The Youth Forum on Drug Use Prevention is a collaborative initiative of CICAD and the Colombo Plan. The Forum aims to promote youth leadership in drug use prevention by developing youth-led initiatives.

Objectives
  • To train young people to be leaders, and to initiate youth-led drug prevention programs.
  • Provide information on the science of drug addiction and drug use prevention.
  • Equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to focus on a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their peers in their communities.
  • Identify strategies to empower youth leaders to mobilize their peers to implement these strategies in schools, communities, campuses, and other target locations.
  • Facilitate the development of an action plan for drug use prevention initiatives.

Activities

Training for youth leaders

One participant per country team is trained as a youth leader to assist the trainers and to co-facilitate the main youth forum. 

The youth leaders help the other participants from their country team develop a project proposal on substance use prevention. 

Pre-forum assignment

Country teams develop a project proposal on substance use prevention to be implemented in their own communities. This proposal is a prerequisite for attending the Forum. 

Youth forum on drug use prevention 

The main forum is a five-day event where all members of the youth country teams will receive and share information on drug use prevention, and develop the skills and strategies they need to implement drug use prevention initiatives.

At the beginning of the forum, participants will be introduced to drug use prevention concepts, and will receive training in project management, and the role of youth as a prevention influencer. Following the training, participants will break into small groups and work on their project proposals (pre-forum assignments) to develop action plans to be implemented in their own communities.

The final output of the forum is the action plan designed by the youth participants. The best action plans are awarded seed fund money to implement the plan in their own communities.

Webinars 

CICAD periodically organizes webinars for discussion and dissemination of information on issues important to young people in member states.

Beneficiary Countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Argentina
Barbados
Barbados
Belize
Belize
Brazil
Brazil
Canada
Canada
Chile
Chile
Colombia
Colombia
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Dominica
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Ecuador
El Salvador
El Salvador
Grenada
Grenada
Guatemala
Guatemala
Guyana
Guyana
Haiti
Haiti
Honduras
Honduras
Jamaica
Jamaica
Mexico
Mexico
Panama
Panama
Paraguay
Paraguay
Peru
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Suriname
The Bahamas
The Bahamas
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
United States of America
United States of America
Uruguay
Uruguay
Team
Jimena Kalawski
Chief of the Demand Reduction Unit
Alfonso Abarca
Specialist
José Luis Vazquez
Specialist
Andrea Escobar
Senior Program Officer
Isabella Araújo
Senior Program Officer
María Virginia García
Program Officer
Strategic Partners