Civil Association Exchanges – Armstrong Foundation
La Salle School, González Catán
DONT ABUSE is a device to address the problematic use of drugs and promote healthy links with adolescents in situations of social vulnerability in the school environment. It began operating in mid-2012, its main objective is to integrate preventive work, based on a daily and participatory educational practice, with therapeutic work with those adolescents who present a problematic use of drugs. The proposal aims to promote health and the development of adolescents’ abilities to efficiently manage the risks inherent in the evolutionary stage and the socio-cultural context in which they find themselves, offering friendly listening and orientation spaces.
The activities are organized in 5 programs:
Social Values and Skills Program (workshops): series of 8 meetings for the development of values and beliefs and their transformation into skills so that adolescents can take care of themselves and manage risks effectively and prevent the problematic use of drugs. It is applied in the different courses between second and third year; and outside the school space, in social and community organizations that have already formed groups of teenagers.
Health Promoters Program: based on the principles of networking and that “no one cares for or damages himself”, it aims to extend messages and care practices regarding the use of drugs among peers, promoting participation in workshops existing and in the Listening Center. It includes peer education activities, dissemination work in school spaces and in other neighborhood organizations accompanied by referent adults.
Work program with adult references: includes guidance and listening, group reflection spaces, specific training, and work with teams from other organizations in the territory. Community communication program: includes the realization of graphic and video campaigns, debate cinema, open radio and the production and realization of a radio program on community radio that is in the school.
Listening Center: for the participation and voluntary attention of adolescents that require a space to talk about the different issues that conflict with their daily lives: family ties and courtships; drug’s use; peer relationship; conflicts with the school context, work projection, weekend violence, among others. Open to referring adults. Space for immediate listening, orientation, accompaniment and, if necessary, referral to spaces of greater complexity. Includes individual orientation and open participatory space.