The motivation for establishing APYN was the European Union’s Council of Health Ministers’ meeting in Stockholm in 2001 that stated the need to “increase young peoples involvement in youth health-related policies and action”, thus aiming to protect young people and reduce their hazardous and harmful drinking.
2004 – 2006
In 2004-2006 Eurocare in partnership with the European Youth Forum succeeded to implement this policy, through a project funded by the European Commission.
In 2006, having the support of ACTIS Norway and IOGT-NTO Sweden, the Norwegian and Swedish Government financed the European Youth Forum to convene a working group to produce a position paper on alcohol. The report recognized that youth organizations have an important role to play in influencing public policy to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm among young people.
In the light of this report, Alliance House Foundation then financed the setting up of “Alcohol Policy Youth Network” project, gathering representatives of National Youth Councils, European organizations and the European section of the International Federation of Medical Students to oversee the development of this network, having also support of the Institute of Alcohol Studies.
In March 2008, at the European Youth Center in Budapest, the Alcohol Policy Youth network was launched informally. During this Constitutive meeting we gave birth to the first ever all embracing youth network that prevents and reduces Alcohol related harm and identified the working areas that the future network would tackle, the needs that youth organisations must satisfy to be more involved in alcohol policy-making and its’ implementation, as well as developing the first action plan that has been revised and updated on the 2010′s annual coordination meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
In 2011, APYN finally became a formally established international non-governmental organization as a result of the two year project financed by the EU Health Programme (EAHC), co-financed by the International Organisation of Good Templars from Sweden (IOGT-NTO) and the Alliance House Foundation.
2012 – 2016
APYN has been awarded a number of project grants from the European Commission, out of which, the main are:
- in 2012 APYN organized the 1st European Alcohol Policy Youth Conference for around 100 young people from most of the European countries, which was financed by the European Commissions’ Youth in Action Programme and co-financed by the Slovenian Ministry of Health;
- in 2013, APYN has been working in the direction of a more effective and comprehensive alcohol policy in Europe in line with young people’s needs and suggestions, and for this we organized the 1st Regional European Alcohol Policy Youth Conference in December 2013, in Chisinau, Moldova, focused on the Eastern Europe and Caucasus countries;
- also in 2013, APYN got awarded a grant for a so-called “Triangle pilot project” that aims at connecting national public health stakeholders (excluding the alcohol industry) from three countries (Lithuania, Portugal, Slovenia) in developing effective and comprehensive national alcohol policy and develop guidelines for “triangles” establishment in other countries;
- for the 2013-2016 period APYN got another grant from the EU Health Programme to implement the project “Let it hAPYN” that aims at empowering the youth sector with a better overview of evidence-based Alcohol Intervention Programmes.
APYN member representatives gathered on 5th APYN General Assembly and Let it hAPYN Evaluation Meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia in May 2016 (photo above)
The 4th APYN General Assembly was in Edinburgh, Scotland in October 2015
APYN member representatives gathered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 3rd APYN General Assmebly and Let it hAPYN training course in September, 2014 (photo above)
APYN member representatives gathered on 2nd APYN General Assembly and Let it hAPYN Kick-off Meeting in Bursa, Turkey in May 2013 (photo above)
Representatives of the APYN establishing member gathered on 1st APYN General Assembly in Frankfurt, Germany in June 2012 (photo above)