International Activities Fund - SSDP
Support the International Activities Fund!
Ending the War on Drugs requires a global student movement, so Students for Sensible Drug Policy supports youth activists in more than 33 countries on every habitable continent. We recognize that the War on Drugs is a crisis that goes beyond borders, and we aim to support and empower all young people who want to change drug laws in their local community, their country, and at the United Nations. Check out our collection of blog posts (coming soon!) to learn more about what SSDPers are doing to make a difference in their countries.
Outside the US, cultural differences in philanthropy, campus life, and political engagement mean that students and young people in other areas of the world do not always have access to the same resources that our members in the United States use every day. There are far fewer opportunities for fundraising due to lack of support from academic institutions, heavy stigma surrounding drug policy reform, or economic hardship, especially in those countries hardest hit by the US’ supply-reduction efforts. To ensure that our international members are able to participate in SSDP at the same level as our students in the US, SSDP launched in 2018 an International Activities Fund to bolster our ongoing investments, reducing barriers to successful organizing by offering greater financial support to our international chapters.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 this year to support our international chapters. Please consider donating to the International Activities Fund today and help us support young people all over the world who understand that the War on Drugs is a war on us.
Your donations will support activities outside of the US and directly fund things like
- Events (i.e. space rental, transportation, and meals))
- Travel reimbursements (i.e. traveling to United Nations events to represent SSDP)
- Print materials
- Regional conferences
- International SSDP conference scholarships
- Global Fellows, staff contractors who will support and mobilize SSDP chapters in Africa, Latin America, and Europe
In order to request money from the fund, chapters will submit a budget proposal to SSDP staff. This proposal will include a description of the event or project along with a budget that specifically outlines how they will be using the funds. Proposals will be reviewed by the International Program Manager and economic necessity will be heavily considered when making final decisions on where to allocate funds. Interested chapters should be on the lookout for a call for proposals in August, or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be updated on when proposals are open. Part of the fund will be reserved for members interested in attending the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna next March, which is also doubling as a High Level Ministerial Segment on drugs. Interested members will notify the International Program Manager by December 2018 and be selected based on previous SSDP engagement, geographical diversity, and economic need.