I wanted to let you all know about an upcoming event here at San Patrignano, focusing on young people, called "We Free". It is based around San Patrignano's own prevention campaign in schools (which happens year round) but also the quite large online community that has grown from it (especially on Facebook and our own forums www.wefree.it). The provisional programme can be downloaded here and a video trailer for the event can be viewed here - http://www.vimeo.com/29668208
On October 15, we will host over 2000 students from all over Italy who have participated in the campaign, to give them a chance to see first hand the work of Best Practices (especially youth-led NGOs) working with youth in preventing drugs use, violence, and promoting education and social integration. They will be here "live" to dance, rap, skate and in general "show ther stuff".
Here are three of the sixteen groups that will be present:
Skateistan: An NGO which built the first skate park in Kabul, will bring a group of young Afghan girls who have followed their project which combines sports education and trade/formal schooling for gilrs and boys in Afghanistan.www.skateistan.org
Equipo Jungla Colombia: a group of members of the jungle antinarcotics team from Colombia will build an exact interactive reproduction of a cocaine lab in the jungle here on site, to show how the traffic and production of this drug affects the environment and the Colombian people.
Breakdance Project Uganda: founded by a rapper and breakdancer, AbramZ (who lost both parents to AIDS), a breakdance crew which helps street children, orphans and former child soldiers stay away from violence and recieve education, also helping them express themselves through art and dance. http://www.bouncingcats.com/
In addition, we will be holding a round table discussion during the morning, with the participation of Mr Gilberto Gerra from UNODC. We will also have a video message from Gil Kerlikowke, Execuitve Director of the US ONDCP and a hostof other important names will be there as well. (I have attached the updated program as of today)
Here are a couple photos from last year, to give an idea.
Again, anyone is welcome, please contact me if you are interested in participating.
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