YouthRISE, both on our own and in conjunction with other groups, work to produce tools and resources relating to drug policy and harm reduction for use by a wide range of people from young people who use drugs, youth advocates and leaders, as well as other stakeholders, such as media, law enforcement, educators etc. We apply our first-hand experience and knowledge of the issues facing young people who use drugs and combine it with our expertise in drug policy and harm reduction to produce harm reduction materials, from guidelines, articles and other papers to flyers, posters and stickers. Our aim is for these resources to positively impact, either directly or indirectly, the health and well-being of young people who use drugs, through aiding them in advocacy work, local community mobilisation, education of stakeholders, and these resources directed towards them and the people they interact with.
We actively advocate and support the recognition and upholding of human rights for all people who use drugs, and are involved in the drug market, particularly all youth involved. We do this through attending conferences and organizing events that promote the awareness of the lack of human rights that young people who use drugs have, and through supporting youth organizations and individuals that work on the ground to ensure the human rights of young PWUD are recognized.
We advocate for and assist in the provision of Full Spectrum Harm Reduction, which incorporates all of the people who use drugs, and all of the methods with which they use them, as well as all of the political, social, and environmental contexts surrounding this. It aims to include and account for the diversity of factors at play when we consider all forms of drug use and all of the people who use drugs globally.
The main guiding principles of Full Spectrum Harm Reduction remain the same as traditional Harm Reduction models. The aim is to keep people who use drugs safe and to minimize the harm associated with drug use. By incorporating a wider number of forms of drug use and a wider number of factors associated with drug use we hope to further reduce stigma, discrimination, and inhumane situations people who use drugs find themselves in.
Part 2 of our new harm reduction video series: How to Avoid an Opiate Overdose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO64DRt0RAc
We made this video in 2012, but opiate overdose is still a very prominent problem among people who use drugs. This video gives an overview of what causes an opiate overdose, how to recognize one, and some simple tips on how to avoid it. #overdoseawareness #overdose #overdoseprevention
Part 1 of our new harm reduction video series: Full Spectrum Harm Reduction
Our Mission Statement: Youth RISE mobilizes youth to be engaged in full spectrum harm reduction and drug policy reform to promote health and human rights.
So what is 'Full Spectrum Harm Reduction'? Learn about it in this video we shot as part of a small grants project in 2017, with the incredible Brun González.
Tuesdays are for resource sharing! Here is a Guide for Delivering Youth-Led Peer Education, that we helped produce. It is a key resource for anyone interested in peer education!
Read our new blog post here: https://youthrise.org/redefine-the-table/
Youth RISE’s summary of the WHO-Civil Society Dialogue on youth participation in planning and decision making processes.
New blog post!
Financing the Strengthening of Organizations/Financiamiento Para el Fortalecimiento de las Organizaciones.
This blog gives an update on the Small Grants projects of our International Working Group Members in Latin America (Argentina and Peru).
Read the full blog post in both Spanish and English here:
YouthRISE engages in regular advocacy work at a number of conferences as well as attending sessions of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. This advocacy work is done to voice the issues young people who use drugs face across the world, such as barriers to healthcare, human rights violations, absence of objective information and education on drugs and other risks and harms caused by the war on drugs. We do this by taking people who have been working with us through youth engagement to represent their region, and the young people who use drug within their region, in the international arena. Through our involvement in the Commission on Narcotic Drugs we are a member of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Civil Society Task Force, a network of Civil Society groups which aims to increase the involvement of NGOs and Civil Society Groups in International advocacy, particularly relating to drug policy and UNODC’s thematic areas of work.