THE SAMMY D FOUNDATION PROVIDES BULLYING AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, SPORTING CLUBS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS.‘
The life of Adelaide teenager, Sam Davis, was tragically cut short in 2008. Whilst attending a party, Sam became a victim of a violent and unprovoked one-punch assault. Sam’s family established the Sammy D Foundation in his memory.
Over the past decade, the Sammy D Foundation has developed three prevention programs that aim to change the attitudes of youth towards bullying, violence, and alcohol and drug fuelled violence.
The age-appropriate programs, for years 5 – 12, provide young people with strategies to keep themselves and their mates safe while still enjoying their life journey.
These inspiring and highly effective programs are presented by Sam’s father Neil and a team of passionate facilitators to schools, sporting clubs and community groups.
The programs, which are internally and externally evaluated, really do make a difference. In fact, 89% of people who hear the presentation walk away from a violent situation the next time that they come up against one. An enormous 98% of participants are made more aware of the risks associated with drug and alcohol misuse.
The She Digital team saw the presentation impact firsthand; the students we completely transfixed and engaged.
To date, the Sammy D Foundation has spoken with over 120,000 participants. If your school has not incorporated these programs, it’s time to ask why. The Foundation could be the difference in keeping the young people in your life safe.
The Sammy D Foundation program booklet covers the three program packages:
BULLYING PREVENTION – YEARS 5, 6 & 7.
Aimed at changing students’ attitudes towards bullying and giving them strategies to keep themselves and their mates safe. The students will hear Sam’s story, participate in a values walk and group workshops.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION – YEARS 8 & 10.
Aimed at changing students’ attitudes towards resorting to violence and bullying, and giving them strategies to keep themselves and their mates safe. The students will hear Sam’s story, participate in a values walk and group workshops.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG EDUCATION – YEARS 8 TO 12.
This program takes a harm minimisation approach to alcohol and other drugs, empowering young people by helping them to understand the effect of drugs and other drugs, as well as the risks of substance misuse.
The students will hear Sam’s story, participate in an interactive alcohol and other drugs presentation, as well as group workshops.
Programs can be tailored to suit your school, sporting club or community group; reasons for this may be in response to a recent incident or in preparation for schoolies celebrations.
The Sammy D Foundation has received funding from the Department of Education to deliver a limited number of subsidised programs to South Australian schools during 2018 – 2020.
A booklet outlining the programs on offer and how schools can access the subsidised prices is being distributed to all schools in the near future. An online version is available here.
The Sammy D Foundation ensures that Sam’s legacy is one of mateship; calling on people to look out for one another and to have your friends by your side throughout out your life.
The Sammy D Foundation is now taking bookings for 2020, to book a presentation please contact the team at sammydfoundation.org.au