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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Youth RISE participated in projects, workshops, screenings and presentations in Thailand, Lithuania, Canada, Ireland, Czech Republic, Mexico, Nepal and Spain.
Youth RISE new brand and strategy is developed in order to reach out more grass-root communities.
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
Youth RISE launches its new website and online drug policy courses for young people in collaboration with International Drug Policy Consortium
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.