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Call for Participants – EU Drug Policy Training & Strategy Series for Young People

Students for Sensible Drug Policy International and Youth RISE are launching a new Erasmus+ project intended to increase the capacity of youth-led organisations that engage in drug policy reform and young people to advocate at the European Union level.  To achieve this goal, we are organising a training series that will equip young people with…
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What Does Support Don’t Punish Mean to Young People?

For this years Support Don’t Punish, we asked young people who use drugs around the world; ‘What does Support Don’t Punish Mean to You?’. We produced a video to share our advocacy message for the day, Support Don’t Punish For Us. Use the english subtitles for the various languages – they are accurate! We also…
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Consultancy Call to Develop a ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop for Young People in Online Harm Reduction Service Provision

Background  Young people who use drugs (YPUDs) and other inadequately served populations (ISPs) have a set of unique needs in terms of harm reduction and support services. As a result of the current pandemic, many of these needs have been emphasised, and a demand and need for the wider availability of online and/or remote provision…
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Consultancy Call to Develop a ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop on Access to Justice

Youth RISE Consultancy Call to Develop a ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop in Access to Justice for young people and other inadequately served populations Background  Young people who use drugs (YPUDs) and other inadequately served populations (ISPs) have a set of unique needs in terms of access to legal services and counselling. As a result of…
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Want to join our International Working Group?

Youth RISE is recruiting! We are excited to announce that we are expanding our International Working Group team! If you are under 30 and enthusiastic about drug policy and harm reduction, fill in this form before Wednesday 15th June. More information www.youthrise.org Youth RISE is currently expanding its International Working Group. We encourage young people…
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Ailish Brennan’s Story – Transgender Violence

Ailish Brennan, who served as our Executive Director since 2019 wrote the following piece where she explains what it is like to live in fear of violence as a transgender person and a traumatic experience she had a week before she made the extremely difficult decision to resign from Youth RISE. The dangers and trauma…
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“420, Hacking the Debate” – Argentina’s Advocacy Project

Written by Carolina Ahumada. The Youth RISE Small Grants Programme is financed by the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund (RCNF) and aims to support community organizations and initiative groups of young people affected by drug policies. These grants are offered to our International Working Group (IWG) Members and their respective organizations. This year the…
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Drug Use and Pleasure – The Elephant in the Room

Written by Ross Paterson, our Finance Officer. The reasons why people use drugs are numerous. For some, they serve as a form of escape, often leading to harmful patterns of use usually associated with destructive social and personal consequences. Others use drugs for functional purposes, as a means to improve productivity and to overcome challenges associated…
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