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Give Hugs not Drugs

Training Course

17-25 October 2021 | Kaunas, Lithuania

The main aim of the project is to strengthen the competencies of youth workers in finding adequate approaches to fostering the inclusion and empowerment of young drug addicts

Nowadays, many youngsters experiment with drugs. Consequently, some youngsters get addicted to these materials, which leads to long and effort-requiring treatment. In the 25 European countries with available data, 18 countries demonstrate the increase of the overall number of first-time entrants to drug treatment centers. Thus, the problem is evident in the continent.

Even though there are existing methodologies for helping drug addicts recover, they are often outdated (thus their methods call for being re-tested or improved). That is why organisations from Lithuania, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Turkey gathered with the idea of youth work as a tool for better reintegration of former drug users into society and space for their personal development. Accordingly, the main aim of the project is to strengthen the competencies of youth workers in finding adequate approaches to fostering the inclusion and empowerment of young drug addicts. To reach this aim, the following objectives were set:

- Increase awareness (and reduce stigma) about youth drug abuse and its related problems;
- Identify challenges young drug users face and ways to address them;
- Explore the role of youth work in helping young (former) drug addicts;
- Improve the capacities (knowledge and skills) of youth workers to address the needs of young drug addicts and to support their empowerment;
- Share tools and good practices of engaging with vulnerable groups in an international context;
- Create transnational partnerships on inclusion and empowerment of young (ex-) drug addicts among youth organisations.


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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 4 people per country team participants

from Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Türkiye

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



Active Youth Association (Youth NGO)

Active Youth is a Lithuania-based for-purpose organisation that unites young leaders, thinkers and doers, those who seek change and those who make change.

Contact for questions:

Greta Kunickytė


Phone: +3706575144


Participation fee

No fee

Accommodation and food

Accommodation and food are funded by the EU program Erasmus+

Travel reimbursement

Traveling expenses will be covered by the EU.

For Lithuanians - 20 EUR

For Polish - 180 EUR

For Turkish - 275 EUR

For Slovakians - 275 EUR

For Swedish - 275 EUR

For Hungarians - 275 EUR

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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