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Team

International Coordinator

morgana@youthrise.org

Morgana Daniele is a drug policy and human rights activist. Her expertise is in community mobilization, harm reduction education, and advocacy for drug policy reform. Her academic background is Eastern European and Russian politics.

Project Manager

florian@youthrise.org

Florian is a Deputy Director of Help Not Harm and a co-founder of SSDP Ireland. He has represented Youth RISE to numerous Irish government departments and the Irish Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He is currently undertaking a PhD in ‘NPS Injecting in Ireland: practices, health implications and service utilization’.

Project Manager

ishwor@youthrise.org

Ishwor is a young activist promoting harm reduction initiatives which value health and human rights of drug users in Nepal, specifically promoting gender equality and young people. He is one of the national representatives of Youth LEAD. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Tribhuvan University.

International Working Group Member

wiqas@youthrise.org

Wiqas is a youth activist from Pakistan who founded Human Resources Organization and Initiative for Youth & Sustainable Development and is the current Executive Director for the Initiative for Youth and Sustainable Development in Pakistan. He is also involved in cross border education and health initiatives with young people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Communications Officer

ailish@youthrise.org

Ailish is a feminist youth activist working on drug policy, homelessness, as well as LGBTQ+, and feminist issues, especially focusing on the intersection of all of these topics. She is studying for a Bachelor of Arts in University College Dublin, where she founded the first chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

International Working Group Member

daniel@youthrise.org

Daniel is a social activist with a drug policy, capacity building, advocacy and governance background. He is the Youth RISE representative to Paradigma and was the co-founder of Activista Ghana. His academic background is Political Science and English.

International Working Group Member

Bachar Kaawach is a drug policy and harm reduction activist who represents the voices of people who use drugs in Lebanon. He attends regular meetings with government departments, NGOs, and other civil society groups, regarding issues affecting people who use drugs and other key affected populations. Bachar is a marketing graduate and as well as engaging in advocacy work he tries to spread awareness of social issues through his rap music.

International Working Group Member
Oz is a young LGBTQ+ and HIV activist from Turkey, studying for a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marmara University Istanbul. Oz has been involved in the HIV field since 2017, worked for national and international NGOs and conferences representing youth. As a gay man openly living with HIV, he is working to improve the quality of life of people from marginalized communities and people living with or affected by HIV.

International Working Group Member

Abril Galván is a young activist and a member SSDP Latin America.  Her work as a healthcare professional has led her to participate in projects in Mexico and Bolivia focused on advocacy for harm reduction based policies and ending the stigma associated with drug use.

International Working Group Member

Mayank is a young researcher and advocate who works to support and promote youth centered programs and policies, with a specific focus on drugs and people who inject drugs in India. His academic background includes sociology, anthropology and folklore studies.

News

Youth RISE at “Taking Roots, Branching Out” 4YOUTH Inception Meeting

Youth RISE Project Managers Ishwor Maharjan and Florian Scheibein recently attended the 4YOUTH Inception Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The 4YOUTH Consortium is a partnership between Youth RISE, Youth LEAD, YPEER and Y+Network. We are very excited about this one! More details can be found in the attached document here.

Georgian National Harm Reduction Conference

On 26-27th March 2019, the Georgian National Harm Reduction Conference was held in Tbilisi, the first time the conference has taken place since 2013. Along with the Georgian guests, the conference was also attended by international experts, who shared their experiences and recommendations.

The conference was informative and productive, however the lack of policy makers in attendance was disappointing, especially given the turbulent recent history of drug policy in Georgia. In response, Georgian drug policy activists placed the figures of Georgian policymakers among the audience to highlight the importance of their inclusion in the discussion.

The primary goal of this conference was to bring together local and global professionals, field experts and stakeholders in an open dialogue. Despite the absence of the decision makers, the conference was a success. The engagement of attendees helped to formulate new questions, plans, and future goals towards which we will continue to work.

Photo shutdown at CND

An attempt at a large group photo in front of CND today was prevented from happening by security due to the presence of Support Don’t Punish imagery and slogans. Despite receiving permission for a photo, and the UNODC giving funding towards the Support Don’t Punish campaign, the photo was briefly prevented because it was deemed to be a protest or demonstration which had not been sanctioned, before eventually being given the all clear without the use of slogans, with the posters all being confiscated. Participants were threatened with bans and prevented from recording the incident, with one person being escorted from the location. This suppression of radical and dissenting voices at CND is astounding!

International Coordinator Makes Speech at CND Ministerial Segment

Youth RISE International Coordinator Morgana Daniele spoke this Thursday at the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna. She spoke as a youth representative on behalf of Youth RISE at the side event entitled “A Health-Centered Approach to Drug Dependence, a Multi-Factorial Health Disorder”. The event was organized by the Norwegian Government and Morgana gave an impassioned speech encouraging attendees to fight to help those with addiction and empower people with as many possibilities and opportunities as possible to overcome to illness of addiction. You can view a full video of the speech here.

Youth Consortium Meeting

During the annual reflection meeting on 26-27 Feb, 2019, held in Bangkok, Thailand, Youth RISE, along with other consortium members agreed and decided to strengthen and expand the Global Consortium of Youth-led organizations. It was agreed that this would be done through a number of channels by increasing collaboration and coordinating with each other in 2019. Hence In 2019 all consortium members agreed and allocated some budget from each side, to organize a Global workshop on Global Fund which is planned to be held in June 2019 in South Africa.

Harm Reduction Consortium Meeting

Youth RISE has attended the annual Harm Reduction Consortium meeting in February and finalized the previous 3-year project round by submitting our narrative and financial reports, as well as sharing the results of 2018 with our donor Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund and the Consortium partners through the publication of our annual report. Youth RISE as part of the Consortium will continue its work of civil society strengthening in the next 2019-2021 project round, which promises to be continue our regional work, organisational development and expansion, campaigns and better communication.

YouthRISE welcomes new IWGs

Youth RISE has expanded its International Working Group to 16 members, with plans for a further expansion to become a team of 20 people by April. Our new team formation allows Youth RISE to represent drug and youth related issues from a truly global perspective. The newly formed team will work to further strengthen our network in 2019 by implementing small grant activities on regional level, as well as organising specific actions and campaigns.

YouthRISE Produce 2018 Annual Report

YouthRISE are happy to publish our Annual Report for the year of 2018. The report, entitled “12 Years of YouthRISE” shows the many projects we are happy to have been involved with this year. It spans through the work we have done in the past year starting at the national level in our countries and regions through to international conferences and advocacy work at the United Nations. You can view the annual report here.

Youth Taking Roots and Branching Out Project

We’re very happy to be able to announce that Youth RISE has become a partner in the three year “Youth Taking Roots and Branching Out” Project as part of the Robert Carr Network Fund (RCNF) Youth Consortium.  The project is a collaboration between Youth RISE, Youth LEAD, Y PEER and Y+ Network.

Youth RISE will be developing elearning content on harm reduction/drug policy, public health/human rights and advocacy. We will pilot the content in four regions of the world each year.  We will also develop an online resource library hub.

We have our first Consortium kick off meeting in Bangkok at the end of February and will hold a youth consultation later in the year!

Please let us know if you have any thought or suggestions around content to include.

YouthRISE Expands Managerial Committee

YouthRISE is delighted to share that we have added two new members to our core managerial committee, Ailish Brennan and Florian Scheibein. This new core team will enable for better project management and communications, and we are delighted to welcome our new staff. who previously held positions as IWGs. The appointment of new staff also coincides with the incoming appointment of several new IWGs over the coming weeks.