Doctors to Children

Context: 30% of St. Petersburg’s street youth are HIV positive. The use of alcohol and illegal drugs by street and at-risk youth in St. Petersburg is a leading cause of juvenile crimes, as youth commit crimes (usually theft) to support their substance use.

Organization: Doctors to Children is an award winning organisation offering direct health and life skill focused programmes and training government and other NGO service providers in best practices for meeting the needs of marginalised young people in Russia. DTC historically has offered a variety of programmes that follow a similar successful cycle: design or adapt an approach for a specific population, evaluate and refine, raise awareness and train state social workers, and work towards government uptake. In this way, DTC aims to have all of its programs effective, sustainable and scalable. 

Current grant: EMpower’s 7th grant to Doctors to Children supports the continuation and further development of the Mature Steps approach which will see the organization work with 400 young people who are in trouble with the law and provide them with the training and skills they need to lead independent productive lives away from crime. DTC will also conduct a process to develop a strategic plan for the period after 2017.

Russia Contact: Svetlana Suvorova Contact Email: svetlana.suvorova@vd-spb.ru Website: http://www.vd-spb.ru/index.php?lang=eng# Year Established: 2001