Planet Youth Lanark County
We are a steering committee of dedicated volunteer Community Stakeholders.
What we believe: Drug prevention is possible!
- The Icelandic Model can work in Lanark County and Smiths Falls.
- Research evidence shows that a PREVENTION APPROACH is the key to delaying the initiation of substance use.
What we WANT: Increased Community Safety & Well-Being
This approach benefits EVERY facet of our Communities.
We evolved from many meetings starting in February of 2017 with many stakeholders. The more we learned the more we came to believe that the Icelandic Solution for preventing youth problematic substance use could work in Lanark County and Smiths Falls.
What does Planet Youth Lanark County Do?
At this time Planet Youth LANARK COUNTY is:
- creating awareness and building community capacity through presentations, website, FaceBook etc.
- raising funds to implement the Guidance Program offered by Planet Youth (ICSRA) … see below
- collaborating with School Boards to conduct surveys of grade 10 students
In the future PLANET Youth LANARK COUNTY will:
- contract the 5-year Guidance Program with Planet Youth (ICSRA)
- facilitate the distribution of the surveys once the school boards have approved the means and method
- distribute the data results
we propose local Municipal Drug Strategy (MDS) Committees receive the reports and use the results to identify local solutions.
Planet Youth was developed by ICSRA (Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis). The programme has been supported from the outset by ECAD (European Cities Against Drugs) and The City of Reykjavík. The patron of the programme is the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. The programme’s principal sponsor for the past 10 years has been Actavis Group.
The Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis (ICSRA) was founded in 1999 in collaboration with the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, and municipalities throughout Iceland. Since then, ICSRA has conducted a national Youth in Iceland program of surveys among 10-20-year-old children and adolescents, consisting of extensive data collection and information dissemination concerning family and adolescent welfare. Part of this effort was designed to inform the need for population-wide primary prevention through research aimed at arresting and reversing observed increases in adolescent substance use.
The three key aims of ICSRA are:
- to advance and distribute knowledge on the social determinants of health, well-being and behaviour of young people
- to enhance the quality of life of young people by improving health and well-being through the process of education and social change and
- to create a venue for collaboration of scholars; specifically, for the education and training of young scholars.
ICSRA is located at Reykjavik University (RU), a vibrant international university with 500 faculty members and around 3,000 students.