Unemployment in the United Kingdom affects 1 out of 7 young people, half of whom are young women. That rate is three times higher than the national average for all ages combined. For these young people, unemployment often goes hand in hand with low self-confidence, lack of physical activity, mental health issues or alcohol abuse. Street League was founded in 2003 to use sports as a way to help 16- to 25-year olds find training or employment.
By combining soccer with more traditional classes to improve employability, as well as meetings with professionals, Street League was reaching a clientele that was 93% masculine. Because girls are just as affected as boys by unemployment, in 2014 the charity decided to develop a special program for them.
The idea of using soccer stadiums as places of learning is based on the British “Study Support Centre” model, which utilises young people’s enthusiasm for the sport to encourage them to take up educational offers.
Since 2010 the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been working in conjunction with the Bundesliga-Stiftung (German federal soccer league foundation) to fund centres of civic education in soccer stadiums in towns and cities such as Dortmund, Bochum, Bremen, Berlin, Bielefeld, Gelsenkirchen, Frankfurt, Dresden, Rostock, Braunschweig, and Nürnberg.
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These learning centres are aimed at school students, particularly from Hauptschulen, in grades seven to ten and young soccer fans in general. The idea is to use the atmosphere of the stadium to appeal to the types of young people on whom traditional educational services generally have little impact.
Right Here was a five-year, £6m initiative jointly managed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation that ran from 2009 to 2014. It aimed to develop new approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the UK aged 16 to 25 focusing on intervening early to help young people at risk of developing mental health problems and to tackling the stigma associated with mental health that often prevents young people seeking help.
In the link here you can find out more through articles co-authored by Mark Brown and Susan Blishen which focus upon the practical lessons learnt by Right Here about ways to manage, develop, evaluate and carry out youth work-led mental health projects for young people.
Adessium Foundation is supporting Critical Mass’s activities as part of its commitment to contribute to a respectful society. The support has enabled the organization to develop the Expeditie VRIEND&VIJAND exhibit and make it available to schools. Because the exhibit is mobile, schools throughout the Netherlands can pay a visit.
Critical Mass activities and installations are always interactive. By working this way, information is absorbed more easily, and people are triggered to think actively about the subjects they present. Their volunteers are trained specifically to guide this process of education, and to avoid moral judgment. Critical Mass believes that participants should be given the freedom and time to put their own positions into words, and express them in open discussion.
Critical Mass hopes that Expeditie VRIEND&VIJAND has helped and will continue to help to teach students how to interact constructively with diversity and conflict at school and in society. The goal is for the reach ten thousand students per year in 2014 and 2015. Working with the University of Amsterdam’s social psychology department, Critical Mass is studying the project’s effectiveness. Their analysis investigates the degree to which the project encourages young people to exhibit new behaviour at and outside of school.
Superar allows young people to experience the importance and beauty of making music and dancing together. Within a friendly and supportive atmosphere, children and teenagers develop themselves freely in school, enhancing their key life skills: self-confidence, respect, discipline, a sense of community and a sense of responsibility.
Music, dancing and orchestra classes take place almost daily for children and teenagers in kindergartens, schools and community centres.
“We support Superar because we have been infected by the enthusiasm it has sparked in everyone involved. When children suddenly discover skills and talents they have not previously been aware of, when parents beam with pride, when concert goers see just how diverse our society is on stage, while listening to the harmonious sounds this diversity can create, when brilliant artists meet people from completely different living environments and feel enriched by them – then integration becomes reality and is not merely an empty phrase. Superar inspires you to come together!” – Doraja Eberle, President and CEO of ERSTE Foundation
Along the shores of the Mediterranean the effects of the economic crisis are still being felt with high levels of youth unemployment and a lack of opportunities.
Where the local communities are bereft of economic activity and upward mobility is scarce, innovative social entrepreneurs committed to making positive social change are assuming a pivotal role in the creation of a more promising future for all.
Entrepreneurs for Social Change (E4SC) is a project aimed at supporting young social entrepreneurs from the Euro-Mediterranean area whose business activities seek to create employment opportunities and promote non-violent social change. The E4SC project was devised by the Fondazione CRT in collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Through a week of training and 9 months of mentoring, 20 young social entrepreneurs from the MENA region are given the chance to acquire the business, funding, marketing and intercultural understanding needed to help take their businesses to the next level and create positive social impact.
here is the link for the Webdoc on La Stampa’s website which gives a brief outline of the 2014 participants social initiatives:
The Evens Foundation and the University of Peace in Belgium have invented the Belfedar, a cooperative board game for 4 to 8 players over the age of 10. The game encourages constructive communication, cooperation and group solidarity.
The Belfedar website is now available in four languages: Dutch, French, Polish and Spanish. It provides information and inspiration on how to develop social skills for managing conflict and preventing violence through engaging in playful exercises.
Part pop-up festival, part skills course, and part innovation challenge, TestTown is a 7-day enterprise programme for young people aged 16 to 30. The competition looks for highly creative, innovative ideas to stretch the public’s imagination of what a town centre is. TestTown doesn’t judge concepts on how much money they will generate – rather it rewards innovative thinking, enterprising minds and risk taking.
TestTown is about giving the next generation of entrepreneurs the support to realise their potential while demonstrating how high streets benefit from imaginative thinking. The project provides unique trading space, specialist advice and development funding.