(1) Young people will develop the confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve their goals and say no to drugs
Each year 120 teenagers (12-17yrs old) will take part in 4 classroom based drug prevention workshops. The project’s youth-centred approach provides the pupils with a unique opportunity to actively construct their future, becoming better informed and aware of drugs and transverse themes: violence, trafficking, community, bullying and sexuality. In the second year, the young people participating will also develop life plans.
(2) Young people will be actively engaged in their communities, and will feel empowered to advocate for social change
A group of between 20 and 30 Youth Leaders will build their leadership skills by supporting the Viva a Vida team and sharing their learnings to with the wider community. The Young Leaders will be given the opportunity to meet with local community leaders, police offices and government officials to discuss what changes need to be made within the community to ensure the better protection of young people. Over the two years, 30 students will take part in a theatre group, organising activities, shows and workshops for the community and the school around key social issues engaging at least 500 students each year and 100 community members. The theatre group will provide young people with a safe and open space to discuss the dangers of drugs, express their thoughts and emotions, and raise awareness amongst other students and the community.
(3) A positive, supportive network will be formed around vulnerable young people, increasing parental and community engagement with young people and the issues they face
Viva a Vida will continue their Parents Group consisting of 60 parents at the local school where many adults attend night classes. The Parents Group will meet bimonthly with the aim of improving communication between parents and their children, whilst encouraging them to play a greater role in their children’s lives. These Groups will also raise awareness of issues affecting children within their community, such as drug use and participation in gangs, to support parents to try to combat these issues and encourage them to actively participate in trying to bring about change in the community.