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ADAC and Alzheimer’s Australia (SA) receive an Honorable mention in the MENTOR international Prevention Awards - 28 Jun 2008

ADAC and Alzheimer’s Australia (SA) receive an Honorable mention in the MENTOR international Prevention Awards
ADAC and Alzheimer’s Australia (SA) receive an Honorable mention in the MENTOR international Prevention Awards for there AERF funded project “Strengthening Dementia Care in Indigenous Communities”

On Saturday 28th June 2008 the Second Mentor International Prevention Awards Gala was held at the Polo Club Saint-Tropez. Presented by Mentor's President, Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden.
These Awards recognised and celebrated promise and achievement in drug abuse prevention globally. 

The 2008 Awards were presented in three categories:

• The Achievement Award recognises a drug prevention project that has been operating for at least 3 years, is based on sound principles of prevention, and has demonstrated success through evaluation.
• The Innovation Award recognises a project that integrates innovative approaches based on sound principles of prevention that shows promise for achieving successful prevention outcomes.
• Finally, the 'Big Idea' Youth Award is awarded to a youth or group of young people that proposes a new and innovative prevention initiative that could be undertaken and evaluated. 

The winning projects were:

Achievement: Peer to Peer Prevention Programme, Ugandan Youth Development Link (UYDEL), Uganda 
The project beneficiaries are out of school vulnerable young people aged between 15 to 24 years in disadvantaged slum urban communities that are characterised by high crime rates, violence, HIV/AIDS, gambling, child labor, commercial sex work and illicit activities.
Runners Up:
De Sleutel, Belgium for their “EU-DAP Faculty: A European Network of Trainers Against Drug abuse: Unplugged”
CARE Clubs, Seychelles for their “Campaign for Awareness, Resilience and Education against Substance Abuse”
Associacao Prevenir, Portugal for their “Growing Up Playing” project.

Innovation: I Create My Own Future Myself, Vilnius Police Club for Children and Youth, Vilnius, Lithuania 
Although it is easier to deal with juvenile delinquency by focusing on children and youth who have violated the law using traditional methods, this project believes that the only truly effective method is to involve police in intensive preventive work with young people. To this end a unique Youth Club was established through the initiative of the Vilnius Police.

Runners Up:
East Africa Regional Youth Network, Kenya for their “Comprehensive Counseling and Referral Programme
The Houston Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Texas, USA for their “Student 2 student (S2S) Peer Mentor Program.

Youth Big Idea: Center for Smart Youth, Addictus-Philippines Youth Organization, Philippines 
To set up a centre of drug prevention and resistance for the out-of-school children and youth in a drug-infested urban community in Metro-Manila (Tatalon, Quezon City)

Runners Up:
Youth and Women Empowerment (YAWE) Foundation, Fort Portal, Uganda with their “Youth behavior change communication training and drug abuse awareness project
Eastern Africa Regional Youth Network, Kenya with their “Dance 254” project.

The following organizations will be receiving special certificates of “Honorable Mention” for their project applications:

Movimentro de Saúde Mental Comunitária do Bom jardim, Brazil
Operation UNITE, UK
Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Springfield, USA
Tactus, Addiction Treatment Institute, The Netherlands
Action on Addiction, UK
Swiss National Youth Council, Switzerland
Prevention First, New Jersey, USA
Friends-International (FI), USA
Alzheimer’s Australia and Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Council (SA) Inc, South Australia
A-Clinic Foundation, Finland
Odd Squad Productions Society, Canada
JellinekMentrum, The Netherlands
STEP (Smart Traveller Empowerment Project), UK
Movimento de Saúde mental Comunitária do Bom Jardim, Brazil

Please note that all applicants will receive brief feedback from Mentor on their project application hopefully by the end of September 2008.

I would like to thank you all for applying for the Mentor International Prevention Awards 2008 and hope you will feel able to apply again when our next Award takes place. I welcome ongoing communication with you so that we can share our work with others and help to support the need for effective prevention activities around the world.

All good wishes
Jeff Lee
Executive Director The Mentor Foundation


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