Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Webradio & soundstudio give new life meaning to many ex drug addicts that follow KETHEAs' therapeutic programs. For Maria, a teenager that experienced drug addiction and tried many times in the past to overcome her problem, the webradio offered her a new window in life. "By doing drugs one has the illusion that he belongs to a group. The webradio team, is a true family for me. Once per week, in order to develop the radio program, we exchange ideas, improvise, find solutions, persist, laugh, share feelings and fears. We create a radio program, as a team. We connect with people, open up to society, learn how to express ourselves, help others, stop feeling alone. It is a unique life experience that I would like to pass it on to others as well"
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
KETHEA STROFI webradio started broadcasting on December 20th 2010. During these years, almost 150 people joined the webradio team, and on a week basis attend radio lessons for 6 hours (on sound, voice characteristics, recording, radio programming) and produce a weekly webradio program. Almost 1/3 of the group members exchange this knowhow with their peers and help as volunteers in the management of the radio station. During 2013, 50 well known musicians, singers, actors and artists were invited to the radio show EPI TOPOU STROFI which is created by KETHEA STROFI webradio team and hosted weekly by ERA (the Greek public radio station). This resulted in 30 one-hour radio shows that disseminated prevention messages about drug addiction, through well known "embassadors", and provided the perfect proof that ex drug addicts can fully and actively reintegrate in society.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
In order for the webradio to be the main communication channel among vulnerable social groups and a best practice example of vocational training, it should "travel" throughout Greece, in remote villages and islands, in prison settings, even in hospitals. The creation of a "mobile radio studio" could serve this goal. Another fundamental strategy for the future, is the self funding of the project. The creation of a hitech sound studio, run by ex drug addicts - experts in recording techniques- and given to music bands under a symbolic price, will safeguard the sustainability of the project.