12 August 2017 - Building on the work of the United Nations and others to help at-risk youth in marginalized communities avoid engaging in drugs, crime and violence, UNODC today launched its brand new Line Up Live Up Trainer Manual. Designed to assist coaches, trainers, youth workers and others looking to use sport as a vehicle to help 13 to 18 year olds cope with challenges in everyday life, the Trainer Manual has been designed for use in low resource settings across the globe.
The Trainer Manual specifically draws on sport as a positive influence for youth to develop their personal and social skills and aims to increase knowledge about the risks associated with crime, violence and drug use.
This approach reflects the Doha Declaration, adopted at the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in 2015, which stresses youth participation in crime prevention efforts. The tool, which has been developed as part of the resultant Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, is also closely linked with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which emphasizes sport's role for social progress and inclusion.
Comprising 10 sports-based exercises carefully designed to target a specific set of issues, the Trainer Manual ultimately addresses three key mediating factors:
The Training Manual is complemented by a set of instruction cards as well as a logbook for the participating youth. The latter will allow participants to record personal notes and observations that they can then go back to, as well as to score themselves on the skills addressed in the sessions, and monitor their own progress.