Mission Statement

Youth RISE works to amplify, maximise, and centre priorities of young people who use drugs and young people affected by drug policies. We advocate and support full-spectrum harm reduction at local, regional and international levels through coalition building, advocacy, and evidence gathering.

Our Team

Ruby Lawlor

Executive Director

Carolina Ahumada

Deputy Director & 4Youth Consortium Project Manager

Marialba Quesada

Latin America & Caribbean Communications & Advocacy Officer

Rebeca Calzada

Project Manager Harm Reduction Consortium

Manuela Memi

Project Manager Erasmus+

Humberto Rotondo

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Alan Bevan

Finance Officer

Sara Monsalvo

International Working Group Member

Beatrix Vas

International Working Group Member

Amine Gahfez

International Working Group Member

Rebeca Marques Rocha

International Communications & Advocacy Officer

João Barbosa

International Working Group Member

Isaac Olushola

Global Fund Project Manager

Dinah Kate Macmillan

International Working Group Member

Pinky Andrieansyah

International Working Group Member

Paula Daniela Jaimes Rico

International Working Group Member

Judit Rayman

International Working Group Member

Ana Ubiliva

International Working Group Member

Tobias Niblock

International Working Group Member

Marie Schneider

International Working Group Member

Iva Tomevska

International Working Group Member
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“We Need to Talk About Drugs (Policy)” Paradigma Coalition’s First…

Nairobi, Kenya – May 9-10, 2024 – The Paradigma Coalition proudly held the exhibition, “We Need to Talk About Drugs (Policy)” at the United Nations Civil Society Conference in Nairobi,…
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Day 3 of the Paradigma Coalition at the CND

Written by: Marialba Quesada Abrams Youth RISE’s Delegation of the Paradigma Coalition. March 20th, 2024. Last Wednesday, March 20, we reached the halfway point of the CND. And despite the…
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Day 2 of the Paradigma Coalition at the CND

Written by Alex Betsos (they/them/theirs) The fourth day of CND started off somewhat differently than most. Vienna, which has had nothing but gorgeous weather since I first arrived took on…
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Key United Nations Advocacy for Young People Who Use Drugs

Written by Ruby Lawlor, Executive Director of Youth RISE This week, Youth RISE attended pre-meetings and the High Level Segment of the 67th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna.…
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