Plein Damiendo

On August 12, 2020 it was International Youth Day. Together with the organization Stibula we have organized a cycling tour with the youngsters from different turns.

International Youth Day 2020

In 1999, the 12th of August was declared International Youth Day.

Since then, the day has been dedicated to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.

2020 Theme: Youth Engagement for Global Action

The commemoration of IYD 2020 will take the form of a podcast-style discussion led by youth for youth. Creative elements, such as spoken word artists, will also be utilized to break up the substantive discussions. 

Jaswinder Singh Sidhu

Amritsar, July 31

Spurious liquor has claimed 45 lives in Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Batala (Gurdaspur district) in India past two days. The Punjab Government has ordered a magisterial probe.

Women Involvement in Illicit Drug Trade and Substance Abuse

Event Date

Women involvement in illicit drug trade and substance abuse is a sensitization programme that will focus on informing women of the dangers that will arise when involved in drug activities or misuse.

Event Language


Rashana Jones

"The Caribbean region is a major transit area for illicit drugs, primarily cocaine. These drugs are produced in South America, destined for markets worldwide.

Attitudes towards Cough Syrup Abuse: A Study of Adolescents in Southwest, Nigeria

One area of substance misuse among adolescents that is currently a problem, and has not been fully understood in the Nigerian context is the attitudes of adolescents towards cough syrup abuse. Thus, to inform policy actions for reducing cough syrup abuse among Nigerian adolescents, this study explored the attitudes of adolescents towards cough syrup abuse in two Southwest states of Nigeria, where substance abuse is rampant.

By a stratified sampling method, 302 adolescents (152 males, 150 females; mean age = 13.61 years, SD = 2.09) were selected from secondary schools in Lagos and Oyo states, Nigeria, and data were collected using existing questionnaires with strong psychometric properties, and the response rate was 97.42%. Four (4) hypotheses were stated and tested using independent sample t-test and correlation statistics at p<0.05.

The findings from the study concluded that, adolescents’ age and family marital structure were the variables found that significantly accounted for their attitudes towards cough syrup abuse, thus it is imperative enough that as adolescents are growing older, they are rightly guided against giving into substance abuse. Also, parents/caregivers of adolescents need to be actively involved in educating adolescents on the hazards associated with substance abuse.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

The content contained in Rural Youth Engagement Toolkit was created to address substance misuse in rural communities through the meaningful engagement and involvement of rural youth in the process to enact lasting change that will contribute to healthy and safe communities throughout America.

RISE YOUTH by Jameel Stephen Huggins and team TTO

On Saturday 7th March 2020 the RISE YOUTH team held an orientation and recruitment drive session at the Indian Walk Police Youth Club to get participants for the Drug Use Prevention Programme.


The Church of Uganda has instituted a programme that will help young people to protect themselves from alcoholism and drug abuse. The programme Drug Free Schools was launched by the outgoing Arch Bishop , the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, at Mengo  Senior School on Saturday the 15th of February 2020. Speaking to students, teachers and partners that graced the function, Ntagali said that drug abuse among young people in schools was on rise, which was why the Church had decided to act against the vice.

The Coordinator of the Church of Uganda ‘Drug –Free Schools’ Programme, Ezra Tumuhirwe, said the initiative is expected to cover 500 secondary schools by 2026.

The KCCA acting Director of Public Health and Environment, Dr. Daniel Ayen Okello, asked young people to seek the guidance of their parents, teachers and religious leaders when they got problems, instead of turning to drugs. Dr. Okello told the youth that nobody should make them feel lesser than they are and reminded them that they were created in God’s image.

The Principal regulatory officer of medicines at the National Drug Authority (NDA), Brian Sekayombya, said the authority would continue to work with schools and other stakeholders to eliminate alcoholism and drug abuse. Other participants in this event included; Church of Uganda province Secretariat, the Rev. Paul Kakooza and Dr. Nazarius Tumwesigye from Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

The function which was graced by a number of dignitaries and the event kicked off with a solidarity march by students and teachers of Gayaza High School, Mengo Senior School, King’s College Buddo, Nsangi S.S, Mwereerwe S.S, Wampeewo Ntakke, Entebbe S.S and Kira S.S.

The students were also given an opportunity to presented poems, music and drama items on alcoholism and drug abuse during this event as well.

Students during the march



Group photo of participants and the Arch Bishop

Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Thriving in the 21st Century (2020)

This new consensus document from the U.S. National Academy of Medicine outlines recent research on adolescent development and makes recommendations to U.S. stakeholders for improving outcomes for adolescents. While the recommendations are mostly for a U.S. audience, the information on positive adolescent development is useful for everyone interested in prevention.

Drusilla Blinker

I was fortunate enough to take part in a first responder training in January.

Drusilla Blinker

In the last weeks there were many drug prevention sessions with different classes in different schools. Some of the students really like to make it clear during the sessions that they are not happy with our presence. This however boosts my motivation to work with them.

Ahmad Shah

On Wednesday , February 12, 2020  “Introduction to U.S. Grants” Workshop organized by the U.S. Embassy Islamabad ,Pakistan at the Lincoln Corner PACC  Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC) 1 Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi Cantonment . Where discussed in brief about U.S.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Around the globe, it is estimated that over 1,500 Model United Nations conferences are held every year, involving up to half a million learners from primary school to university.

RISE YOUTH by Jameel Stephen Huggins and team TTO

"I choose my Future"

RISE YOUTH by Jameel Stephen Huggins and team TTO

Lunch with Ms Charlotte Sissons and Rise Youth team