The BEST project aims to develop in 2 years, starting in November 2020, a qualification programme that activates the potential of employees in companies to advance and shape social ecological change from within. For this purpose, 4 partner institutions from the countries Portugal, Italy, Germany and Belgium are working together to directly develop a European approach to an inherently global issue.
The project "Community Changemaker 2030" trains 5 young adults from the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region to become changemakers in their community and experts in strength-based work, climate-friendly action and storytelling. They are coached and trained in the methods of project management, ABCD and storytelling. The Community Changemaker 2030 project aims to equip young people with essential competences that contribute to the transformation towards climate protection and diversity on a local and global level. Young people are trained in project management: they learn how to respond to local challenges and how to find and facilitate their own solutions.
In the eastern Congolese city of Goma, Starkmacher e.V., together with AECOM, the local project partner, will build a training centre and cooperative that will benefit people who have fled the civil war regions to find a new home in Goma.
Digital youth social work - how can it work effectively? This is precisely the topic that Starkmacher e.V. is addressing together with the actors in youth social work. The actors from the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region are given the opportunity to actively exchange ideas on the topic of digitalisation and digitality, to acquire knowledge and to find support in its application. They become co-designers of their digital working world.
In the second half of 2020, the online project "Peacebuilding, Media Work and Digitalization" funded by the German Federal Foreign Office took place. The project comprised various workshops and activities with a total of 50 participants and 25 youth workers from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Italy and Germany.
The educational project "Grünblick" supports young people aged 16-25 who are looking for professional orientation. Starkmacher organises practice-oriented work camps in 9 different occupational fields. One focus is on raising awareness for sustainability aspects of the respective occupational fields. During the work camps, the young people deal with their own perspectives, strengths and career aspirations in order to develop an understanding of the occupational fields in which both their interests and their potential lie.
The GoRegional project offers theatre and experiential education activities and develops a project together with young people in which they can experience social participation in practice. GoRegional wants to encourage young people from Baden-Württemberg to actively shape society in their local environment.
With the online project "Peacebuilding, Media Work and Digitalisation", youth and young adults have the opportunity to participate in an online exchange programme. In times of the Corona pandemic, we want to offer the opportunity to become active in an international context. The whole project will take place from July to December 2020. The participants' workshops will mainly take place in November.
In this project, eco-tourism and education in rural areas are combined to promote sustainable agriculture and strengthen rural structures. In a kind of "adult education centre", which is to be established in rural regions and in close cooperation with sustainable agriculture enterprises, tourists as well as locals can deepen educational contents, which are outlined in the directives on European agricultural policy.
The project YoUbuntu now goes into the second round. With “YoUbuntu 2020”, young people have again the opportunity to participate in a German-South African exchange. In the international meetings, the participants get trained to become multipliers of sustainable ways of life. They are coached in social, sustainable and entrepreneurial skills. The programme will be implemented from March to December 2020 in Mannheim and Cape Town with 8 participants each.
"Vukuzenzele" is a multiplier project in and around Muizenberg (Cape Town/South Africa) with a strong focus on community building and social justice. The word means "wake up and do it yourself!” (Xhosa). The aim is to use training and empowerment methods to impart important skills that enable young adults to become actively involved for themselves and for the community.
The "Creative Cacao" project offers seven partners from five different countries (Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Italy and Germany) the opportunity to exchange practices, experiences and expertise within the production and supply chain of the raw material cocoa. It aims to offer young people, especially from rural areas, new perspectives for work and employment and to encourage them to become sustainable entrepreneurs.
Solving conflicts non-violently, settling disputes through mediation, resolving bullying situations and practising democratic participation - the project "Promotion of Non-violent Conflict Management" aims to implement these skills in Jordanian schools. To achieve this, the star performer is working with Caritas Jordan and is supported by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations. We are very happy that the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations will continue its support in 2020 and 2021.
Six partners from five European countries have joined forces to develop a training concept to train young people to become influencers for European values. The organisations are putting together modules and materials for a pilot training course, testing this training course and then producing a manual to multiply this training.
The project "Start4Change" brings together different actors of youth work and entrepreneurship from the 6 partner countries (Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia, Belgium and Poland) to develop new perspectives for forms of cooperation for entrepreneurship and thus enable the young generations to have a perspective on the labour market.
In this international component within the "S-Hub" strong-maker project for founders and young entrepreneurs, programmes are to be created to systematically enable participants of the S-Hub to realise their own promising business. