Life Skills Training Through Sport To Prevent Crime, Violence And Drug Use - Trainer Manual. 8/2017

Published by UNODC

Sport and physical activity are vital to the development of young people as they foster their physical, social and emotional health. They can also provide positive experiences to both boys and girls, such as a sense of belonging, loyalty and support, and can promote  positive  changes  in  relationships  by  encouraging  collaboration,  understanding, tolerance  and  acceptance  between  participants  from  different  backgrounds.  What is more,  sport  has  clear  educational  benefits,  as  it  can  help  skills  development to empower  young  people  to  make  positive  changes  in  their  own  lives  and  their  communities.

The  Doha  Declaration,  adopted  at  the  thirteenth  United  Nations  Congress  on  Crime Prevention  and  Criminal  Justice held in Doha, Qatar,  in April 2015, stresses youth participation in crime  prevention efforts.  Responding  to  this  Declaration, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a global youth crime prevention initiative that uses the power of sport to build resilience in young people by enhancing their life skills, and to increase their knowledge of the consequences of substance use and crime, with a view to positively influencing their behaviour and attitudes, and preventing antisocial and risky behaviour. Besides awareness-raising, a key component is the development of this evidence-informed life skills training curriculum, Line Up Live Up, which can be used as part of existing sports programmes.

The  design of Line Up Live Up, including both programme and evaluation design, is evidence- informed and based on a ‘Theory of Change’ (see annex 1) that centres on the assumption that through the selected training methodology and risk factors addressed, the initiative will lead to short- and medium-term changes in attitudes and behaviour of young  people.  Through  these  changes,  the  programme  helps  them  to  stay  away from violence, crime and drug use. Ideally this life skills training programme is complemented by a larger set of community- based interventions in order to target all relevant risk factors in a young person’s life, including activities focusing on youth development more broadly.

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