Island Health’s Youth Harm Reduction Award, to be given annually, was inspired by three high school students in the Greater Victoria region whose commitment and passion allowed them to attain their goal of providing harm reduction training in their school. Their motivation to make a difference came following the fatal illicit drug poisoning of a friend. This award honours their dedication to advancing knowledge and creating awareness to help reduce the risk of harm for themselves and for other young people.
Winners receive $1,000 (total) and a framed certificate for each recipient. Applicants must be under 19 and live in any community in the Island Health region, including the southern Gulf Islands. Applications will be reviewed beginning in April, with the winning submission announced in June.
We look forward to hearing from other young people about innovative and impactful harm reduction projects they are leading in their communities.