
  • Emphasising the harms (health and social) will disincentivise use.
  • Young people given enough information will make rational decisions about their health.
  • One-off interventions are enough.
  • Prevention means school alcohol and drug education/posters/TV advertising.
The Boys and Girls PLUS programme recognises that not only do these traditional approaches have a limited and often counter-productive impact but also that one-off interventions are not enough.


Boys and Girls PLUS is aiming to collaborate with professional colleagues working in informal education settings and in schools to promote healthy lifestyles, in preventing the use of drugs and the associated risks. Leading organisations have already signed up to partner with us on Boys and Girls PLUS. Some of the reasons your organisation might want to join us include:
  • It is at the leading edge of best practice in working with young people around well-being, and managing risk in relation to drugs and alcohol
  • By working with us you will be helping to establish evidence based practice as the norm rather than the exception
  • You will be introducing a high quality programme into your school, community group or youth project
  • You will be enabling young people to build and sustain healthier futures
  • You will be recognised for your contribution to this exciting programme in the evaluation and supporting literature
  • You will be helping us to refine what works and build on best practice in protecting children and young people across Europe.


If you are a school, further education college, local authority, pupil referral unit, youth group, community group, students union or work with young people in another capacity, contact Charlotte Gordon or Louise Kent for further information about this opportunity. Download the summary pack here

KIP Education will train organisations who sign up to participate on conducting lessons and workshops using the Boys and Girls PLUS material. Through various social media outlets, Boys and Girls PLUS plans to reach informal educators, teachers, families, NGOs, public institutions and young people across Europe.

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Why ages 13 to 19?

There are more prevention programmes for pre-and early-adolescents (10-14) than older teenagers (16-19), mainly because of desire to reach young people before they start any risky behaviours. Past examples however have shown the need for booster interventions at a later age as well. The target age range therefore is 13-19 and upwards to 21, particularly for young people with special needs.  

Creating the evidence base

An essential part of the project will be an evaluation that will provide data about the effectiveness of social media-based prevention programmes supported by the tools we develop. Moreover, taking into account that we will implement the developed programme in different education settings, this evaluation will seek to understand if there are differences, as far as efficiency is concerned, between those settings. We expect that the research field, working on evidence-based prevention programmes, will benefit from our evaluation.

Tools and training

In addition, in order to facilitate the use of the educational tools, KIP Education & Boys and Girls Plus have developed and provide a comprehensive 
training programme for the project partners to deliver Boys and Girls Plus so you will be supported all the way.

What do we need from you?

Boys and Girls Plus will provide teachers, youth workers and informal educators with a set of fully developed 
lessons and workshops based on the audiovisual content of the webseries “Boys and Girls”. Lessons and workshops will be usable modular and situation related. We plan for units of 45 to 90 minutes.

We would like you to be an 
active part of this ground-breaking programme and pioneer it with your students or  with  the young people you work with for FREE. Express your interest in the training programme NOW

KIP Education is committed to providing the highest level of up-to-date information and guidance. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
I look forward to hearing from you
Best wishes
Louise Kent (Sales and Marketing)

Tel: 07956 300 453
Knowledge is power.

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