Youth

We have youth-specific initiatives to help young people make informed decisions with their money and understand risk factors surrounding gambling.

Teens Know Your Limits is a website designed by teens for teens who are interested in learning about gambling disorder. Some features of the website include: how to help others, interactive games and quizzes, links to the Council’s social media sites, and sections for educating parents and teachers.

Ways you can teach about gambling disorder at your school:

Real Life 101

Creative Activities for Probability and Statistics (CAPS) is a free12-session curriculum developed by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling for use in classrooms and after-school programs.

CAPS has been successfully implemented for youth in grades 3-10 and is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Standards for grades 7-8.

The curriculum:

  • Reinforces math concepts through creative, movement-oriented games and activities
  • Serves to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors for teen gambling problems through the increased knowledge of statistics, probability and number sense, school/after school connectedness and family cohesion

Activities include:

Some Facts about Youth Gambling:

youth-stats

For more information on how you can acquire CAPS for your school or to request a training, please contact Training Coordinator, Yvonne Andrews.

“When I was in school, we learned all about drugs and alcohol. Nobody ever said you could get into just as much trouble with gambling.” — Jim

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2., 3. Welte JW, Barnes GM, Tidwell MC, Hoffman JH. The prevalence of problem gambling among U.S. adolescents and young adults: Results from a national survey. Journal of Gambling Studies. 2008;24(2):119-133