2021 Student Engagement - Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) - Malaysia
Empowering Youth for Drug-Free Community (EYDFC) is a drug preventive education programme that takes ‘From-Youth-to-Youth’ approach towards Malaysia's aspiration for a drug-free community. EYDFC is designed for students undertaking the Specialty on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Postgraduate Programme (SPADA) as a form of service-learning. This programme is aimed to alleviate drug addiction problem in community through psycho-educational trajectory.
In collaboration with academics and stakeholders, EYDFC mobilizes youths in drug-hotspot areas to empower the parties vulnerable to drug addiction with drug-related knowledge, skills, and preventive strategies. Since 2015, EYDFC has been conducted in four selected drug-hotspot areas in Peninsular Malaysia with more than 600 participation from youths. This programme delivers psycho-educational activities such as academic talks on drug with experts and authorities, modular training, outreach, and visitation to recovering drug addicts and their families.
EYDFC has successfully mobilized SPADA students to empower youths with multi-cultural backgrounds by equipping them with readiness to execute drug prevention programmes in their communities as well as establish a continuous partnership with stakeholders in addressing drug addiction issues in Malaysia.