The Planet Youth model was developed in Iceland and is currently being adapted and implemented in countries around the world. When the model was created more than 20 years ago, Iceland’s youth substance use rates were the worst in Europe. Today, they are the best in the world.
The beauty of the Planet Youth model is that it can be modified to meet the specific needs of each community in which it is implemented. This means Planet Youth in Ireland will look different than Planet Youth in Argentina.
One thing that is consistent: The Planet Youth model relies on a collaborative effort from our entire community to be successful—local youth, parents, caregivers, teachers, schools, communities, agencies, governments, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.
Through new ways of working together in a coordinated effort, we can leverage the strengths and resources of individuals, organizations, and sectors to achieve our vision of raising youth up, together.