Welcome to the VIDA project. What does VIDA stand for? VIDA means Vital Information for Drug Awareness. Through the VIDA project, we aim to work with young people and their youth workers across Europe to raise their awareness of how drugs affect young people in Europe, and to build their understanding to be able to address this issue.
Young people nowadays deal with a range of complex stimuli and confront issues such as climate change, online bullying, mental health and complex social pressures; however, the issue of drugs remains. In this context, education that reaches out to young people directly on platforms they engage with plays a vital role in assisting them to make informed choices and avoid addiction. The VIDA project will provide Interactive Infographics, as well as a a suite of educational materials, which have been purposely-designed to address drug awareness.
Over the next two years we aim to develop 12 interactive infographics, which youth workers can use with young people in their groups, to address drug awareness and the impact that drugs can have on young people’s lives.
What are interactive infographics? Interactive infographics are graphic posters that are interactive! By this we mean that these posters will contain QR codes and links, to bring young people and youth workers to a series of educational videos, games and quizzes, that will help them raise their awareness of how to define the problem and plan suitable intervention and prevention strategies in relation to the issue of drugs in our communities.
Throughout the course of the VIDA project, we will also train youth workers to be able to develop their own Interactive Infographics; meaning that they can apply this method to a range of different topics and issues they address through their youth practice.