This is a reference for Stefano Dal Farra

Stand Against Drugs

The training activity took place
in Mezzano
organised by Comitato d'Intesa

Aims & objectives

The training course overall goal is to train youth workers and provide them with training and educational tools in community-based drug abuse prevention interventions aiming to change attitudes on consequences of drug abuse: weak parenting, school drop-outs, unsafe sexual practices, sexual and domestic violence, etc.
Thus, this training course will provide them with a step-by-step guide to counter drug abuse messages: learn how to plan, create and promote drug abuse prevention through counter narratives campaigns: building, presenting and spreading information and interventions designed to prevent youth from engaging in Online or Offline conversations that encourage them to abuse drugs in schools, community and on social media sites.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The project seeks to develop drug prevention knowledge, skills and attitudes of youth workers or teachers within the consortium. It is therefore, reflected on and maintained herein that each participant in this training course works directly with young people or adults.
This includes but not limited to: youth volunteers: migrants, asylum seekers or refugees, or youth workers: trainers, resources developers or practitioners and teachers within the consortium. To be more specific and clear, for a participant to take a part in the mobility activities, she or he must be a part of the administrative team of the sending partner or a part of the administrative team of local partner of the sending organisation.

Training methods used & main activities

At the successful completion of this training course, the participants:
1. have gained knowledge on drug abuse narratives analysis: youth engagement; framing the problem: alcohol, drugs and youth in local contexts:
a. they gain skills on counter-narratives: proactive solutions to counter drug abuse attitudes and behaviours.
b. They learn story-boarding and planning: understanding online environment, local realities, and language to use.
2. have developed their capacities to apply and design innovative counter narratives campaigns to engage with the audience and call for actions:
a. They gain knowledge on drug abuse narratives prevention: combating fake information on effects of drugs and addiction;
b. They learn how to develop targeted messaging, set up a targeted audience and how to interact with it: organise the content that is interesting enough to spark dialogue.
3. are familiar with developing, executing, controlling and evaluating counter drug abuse narratives campaigns:
a. they gain knowledge on how to elaborate a counter-narratives message: monitoring the contents of counter-narratives campaign;
b. they gain skills on Facebook page’s metrics: Awareness: number of people reached. And Engagement: people interacted with the campaign.

Outcomes of the activity

On successful completion of this training course, the participant will be able to:
1. illustrate, present and discuss drug abuse attitudes and counter drug abuse narratives analysis, as well as applied tools and techniques.
2. interpret, analyse and design innovative counter drug abuse narratives campaigns, which aims at changing drug abuse behaviors and attitudes among young people and call to actions.
3. initiate, execute and monitor and evaluate community-based drug abuse prevention interventions through Online counter drug abuse narratives campaigns.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the main trainer responsible for the activities.

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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