Annual Report 2011Youth Rise3
In April 2011, the Youth RISE team had a two day strategic planning meeng with parcipaon of all sta and IWGmembers. The meeng was important for seng the future course for Youth RISE as we redened our mission andvision, and idened our strategic focus for the next 3 years.
Mission & Vision
Youth RISE is a youth-led network promong evidence based drug policies and harm reducon strategies with themeaningful involvement of young people who use drugs and are aected by drug polices.Youth RISE envisions a world where society responds to drug use among young people through humane and evidencebased policy and pracce.
During the strategic planning meeng, Youth RISE idened six key strategic objecves:1. Increase public awareness on the ineecveness of current drug policies, in parcular theadverse impacts of drug policies on young people;2. Mobilise, engage, and facilitate youth involvement in the drug policy reform movement;3. Facilitate engagement of young people who use drugs and ensure their voices are heard at alllevels;4. Promote evidence based harm reducon intervenons for young people who use drugs;5. Engage in targeted regional, naonal and issue related advocacy;6. Increase evidence to support advocacy and inform an eecve response.
An important goal for Youth RISE in 2011 was to improve our organisaonal independence and strength. We progressedin a number of important areas, developing and solidifying our organisaonal structure and presence.Our rst Boardof Directors was created, increasing our accountability and improving our instuonal strength. The Board will becrical in providing oversight and ensuring Youth RISE is fullling its mission.Our Board of Directors are:
Niamh Eastwood, Execuve Director, Release•Damon Barre, Senior Human Rights Analyst, Harm Reducon Internaonal•Caitlin Padge, Independent Consultant and co-founder of Youth RISE•Aram Barra, Drug Policy Programme Director, Espolea•Youth RISE has been hosted by Release since 2009, an organisaon which has given us guidance and support and withwhom we have built a strong partnership. In order to connue our growth, build on our successes and strengthenour presence and work, Youth RISE ocially registered as an independent organisaon in the United Kingdom inSeptember 2011.In addion, Youth RISE has also worked towards reviewing, redening and strengthening its network structure. Thenetwork has now opened up for organisaonal membership thus improving its ability to develop strategic partnershipsand share resources with other local, naonal and internaonal organisaons working on drug policy and youth issues.Clear criteria and applicaon processes have been developed for individual and organisaonal membership and wehave formalised memberships and partnerships with number of organisaons working in the eld.
“My experience with Youth RISE has been awesome. It’s excing working with young brilliant minds who areready to stop at nothing in promong social change on issues that aect their lives and that of their peers.More importantly I have learnt and seen in Youth RISE that young people can do much more when given the
- Adeolu Ogunrombi, IWG, Nigeria