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BGZ MEETS WITH THE SENATE FOR EDUCATION, YOUTH AND FAMILY (February 2024)

On February 12, 2024, a meeting took place between the BGZ and the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family, a strategically important associated partner of the project, as part of the Erasmus+ youth project Access. The meeting, which took place with colleagues from Department III – Youth and Child Protection, State Youth Welfare Office, provided an ideal platform to present the current status of the project and discuss important topics.

In conversation with Elke Brachaus, a representative of the Senate Department, Access project manager Tiziana Destino was able to discuss the following important points for the further development of the project:

1. Capacity building guide (best practice): The exchange of best practice between administration and providers in Berlin to strengthen capacity, based on the “Capacity Building Guide” developed in the project.

2. Integration of young refugees: The topic is very relevant for Berlin. Experiences made by the project partner Fundacion Musol in Valencia as part of a case study on the integration of young refugees (e.g. Roma communities) can provide valuable impetus for Berlin.

3. Sustainability issues and strengthening links with the global South for disadvantaged young people: This is another topic that the Senate Administration is very interested in and here too the project can contribute with experience and good examples. The administration’s focus of interest is on promoting sustainability skills, especially among disadvantaged young people, with a particular focus on girls. The cooperation partner Südwind from Vienna conducts workshops on the topic of “My cell phone” as part of the project. The conception and design of the workshops offers numerous starting points for the promotion of green skills and can provide impulses for Berlin, based on the know-how of Südwind, gained in the case study from Vienna “My cell phone”.

4. Youth involvement and participation: In addition, the correct implementation of youth involvement and participation is an important topic for the Senate Administration. Here, the Access project and the Berlin partner BIS e.V. provide important expertise and insights; an exciting case study has been produced as part of this project that addresses precisely this question.

5. “Social space oriented youth work” with a focus on street social work in international comparison: A comparison of street social work in different countries would be interesting for the Senate Administration to identify best practices and share experiences.
The meeting proved to be extremely fruitful as it allowed for the exchange of ideas and best practices to further promote the “Access” project and foster the integration of young people in NEET situations into society in Berlin and the other partner municipalities. It also demonstrated the commitment of the parties involved to creating positive change in youth work.

ACCESS PROJECT: CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS OF THE 2030 AGENDA

“In line with the United Nations’ Agenda 2030, the Access project is deeply committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, serving as a guiding force in our endeavors. Our core objectives resonate with these universal goals, emphasizing the empowerment of disadvantaged young people and their integration into society. We strive to provide equitable access to opportunities, fostering social inclusion, participation, and the development of digital skills. Our collaborative efforts extend across Berlin, Vienna, and Valencia, working harmoniously with local communities, national entities, and international partners. All stakeholders must embrace the spirit of Agenda 2030, dedicating themselves to transformative actions that contribute meaningfully at local, national, and international levels. Through Access, we aim to create a ripple effect of sustainable transformation, encouraging diverse entities to invest in the potential of young people and unite in achieving our shared goals.”

Federación Valenciana de Municipios y Provincias

Agenda 2030 Alignment

INTERIM CONCLUSION (January 2024)

FVMP / Musol

Reflecting on the past year, the Federación Valenciana de Municipios y Provincias (FVMP), in partnership with MUSOL, has made significant progress in empowering vulnerable youth within the ACCESS Erasmus+ project. Particularly notable was our work in the 613 Viviendas neighborhood of Burjassot, where we utilized video games as a novel tool to address social issues under the “Barris Inclusius” program. This innovative approach enabled young participants to engage with and articulate the challenges within their communities, fostering awareness and stimulating valuable discussions. Our efforts gained local media attention, with features on radio and in newspapers, helping to broaden the impact and reach of our initiatives.

In the last quarter of 2023, we conducted several online meetings, which played a pivotal role in fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among all project partners. These virtual gatherings proved essential in maintaining our momentum and ensuring coordinated efforts. A key focus during this period was integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our work. We developed documents and strategies to align the ACCESS Erasmus+ project with the Agenda 2030, which included refining our strategy document and capacity-building guide. These are crucial components of our transferable model for working with youth in vulnerable situations and will be instrumental in our ongoing efforts.

Südwind / VHS

From January to April 2023, we successfully met three more times with our young people from the sounding board at the Vienna Adult Education Centre (VHS Vienna) and finalised the further development of a workshop developed by and with the young people themselves. The ideas, thoughts, criticisms, wishes,… were collected and the workshop on “The journey of my mobile phone” was prepared for practical application. Activities, work instructions, tasks, materials and methods were adapted as much as possible to the wishes of the young people. This was an attempt to meet the needs of young people who do not come into contact with sustainable and global issues through formal education. The aim is to pick up these young people in their social space and make them aware of these issues, show them possible courses of action and motivate them to think about their own options.

