About

Who we are

Team

Morgana Daniele is a drug policy and human rights activist from Lithuania. Her expertise is in
community mobilization, harm reduction services and education, and advocacy for drug policy
reform. Morgana also publishes blogs, press releases and articles on harm reduction and drug
policy issues. Her academic background is politics and her true passion is civil society
movements.
E-mail: morgana@youthrise.org

Eva Césarová is a young activist from Czech Republic who is involved in various activities related to drug policy, harm reduction and psychedelics. She studied Marketing Communications and Film Production and is currently studying Addictology at the Faculty of Medicine in Prague. She is one of the co-founders of the Czech Psychedelic Society where she is currently the guarantee of external affairs. She is also one of the organizers of Beyond Psychedelics 2016 and 2018 conferences.
E-mail: eva@youthrise.org

Brun is a young Mexican activist who has been involved in harm reduction since 2009. He is currently the Harm Reduction Program Coordinator of the youth-led Mexican-based organization Espolea and works as a peer educator within the youth institute of Mexico City developing peer-led campaigns on harm reduction and drug policy reform. Brun has been involved in the creation of several projects and initiatives both for injected and non-injected substance use like the Substance Analysis Program (P.A.S.) and the nightlife interventions that are being implemented in Mexico and other countries of the region, as well as educational resources like the massive Spanish-based database on psychoactive substances The Universe of Drugs.
He also is behind the notorious campaign whose face is a puppet called Lugo which talks about harm reduction for younger audiences throughout the internet. Brun is also part of different regional and international networks such as Youth Rise, Mind Surf, the (Nightlife) Harm Reduction Network of the Americas and he is currently the regional representative of the Latin American Network of People who Uses Drugs (LANPUD) for the board of the International Network of People who Uses Drugs (INPUD). Continue reading about Brun González

was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and started using drugs at the age of 15 while studying in class ten. She has been working in Nepal for the past five years in the fields of drug treatment, harm reduction, and HIV & AIDS. She is focused on youth and female using/injecting drug users (FIDU), a very marginalized and voiceless part of Nepali society. She works as a Program Officer of female wings at AAFNO Nepal (a community-led organization of young people who use drugs and live with HIV) drug treatment and HIV. She is also interested in sexual and reproductive health care, as well advocacy. She advocates for the necessary reforms of youth friendly right-based drug policy and to promote and works to defend the rights of young people and FIDUs at the local, district and national level.
pashang@youthrise.org

Florian is a a Deputy Director of Help Not Harm and a co-founder of SSDP Ireland.  He has represented Youth RISE to the Irish Department of Health, Department of Justice, Department of Foreign Affairs 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’.
E-mail: florian@youthrise.org

Young activist promoting harm reduction initiatives which values health and human rights of drug users in Nepal through peer led organization called Aavash Samuha and national networks called CDUN(collation of drug users of nepal) and YKAP Nepal( network of young key affected population of Nepal).He is also one of the National focal point of Youth LEAD (A regional HIV network of young key populations in the Asia-Pacific Region). He recently got a Bachelor’s degree and currently studying for Master’s Degree in Tribhuvan University.

Since 2011, Maharjan have been advocating for the gender equality and needs and rights of young drug users and also directly working with young key population and non-governmental organizations which works with Drug Users and PLHIVs by providing comprehensive services and information like Oral substitution Therapy, Needle Syringe Exchange Programs, Crisis Care Center and Treatment and Rehabilitation.
E-mail: ishwor@youthrise.org

Catherine is an enthusiastic young African feminist, Lover of Life and passionate advocate for Women and girls health especially Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Catherine enjoys exploring and amplifying the convergences between daily lived realities of women and girls with local, national and global policies. Catherine is currently the Deputy Director at Dandelion Kenya and chairs the Women Global Network for Reproductive Rights Alliance Kenya (WAK), a network working towards reduction of maternal mortality attributed to unsafe abortions.Catherine has engaged with various global policy processes; International Conference on Population & Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 review, Beijing+20 review and the sustainable development goals. Catherine sits on the interim steering committee of African CSOs Coalition on Population and Development (ACCPD), a coalition working towards full implementation of ICPD Program of Action in Africa and a member of the African Youth Task Force on Post 2015. Catherine also sits on the SDGs Forum Kenya steering committee, a knowledge Management and peer resource platform for CSOs undertaking the implementation of the SDGs in Kenya including provide technical and advocacy support to Kenyan Government. Catherine has worked to develop her skills in policy advocacy including joining the Kenyan government to the UN during CPD and UNGA meetings in 2015. Continue reading about Catherine Wanjiru Nyambura

Wiqas is a youth activist from Pakistan who is working for in health and education with a focus on young people to have access to all their rights including health, education, and enjoying a peaceful life. He started his activism at a very young age by joining the school scout team and volunteering with his village social organization Youth Welfare Society. He was the founder of “Human Resources Organization” and “Initiative for Youth & Sustainable Development.” Wiqas is the current Executive Director for the Initiative for Youth and Sustainable Development in Pakistan and is a part of several different international and national networks like Youth Peer Education Network, International AIDS Society, and Youth Rise.

