The Doha Declaration, adopted at the thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Doha, Qatar, in April 2015, stresses youth participation in crime prevention efforts. Responding to this Declaration, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a global youth crime prevention initiative that uses the power of sport to build resilience in young people by enhancing their life skills and to increase their knowledge of the consequences of substance use and crime, with a view to positively influencing their behavior and attitudes, and preventing antisocial and risky behavior. Besides awareness-raising, a key component is the development of this evidence-informed life skills training curriculum, Line Up Live Up, which can be used as part of existing sports programs.

The design of Line Up Live Up, including both program and evaluation design, is evidence-informed and based on a ‘Theory of Change’ that centers on the assumption that through the selected training methodology and risk factors addressed, the initiative will lead to short- and medium-term changes in attitudes and behavior of young people. Through these changes, the program helps them to stay away from violence, crime and drug use.