The result is a workshop that can be offered by our organisation for educational institutions.
In 2023, two successful multiplier events were also held in Vienna, where some valuable contacts were made. The associated meetings of all the project’s partner organisations were very inspiring and also very unifying on a personal level.

We also worked diligently on the final result of our case study and implemented the feedback from the sounding board participants. The “Script for Youth Workers”, a guide for youth workers to design their own workshop on sustainable and global topics, is currently being finalised. This script is intended to offer the opportunity to reach young people outside of formal education to engage in Global Citizenship Education with them in order to support them in becoming active and responsible citizens.

BIS / GDLB

In the exciting year 2023, BIS e.V. and GDLB took significant steps to advance our joint project. A central activity was the execution and thorough evaluation of our case study. The insights and experiences gained directly contributed to the development of an initial draft for the Case Study Result – a workbook that consolidates our findings and creates space for empowerment and self-reflection.

Another highlight was the inspiring project meetings held in various locations across Europe. From Valencia (2022) to Berlin and Vienna (2023), these gatherings were characterized by intense collaborative work, joy, and a strong sense of community. The opportunity to collaborate with outstanding European partners not only broadened our perspectives but also instilled a deep sense of gratitude for the diversity and quality of collaboration.

With enthusiasm, we look back at the already achieved results and look forward to sharing both the already developed and future outcomes of our joint Access project with other interested individuals from all over Europe. This shared journey of knowledge and exchange not only strengthens our partnerships but also contributes to building a broader community of like-minded individuals who can be inspired by the progress made.

FEEDBACK BY THE TARGET GROUP (AUGUST 2023)

Access is committed to empower disadvantaged young people in Berlin, Vienna and Valencia by fostering their digital skills, engaging them to make responsible choices in their lives and to become actively included in their communities, enhancing their sense of connectedness to the environment and to the world.
To celebrate youth in the international youth day we collected a few voices of our beneficiaries:

1) From MUSOL, Valencia: “I’m glad I came because I like video games and I could learn how to develop them.”

2) From BIS / GDLB, Berlin: “We need people who listen and see our strengths.”

3) From Südwind / VHS, Vienna: “I’ve never had a workshop or anything else about the environment, human rights and so on. I think it’s cool that we are doing this.”

ACCESS AUF PADLET

You can find current insights and new content on the project cases on our new Padlet website

KURZER ÜBERBLICK ÜBER DIE EU-JUGENDSTRATEGIE

The EU Youth Strategy is a framework for European cooperation in the youth field for the period of 2019-2027. Its goal is to improve the situation of young people in Europe by creating more and equal opportunities for them. Hereby it focuses on three core areas of action, around the three pillars: Engage, Connect, Empower, while working on joined-up implementation across sectors.

Access, on the other hand, aims to promote participation, encounter and empowerment along these three pillars, with a special focus on disadvantaged young people. Here you can find an overview of the core objectives of the EU Youth Strategy and the focus of the three case studies within the Access project respective to the three pillars of the EU Youth Strategy.

LEARNING TEACHING TRAINING ACTIVITY - Vienna (July 2023)

Social space-oriented participation offers for young people with fewer opportunities: Use of the social space concept for Youth work, thematisation of sustainability and global contexts in youth work with disadvantaged people

MULTIPLIER EVENT - Vienna (July 2023)

On 11 July, our project partners invite the Viennese Adult Education Centres to a multiplier event on the project Access in Berlin. Together, the following key questions will be examined:
  • How can disadvantaged young people be empowered?
  • What do young people understand by self-determination and how can it be learned?
  • How can key qualifications be built up so that they can recognise their own rights and formulate their own wishes?

The programme for the event can be found here

FVMP ON ACCESS AT RADIOPLAZA - esp (April 2023)

After the first LTTA and ME in Berlin, a part of the Valencian tandem that attended (Gonzalo Albir, coordinator of European projects of the FVMP and Seila Abad, social worker of Fem Salut Mental) had the opportunity to narrate their experience and address some of the issues being worked on in the European project ACCESS (ERASMUS+) in the Valencia Plaza Radio station.

The interview was about how the Valencian administration carries out the work of labour inclusion and the awareness and social support that exists around people with functional diversity. In addition, it was emphasised that there is great concern in Spain about mental health and other issues such as bullying among young people who may show weaknesses.

A study carried out in 34 countries by the company Ipsos places Spain among the five countries in which citizens are most concerned about mental health, and considers it to be the main health problem, ahead of cancer.

