WeFree Days 2019

WeFree Days Momento Action
October 8th and 9th, 2019

The Community of San Patrignano has been carrying out the “WeFree” project for years. It is a wide network of prevention interventions on the national territory focused on “peer-to-peer education”, with the involvement of young people from the Community itself.

The “WeFree Days”, an event conceived and created thanks to the contribution of the community’s guests, represents the annual opening of this activity. The 2019 edition will be held on 8 and 9 October in San Patrignano, two days dedicated to exploring issues relating to drug addiction and youth social distress. Our goal is to stimulate a constructive dialogue that proposes alternatives to the rampant tendency to deal with the drug problem superficially.

The event will be attended by about 3,000 students from high schools throughout Italy, alongside Italian and international representatives of the institutions, of associations active in the social field together with personalities from the world of sport, culture and entertainment.

The WeFree Days is divided into five thematic areas: Forum, Theatre, ForumIo, Experience and Action.

Program

Tuesday, October 8th

10:00 > WeFree show

In the auditorium of San Patrignano Community will be staged the theatrical shows conceived and realized by San Patrignano. Aimed at prevention, they have as protagonists the boys ang girls of the Community participating in the “WeFree” project. True stories are told from the stage, and  in the 2019-2020 school year, together with the other WeFree activities, they will reach about 50,000 students throughout Italy.

10:00 > Meeting/Testimony

Federico Samaden presents his autobiographical book  ‘Fotogrammi stupefacenti’. With Maurizio Fugatti, president of the autonomous province of Trento

11:00 > The importance of Training

Lorenzo Luciani,  Head of courses and training, San Patrignano
Prof. Massimo Colombo, Director of Translational research center in hepatology, Humanitas research Hospital
Delivery of OSS Course diplomas

followingWeFree Award
Andrea Segrè, Full professor of International agricultural politics

12:15 > Action

The Action moment represents a concrete commitment by all the event  participants, speakers, students, teachers and the San Patrignano guests, making a collective gesture to become “ambassadors” of positive messages addressed to young people all over the world.

12:45/13:00 > Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 > Forumio. Meetings with students

Space dedicated to meeting and listening, where people from the world of culture, entertainment and sports meet the students participating in the two days of the event, telling them about their experience to achieve goals and realize dreams, and discussing social issues.

Forumio n.1
Pastor Bruno Taioli, italian-brazilian skater
Alberto Meroni, author, “Discovering oneself Down”. A life story of studies, work, food and sport told bay Alberto and his father Ezio

Forumio n. 2
Presentation of the book of short stories written by San Patrignano’s boys and girls published by Mondadori, winner of Campiello Prize
Gabriele Monti, actor

14:00 – 17:00 > Experience. Interactive workshops with students

Experience teaches. And entertains. A large area of San Patrignano Community is transformed into a large laboratory of artistic creations. Different workshops will have as protagonists the guests of San Patrignano ready to involve students in various activities. Music, design, art, movement and speech become simple, fun and engaging tools to help young people discover a world full of emotions and true sensations, and to help them find the strength to be free and give voice to their own. ‘Free hair’, ‘One planet one future and WeFree’, ‘Leave the mark’, ‘#selfree’, ‘#healthyfun’, ‘Keep the time’, ‘Wires of wine’, ‘Flowers and decorations’, ‘Four-legged friends’, ‘Reflections’, ‘Together you can – Sanpa Singers and Orchestra Pepita’ are just some of the activities that students will do together to represent themselves and their passions.
In addition, students will be able to participate in road safety activities and canine shows proposed by the COISP (Police Union).

Wednesday, October 9th

10:00 > WeFree show

WeFree Schools – Award ceremony

The prize will be awarded to the three schools of Emilia-Romagna region that have joined the pilot project “Tutor for the prevention of addictions”, included in school-work alternation project and carried out by San Patrignano in collaboration with UnionCamere Emilia-Romagna and Regional School Office for Emilia Romagna – Ministry of Education, University and Research. The project, in addition to creating an organic connection between educational institutions and the world of work, aims to stimulate the sense of responsibility and social commitment that young boys and girls will assume in front of their peers in promoting healthy lifestyles, far from risky behavior.
Liceo Carducci – Ferrara
Liceo Alighieri – Ravenna
Liceo Serpieri – Rimini
UnionCamere Emilia Romagna

10:00 > Forum

Fighting drug addiction: back to the past or new challenges?
While in the United States there is a real epidemic due to opiates, even in Italy we are witnessing an increase in overdose due to heroin and synthetic opioids, especially among the very young. New phenomenon or tragic recrudescence of a problem that seemed only a distant memory? What are the possible solutions? What the possible contribution of the communities? What are the alternatives we can offer to young people?

Speakers

Antonio Boschini, Vicepresident, San Patrignano Community
Mario Pollo, Sociologist, former Professor of general and social pedagogy and psychology of new dependencies
John Avery, MD, Director of Addiction Psychiatry; Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Enrico Coppola, Presidente, AGA (Parents against drugs association)
Franco Gabrielli, Chief of Italian State Police, General Director of Public security department
Moderator: Viviana Daloiso, journalist, Avvenire

Following
WeFree Award Ceremony
Every year the WeFree Award is given for the commitment to protect human and young people rights.

Antonio Pignataro, Police Chief in Macerata, for the committment and courage in fighting drugs traffick.
Luca Bernardo, Francesca Maisano, authors of the book “Sottopelle” about the firs center specialized in youth distress

13:00 > Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 > Forumio. Meetings with students

Forumio n.1
Massimiliano Sechi, 31, Cagliari. Born without arms and legs, he is World champion of electronic games. “I teach to be happy, without excuses”.

Forumio n.2
Simona Ventura, television presenter
Simone Finetti, young chef, Masterchef Italia, Masterchef All Stars

Forumio n.3
Didi Gnocchi, documentary filmmaker and founder 3D Produzioni

14:00 – 17:00 >Experience. Interactive workshops with students

Experience teaches. And entertains. A large area of San Patrignano Community is transformed into a large laboratory of artistic creations. Different workshops will have as protagonists the guests of San Patrignano ready to involve students in various activities. Music, design, art, movement and speech become simple, fun and engaging tools to help young people discover a world full of emotions and true sensations, and to help them find the strength to be free and give voice to their own. ‘Free hair’, ‘One planet one future and WeFree’, ‘Leave the mark’, ‘#selfree’, ‘#healthyfun’, ‘Keep the time’, ‘Wires of wine’, ‘Flowers and decorations’, ‘Four-legged friends’, ‘Reflections’, ‘Together you can – Sanpa Singers and Orchestra Pepita’ are just some of the activities that students will do together to represent themselves and their passions.
In addition, students will be able to participate in road safety activities and canine shows proposed by the COISP (Police Union).