A New Way to Engage Our Youth
Planet Youth represents a new approach to measurably improving the quality of life in a community.
It’s designed (and proven) to reduce or prevent drug and substance abuse and misuse among youth — while helping to build and strengthen communities. It was pioneered in Iceland over 20 years ago and is now in use in 27 countries worldwide. We want to bring this approach to life – with your help – here in Lanark County.
We are partnering with leaders in education, health-care, local governments, and police services, as well as various volunteer organizations, to achieve our collective goal of enhancing the quality of life and communities by preventing drug and substance abuse and misuse. Our steering committee includes leaders and policymakers from these sectors in our communities.
Our recommendations for actions will be based on clear evidence identified and resulting from in-depth and regular student surveys, and from reviewing proven policies and best practices from other jurisdictions.
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It is a new approach to identifying and establishing long-term, community-driven strategies that promote positive social and environmental change.
Some of the successful steps taken in Iceland and other countries include:
- removing barriers to positive activities and pursuits for youth
- bringing awareness to the public about the benefits of increased family time
- improving lines of communication between schools, parents, community organizations and youth.
Given the alarming increase in our communities of overdoses and fatalities related to drugs, and the legalization of recreational use of cannabis, we believe a new approach is required.
Planet Youth Lanark County is gearing up to work within our communities to make a difference – to truly ‘move the needle’ on the factors that lead to substance abuse in the first place. We believe in the power of a strong community, where people of all ages feel a sense of belonging, connection and purpose.
It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Not every community thinks or functions as a ‘village’, where there is a shared sense of responsibility for our youth and our elders. But together, here in Lanark County, we have the ability, through these efforts, to influence how we think, function and thrive as a community.
Promise and armed with evidence-based research and proven strategies, we will work together with other community stakeholders to ensure that the future is not only full of possibilities, but yields the benefits of communities, families and individuals that grow and flourish together.