South Yorkshire secondary schools have been chosen to deliver an innovative new drugs and alcohol education programme inspired by the tragic death of singer Amy Winehouse,
The £4.3 million Lottery-funded project is also being rolled out in nine other areas by the Amy Winehouse Foundation and addiction charity Addaction.
The five year initiative titled The Resilience Programme for Schools was launched by staff and volunteers at the Barnsley Civic Theatre.
It will encourage pupils to talk freely and openly about their lives, and to people who are in recovery from their own problems with drugs and alcohol.
Volunteers who have personal experience of substance misuse will be trained to talk frankly about their life experience, and classroom workshops will focus on resilience, self-esteem, peer pressure and risk-taking behaviour.
Amy’s father Mitch said: “The programme really helps thousands of kids who need to talk about drugs, drink and other concerns in an honest and straight-talking way. This isn’t about ‘just say no’. It’s about understanding why kids feel they want to get drunk.”