Programme: Youth in Action. Youth Exchanges
Funded by: European Commission. DG Education and Culture. Youth in Action programme. Multilateral Youth Exchange.
Duration: 12 months
Lead Organisation: INTRAS Foundation (Spain)
Humanitarian Social Committee in Europe (Ireland)
Antares 2000 (Italy)
CJD BBW Frechen (Germany)
ADM Estrela (Portugal)
The two key matters of this multilateral exchange were the promotion of social inclusion of disadvantaged collectives (mainly people with disability, people with mental health problems, people with learning difficulties and migrants) and the fight against discrimination and stigma that these collectives suffer in their close social settings (family, school, public and private organisations,...) through the promotion of the art and culture as the way of letting these young people express freely by themselves.
The main aim of the project was the promotion of the discussion, planning, immediate action as long term answer to hate, stigma and violence suffered by these collectives through the analysis of these situations, the comprehension of the reasons of this behaviours and the engagement to efficient answers all through art as way of natural expression.
Enabling young people to work well in groups and express themselves creatively is in itself an outcome in terms of personal and social skills development. Art production allows opportunities for the examination of issues through lyric writing or painting. Exploring issues of identity in the context of art expression help to build self identity as well as community spirit.