European Drug Prevention Prize 2016 Opens for Applications

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First launched in 2004, the Prize is awarded every two years to high-quality drug prevention projects that fully involve young people.

The Pompidou Group awards the Prize to encourage the development of drug prevention work where young people are actively participating and believes that the genuine involvement of young people improves the possibilities of successful drug prevention.

Projects can be government sponsored, run by NGOs (non-governmental organisations), in the private sector, or organised by local communities, and do not have to be funded to be eligible – they can be entirely voluntary.

To be eligible, projects must be:

  • Wholly or mainly in the area of drug prevention, which can include illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, volatile substances (eg glues, gases, aerosols), new psychoactive substances (NPS, including so-called ‘legal highs’) and prescription and over-the-counter medicines when they are misused.
  • Must involve young people (under the age of 25 years).
  • Currently running, or have recently finished.
  • Run by more than one person and have some formal structure, such as a management committee or steering group.

Up to three youth projects will each receive a trophy and prize-money of €5,000. Projects including innovative approaches, particularly those using new technologies, as well as targeting young people under 18, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Submitted projects are evaluated by a Jury of seven young people (aged between 16 and 21 at the time of their appointment) recruited from the Pompidou Group’s and Council of Europe member States.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2016.

Full details can be found on the European Drug Prevention Prize webpage

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