As a researcher and activist Wiqas has presented his work at different international platforms like WYC2010, Women Deliver Conference 2013 in Malaysia, the International Congress on AIDS Asia Pacific (ICAAP11) 2013 in Thailand, and the International Aids Conference 2016.
Wiqas was also a participant of the creation of the draft of“ Khyber Pakhtonkhwa Youth Policy” in Pakistan. Under Chanan Development Association Wiqas has worked on several projects such as “UNFPA Pakistan, UNDEF, Y-Care, British Council, Oxfam Navib. He is also involved in cross border education and health initiatives with young people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also served in war zones like Urozgan and Qandahar working on GIZ IS & AUSAID Projects in Afghanistan and FATA, KP in Pakistan.
E-mail: wiqas@youthrise.org

Ailish is a feminist youth activist from Ireland who is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in politics with international relations and economics. Ailish is actively involved in a number of different activist movements centered around young people, such as the two recent high-profile referendum campaigns on marriage equality and abortion rights, as well as campaigning for measures to fight the homelessness crisis in Ireland. However, her work has a specific focus on problems faced by young people who use drugs in Ireland. She was the founding member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy in University College Dublin and her harm reduction work here has seen her take on an advocacy role with policy makers on a national level with politicians, and an international level at the UN.
E-mail: ailish@youthrise.org

Daniel is a social activist with a strong background in capacity building, communications and policy advocacy from Ghana. He works in the area of human rights, drug policy, leadership, advocacy, and governance. Daniel is currently working on an inter country project on Drug use and HIV/AIDS framework in Ghana that seeks to address the linkages and gaps in the use of drugs especially by young women by adopting a public health and human rights approach. He holds a bachelors in Political Science and English Language from the University of Ghana, Legon.

E-mail: daniel@youthrise.org

News

2018 European Harm Reduction Network Conference

Youth RISE presented their Guidelines for Police for working with Young People who use drugs as part of at the recent 2018 European Harm Reduction Network Conference in Bucharest, Romania. This was done as part of a session called “Drug Policy Trends: Alternative to Coercive Sanctions” organised by the fantastic Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA). Speakers included inspirational legends working in Hungary, Russia, Estonia and throughout the Baltic region. International co-ordinator Morgana Daniele also presented her own personal research on service provisions for people who use drugs, specifically for people who use heroin in Lithuania. The presentation provided insight into the capabilities of Opioid Substitution Treatment services and the people providing them, and was well received in a session titled “Bringing Treatment to the Community” with HA-REACT.

HIV and People Who Use Drugs in Kenya and Ghana

In Kenya and Ghana, YouthRISE representatives have implemented research to explore the interventions currently being made in these two Sub-Saharan Africa nations relation to the intersection of HIV and drug use. They have also been engaged in capacity building to work with relevant people who use drugs in education them on the safe use of drugs by young women, adolescents, and HIV infected persons. HIV remains prevalent especially among marginalized groups within these countries. This project was carried out very successfully and included a number of positive recommendations, which you can read more about here.

Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference

The 4th Law Enforcement and Public Health conference in Toronto started on Monday, 22nd of October. Youth RISE took part in a pre-consultation and held a workshop on guidelines for police that Youth RISE is currently developing. The feedback collected during the session will be used to ensure the correspondence of guidelines to the needs of young people who use drugs and the police. At the main conference Youth RISE held a session and presented issues related to young people who use drugs and their encounters with police from across the world, emphasising the necessity for more good practices and cooperation. Police deputy chief from Belgium, Peter Muyshondt, participated in the panel to represent the police perspective.

SSDP European Regional Conference

The first ever Students for Sensible Drug Policy conference took place in Vienna on the 10th and 11th of November, with two Youth RISE members being in attendance. Our International Co-ordinator Morgana Daniele was invited to speak about harm reduction and her experience working and advising people in medical services working with people who use drugs. The event was attended by a number of young drug policy activists from universities across Europe, most of whom are members of SSDP, as well as attendees from the Paradigma coalition, Students for Liberty, and YODA.

Global Fund Count Me IN Project

Youth RISE have been implementing their Global Fund Project very successfully recently. The aim of the project is to aid the engagement of key youth populations in the Global Fund processes at country level. On the 5th and 6th of October in Kiev, Ukraine Youth RISE successfully implemented the training component of the project. The success of this aspect of the Count Me IN project leaves us well set to continue our work and increasing key young peoples interaction with the Global Fund project in their country in the future.

2017

Youth RISE  participated in projects, workshops, screenings and presentations in Thailand, Lithuania, Canada, Ireland, Czech Republic, Mexico, Nepal and Spain.

2016

Youth RISE new brand and strategy is developed in order to reach out more grass-root communities.

2015

Youth RISE gains UNODC consultancy status for developing Youth Friendly Harm Reduction toolkits and actively involved young people who use drugs voices for UNGASS 2016 through advocacy workshops and campaigns. Here you can have a link for UN on Drugs page

2014

Youth RISE launches its new website and online drug policy courses for young people in collaboration with International Drug Policy Consortium

2013

Youth RISE continues its collaboration with different UN and Civil Society members to bring out voices of young people and key affected opulation. Youth RISE deliver extensive peer education trainings, capacity building activities and youth drug policy work in 4 countries, Portugal, Mexico, Nigeria and Kyrgyzstan under EU funding project.