The 12th “To Be Number One Phuket” training session for local youth leaders was launched on June 6th 2014 at Sirinat National Park (Nai Yang Beach) in Amphoe Thalang. Governor Maitri Inthusut presided over the launch which was also attended by PPAO Chief Advisor – Samanasak Rattanasaenyanuparp, along with Deputy Chief of Phuket Public Health Office – Dr Prapornsri Narinrak, Deputy Director Phuket Area Primary Education Office – Anurak Rungrueng, guests, and youth leaders.
The training session for the 12th To Be Number One, which took place from June 6th – 8th at Sirinat National Park, is a campaign against drug abuse in young people initiated by HRH Princesss Ubolratana. This year, there were 52 participants comprising of 17 male and 35 female youths from eight institutions including Mueang Thalang, Satree Phuket, Chalerm Prakiat Phuket, Phuket Witayalai, Or Bor Jor Mueng Phuket schools as well as Phuket Polytechnic College and Rajbhat University Phuket.
There are three principles guiding the work of To Be Number One, which are: 1. Hands up those who use drugs, 2. Unique without using drugs, and 3. Build village, strengthen community. These principles form the core of the present training session whose main objectives are to forge good relationship between established and new youth leaders; develop skills in becoming effective leaders; raise awareness of the work of the To Be Number One. Course works include: group networking, emotional quotient, problem-solving skills, work process adopted by Soon Puen Jai Center, team work, consultation, leadership skills, among others.
The project centers around drug prevention campaign among youths, especially in the age group 10 – 24 years which is considered a high risk category. Local government has a strong policy on these issues and PPAO in particular has been financing To Be Number One projects on a regular basis.