The data are very worrying and the COVID highlighted the problem even more. Some call it the “silent pandemic” but, at the moment, there are many voices calling for solutions to stop a tragic reality: more and more people are committing suicide in Spain. The figures provided by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics show that in 2021, 4,003 people committed suicide. Eleven deaths per day. In the first half of 2022, 2,015 suicides were registered, 1.6% more than in the same period last year. However, people who take their own lives are just the tip of the iceberg of a problem that affects millions of people. Mental health education should start in schools.

Finally, the audience was told that the FVMP partner (Musol Foundation) has implemented a pilot project in the 613-houses neighbourhood of Burjassot with socially excluded youth, improving teaching tools and sensitising students through the acquisition of digital skills (creation of a video game).

You can listen to the Podcast here: Pont an Europa: Plaza Podcast (Spanish only)

LEARNING TEACHING TRAINING ACTIVITY - Berlin (March 2023)

Social space-oriented participation offers for young people with fewer opportunities: Participation, Inclusion and diversity in the youth work, digitalisation and youth work

See here the Summary as well as Background reading & references on the LTTA Berlin

MULTIPLIER EVENT - Berlin (March 2023)

On 28 March, our project partners BIS & GDLB have invited to a multiplier event on the project Access in Berlin.

BIS e.V., in cooperation with the other Berlin partners and associates, organized the first multiplier event in Berlin. The aim was to present and disseminate the three developed Intervention models for working with disadvantaged young people in line with the three pillars set out in the EU Youth Strategy (Inclusion, Sustainability, Digitalization), defined as focal points «inclusion», «globalization» and the «digital world».

The main focus was on the presentation and discussion of the Berlin Model particularely tackling the area of inclusion. The models were made available for the actors in youth work invited, and final goal was to initiate a fruitful communication, to enable and motivate them to test and evaluate these models in their respective areas of work. In this context successful synergies between the different actors were developed through round tables formats and Q&A sessions and the adoption of the models was promoted.

The event took place at the office of BIS e.V. in Berlin-Schöneberg. About 4 hours were planned for the workshop. The starting point was an input on the intentions of Inclusion and social space orientation in youth work and on the approaches of the project (held by the BGZ). Then BIS e.V. presented the intervention model for inclusion and lead throughout the event the active engagement and moderation of the discussion with the participants. The participants provided feedback for the individual workshop sessions, including on the alignement of the Access project with the EU Youth Strategy and the 16th Child and Youth Report. Second round of feedback followed the presentation held by BIS and GDLB, Südwind and Musol on their respective intervention models.Together we will look at the following key questions:
  • How can disadvantaged young people be empowered?
  • What do young people understand by self-determination and how can it be learned?
  • How can key qualifications be built up so that they can recognise their own rights and formulate their own wishes?

The programme for the event can be found here
See here the introduction presentation to the Multiplier event by the BGZ

TRANSNATIONAL PROJECT MEETING - Valencia (September 2022)

The meeting was held in Burjassot, Valencia, the municipality that hosted the case study.

The first day was dedicated to a workshop in the socio educational centre, here representatives of the direction, youth workers and educators presented the goals and missions of the center. A discussion on the organisation and framework of the work, the methodologies applied and activities currently developed offered the opportunity to the partners to gain an insight view on the local context, its current challenges and potential for further improvement.

During a second part of the TPM the partners worked on finetuning the planning to implement the agreed upon dissemination strategy, designed and discussed concrete activities to be undertaken, in the form of world café. The Lead organisation provided inputs on the strategy paper, requirements to gather information on local and regional frameworks, along with the provision of guidelines to gather information on the target groups, work on research and needs analysis, and illustrated possible methods for social space orientated work.

PROJECT KICK-OFF - Berlin (March 2022)

The first part of the kick-Off event served to discuss the organisational and financial aspects of the project. After the welcome and a short introduction by BGZ, the budget and financing were discussed. Afterwards, all partners introduced themselves and described their fields of activity. All partners presented their tandems on prepared posters. Afterwards, the topic of common understanding of terms and definitions was discussed. The partners wrote down the terms relevant to the project on an interactive concept board.

Conclusion: Some of the crucial questions which have to be answered throughout the project work are:
  • What technical & technological and content (inclusion, sustainability, digital) knowledge
    must be build/offered for the educational staff? And what kind of support could be organized
    for them?
  • How can language be easy understandable for youth about the contents/themes the project
    focusses on?
  • How can transfer and translation – also in terms of language – between youth and policy
    makers be organized?
  • How can we support individual desire of youth and also raising their voice/strengthen their
    political voice as a group with similar demands?
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