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Millennium

Quality level: 1

Summary

The Millennium programme based in Rimini, a major holiday resort attractive to young people, offers special centres where young people can go to receive support and help. Opening in 2000, the project initially set its objectives at helping 50 young people per year but in 2002 it had already reached 1200.

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
selective
Setting:
community
Type of approach:
training for professionals
Target group:
children/young people
Age group:
15-25
Annual coverage:
1100
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, alcohol
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Italy
Start date:
19/09/2000
End date:
31/12/2002

Overall objective

Principal objectives: breakdown a complex disturbing situation in which the use of soft or synthetic drugs is a symptom, and reconstruct personal relationships and trust in respect to the adult world (formative institutions such as school and family,) and improve behaviour directly connected to drug and alcohol abuse. Furthermore; work to repair the interruption to school studies or work, helping with food disorders, loneliness, psychic disorder and attempted suicide (to at least 50 adolescents, offering them the possibility to benefit from the programme's actions towards a general and less problematic use.) Create a network connecting to the local services.

Abstract

The typology of our territory has for a long time made it necessary to concentrate attention on the drug phenomenon. The risk factors are high and more concentrated in certain periods of the year (summer, weekends, bank holidays) when the migration of masses of young people increases and with it also the damage and risk of social marginalisation. Also in suburban areas and in the outlying towns the growing tendency is to migrate towards the Riviera thus abandoning their home territory. At the same time, pushers and petty crime find ever more fertile ground in these places. The logic on which the Millennium Programme is based is intended to superseded the individual prevention programme, because it is our belief that constructing an active educational policy means that gainful employment, educational studies and healthy, safe leisure pursuits are possible for everyone. The intervention has two objectives: 1) Improving the quality of life (unspecific primary prevention.) The disturbances manifested by the youngsters is expressed in a plurality of needs which vary from the more usual relational difficulties to eating or sexual disorders, demonstrating even more the vulnerability of young people, often suffering loneliness and with a mixture of characteristic disturbances that require a multiple response. 2) The contrast between the use of illegal substances (drugs) and legal (alcohol and tobacco.) The objective is being pursued via the activation of two Youth Centres (RM25 and Casa Pomposa) which bring youngsters together in artistic, creative, work training and socialising experiences collaborating with adult instructors in the daily running and organisation of the locations, where they are able to re cover personal relationships of trust and affection with the adult world (formative institutions such as school and family,) damaged by the crisis of maladjustment linked to adolescence which can lead to drug abuse and other types of disturbance.

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