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Praxis-Projekt Lettland

School programme for youth at risk

The school programme for youth at risk is conducted by the Riga Addiction Prevention Centre (RAPC).

Project Details

Access path/Ways of referral

  • School asks for help after drug/alcohol related incidents,
  • School director/other staff areinformed about programs. If they regardit useful, they form groups.
  • Children's home
  • Personal invitations by RAPC social workers to students to get support in typical youths problems

Target Group

  • CYouths who smoke, use alcohol and could start to experiment with drugs. In addition they are truants and  teachers can not cope with them

Objectives of the project

  • To change behaviour of the target group
  • To develop protective skills
  • To inform about negative consequences of substance use

Elements of the offer

  • Being noticed in educational institutions
  • Being noticed in school
  • Educational institutions form groups of students
  • Work with the group (10-12 students work 12-15 sessions that last 1.5 hours each) leaded by RAPC

Contents of the intervention/activity

  • Introduction, getting to know each other, self-control, the risk of drug/alcohol/tobacco use, confidence, communication, saying "no", life skills, healthy life style


  • Group discussions, role plays, case analysis, theoretical informations

Gender-specific aspects

  • none

Organizational Information

Circulation/number of sites

  • Riga

Qualification of the staff and personell expenditure of time

  • Specially trained social workers, educational psychologists
  • 2/3 of day time per week per person (trainer) per group


  • No Information

Methodology and results of evalution

  • No evaluation done up to now


Stepping stones/pitfall

  • "The success of work depends on the school institutions, where the groups have been trained. They (personell of institution) have to continue cooperation with trained students. It is not so in many cases.
  • "Sometimes it is hard to motivate clients to stay in a group. At the beginning there are 10 students, 6 at the end of work"
  • "We organized groups at our premises, but the attendance was lower as it is at school"


  • RAPC have trained school social workers, who can use the programme by themselves in the institution they are working. This case has not been described.