European Drug Prevention Prize - 2012



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The 5th European Drug Prevention Prize of the Pompidou Group will be awarded on Wednesday 14 November 2012 in Strasbourg during the Group's High-level Conference. Three projects will be rewarded for their innovative work in drug prevention with the active involvement and participation of youth.

In July 2012, the jury of 6 young people from Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania and Spain examined 83 applications from 24 European countries and selected those projects they considered to be the most innovative in terms of content, efficiency and active youth participation. Ten other projects which they found interesting and worthwhile promoting were nominated for their noteworthy work in drug prevention with the active involvement of youth.

The 2012 Prize-winners are:
Youth Connection - High on Life! in Beirut (Lebanon)

Youth Connection High on Life! is a project that focuses on the promotion of drug-free environment through various activities and creating an active network of young peer educators. The project provides peer-to-peer training workshops and prevention activities in an interactive way. It is fully designed and carried out by youth, and it focuses on employing protective factors and interactive methods, including games and group exercises to deter youth from using drugs. Youth Connection also established a youth forum in which the tools constructed by different youth groups are used and presented at the forum.

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suite Articles published on 10 December 2012 (Nna-leb.gov.lb, Tripoliscope.com, Elnashra.com, Lebanonfiles.com)
suite Articles published on 11 December 2012 (Al Balad, As Safir)
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Juvente Sober is Sexy! in Berlin (Germany)

Sober is Sexy! endeavours to decompose the myth about youth and alcohol consumption. It is a project designed to illustrate how young people can have fun without the use alcohol and drugs. The youth participants organize outdoor adventure activities, such as camping trips every year, combined with educational seminars on drug prevention to alert young people about the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. The activities implemented by the project are a way to bring youth together in a fun, diverse and relaxed environment.

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Lonja Laket! Working in vacant business places in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)

Lonja Laket! Working in Vacant Business Place is a project aimed at converting previously owned commercial spaces into private venues for young people to hang out during their free time. The commercial spaces are often used for marijuana cultivation and trafficking, and Lonja Laket! seeks to transform these spaces into sustainable and drug-free environments. The project employs a selective preventive strategy targeted towards fostering and reinforcing responsible behaviour among youth. Its members and volunteers visit these facilities in order to help assess the risks, and implement practical methods to reduce the likelihoods of drug usage in a given place.

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Shortlisted projects:

London Youth Involvement Project (London, United Kingdom)
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The Guardian Angels (Monaco)
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Rock Zero (Schaarbeek, Belgium)
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Yoga Rave (Vilnius, Lithuania)
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Young people and addiction: from humour to prevention (Moulins, France)

Open until Dawn (Gijn, Spain)
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Peer Helper's Programme (Budapest, Hungary)
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Having Fun in Control (Madrid, Spain)
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VollFAN statt VollFETT (Vienna, Austria)
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Smoking Prevention Project (Bregenz, Austria)
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