Written by: Rebeca Marques Rocha

14 members of the Youth RISE management team and the international working group came together to establish priorities and goals for the year ahead.

On January 21-22, we had our Annual Strategy Meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The event brought together 14 members from the Youth RISE Management Team and our International Working Group. This year’s meeting focused on building on the successes of the past year and setting priorities and goals for the future.

Youth RISE holds its 2023 Annual Strategy Meeting in Dublin
Youth RISE members show their Individual Dream Boards made during one of the workshops of the Annual Strategy Meeting

This was the first time we met in person, after two years of having our Annual Strategy Meetings held online due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The occasion offered an opportunity to strengthen Youth RISE’s vision and mission while also offering an opportunity for team building and bonding. The event featured a range of activities, including skills-development training, workshops, and brainstorming sessions led by members of our team and our directorate board, who joined us online.

Youth RISE holds its 2023 Annual Strategy Meeting in Dublin
Caitlin Padgett, one of the founding members of Youth RISE, presented the history of the organization to the attendants of the ASM.

The attendants at the Annual Strategy Meeting highlighted the diversity of our team. Our 14 participants represented all five UN regional groups, namely Eastern and Western Europe, Latin American and Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East, as well as Asia and the Pacific. This gathering of young experts and activists from all around the world is an important opportunity to develop strategies for drug policy reform and harm reduction and to build a stronger, more effective global movement.

We are grateful to everyone who contributed to making this event a success. We are excited for a year full of activities that will promote positive change in the lives of young people worldwide. Stay tuned!

Youth RISE holds its 2023 Annual Strategy Meeting in Dublin