Frequently Asked Questions
What you need to know.
Planet Youth Lanark County promotes a new approach to identify and establish long-term, community-driven strategies that promote positive social and environmental change.
We propose to do this by engaging Planet Youth (ICSRA)’s guidance program. It is five years in length and brings the methods, support materials, data collection and analysis. The methods used are identical to the program we have successfully delivered in Iceland.
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.
- Planet Youth Lanark County and MDS Steering Committees receive the data from Planet Youth Guidance to identify the scope of the problem.
- Action shifts to the local MDS committees to disseminate and discuss the data with their communities.
- Local action is implemented based on the data through collaboration with local MDS committees, stakeholders and policy makers.
- The impact of local activities is measured through subsequent surveys. Local MDS committees use future reports to continuously strengthen action plans.
Anyone who works in health, education, recreation. Anyone who has children, has grandchildren, knows children, works with children. Anyone who employs youth, sells to youth, teaches youth. The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker … the community.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
- They are the ones doing the surveys. It is their voice that determines where our community is in terms of risk and protective factors.
- Once the survey process is started and results are forthcoming it will be up to individual communities to include their Youth in the solution process.
A healthy (community) is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources that enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and in developing to their maximum potential.
(Hancock and Duhl, 19862)
Our community as a whole becomes stronger, healthier and supportive by working together. Using an evidence-based approach to pinpoint what physical and social environments our community needs to strengthen will save time and money. Prevention methods are really about creating an environment where everyone feels safe, cared for and valued. That is a healthy community. People who grow up in a healthy community are more likely to become healthy and contributing adults.
- Become informed.
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- Contact your local MDS committee
- Talk to your Mayor and councillors
- Talk to your friends – spread the word
- Ask questions – Email us at email@example.com