Agility Grant: Volunteers of America Oregon was the recipient of a $40,000 Agility Grant from the National Council on Problem Gambling this past fall. The grant is intended to support the development of a Peer Driven Problem Gambling Prevention Campaign that is directed toward student-athletes of high school and college age.
American Volunteers Oregon Receives An Agility Grant
This project will focus on preventing problem gambling among student-athletes in high schools and colleges as well as raising awareness about the issue of problem gambling.
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The experts at VOA Oregon will conduct interviews and focus groups with student-athletes in order to learn more about their exposure to gambling, attitudes regarding gambling, gambling behaviors, and the different types of gambling and gambling messaging that are prevalent in the student athletes’ local community.
“Problem gambling is often referred to as a ‘hidden addiction’ due to the lack of awareness about this issue as well as the fact that signs and symptoms can be subtle and hard to recognize,” explains Anna Bledsoe, program director for VOA Oregon’s Prevention Services.
“This is a result of both the lack of awareness about this issue as well as the fact that signs and symptoms can be difficult to recognize.” “Two groups of people, young adults, and student-athletes are at an elevated risk of developing gambling issues.
These populations are at a higher risk for developing gambling problems, and with the help of this project, we hope to raise awareness about the various types of gambling as well as problem gambling. It is imperative that the voices of student-athletes be included in the development of training materials, workshops, and resources because of their one-of-a-kind perspective on issues relating to sports betting and problem gambling among student-athletes.
The funds will support the development of a Peer Driven Problem Gambling Prevention Campaign targeting high school and college-age student athleteshttps://t.co/JYdgbdDrj1
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It will ensure relevance and strengthen the impact of our work around this important issue.
According to Kay Toran, a resident of Oregon and the CEO of VOA Oregon, “Data suggests that gambling addiction is on the rise.” “Investing resources in prevention is a prudent use of one’s capital.
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It has been demonstrated that peers are more effective than adults in communicating prevention-oriented messages.
We are pleased to have the endorsement of the National Council on Problem Gambling and to be at the forefront of this initiative.
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