The year 2020 was a difficult one for everyone, and civil society organizations have done all they could to power through and continue to work towards their goals and visions. We moved nearly everything online, our International Working Group members that received Small Grants as part of our Small Grant Programme adjusted their projects to online activities and supporting their communities of young people who use drugs. Read through our Annual Report to see what 2020 looked like for Youth RISE, and our members.

This Annual Report details how the National and Regional Network Strengthening Small Grants were used by the recipients, what our members did for their communities with support from our Covid-19 Relief Small Grants, the meetings we organized and partook in at national, regional and global levels, as well as the advocacy that we were involved in throughout the year. The key theme of Youth RISE for 2020 was ‘Organizational Strengthening and Expansion’, in which we took on 7 new International Working Group Members, introduced a new organizational membership opportunity, formed a Board of Directors, and developed a number of essential organizational documents to act a written framework for our work. We also strengthened our communications, through hiring new communications officers and in particular, hiring a communications officer for the region of Latin América and the Caribbean. Finally, it details the projects that are being run under the Robert Carr Fund and Global Fund, who are our two funders, click here to learn about these projects, namely; the TripApp, Youth RISE Academy, Trauma Informed Policing Report, and the ‘Count Me In’ project.

Let’s see what 2021 holds for Youth RISE, and thank you for your support through 2020.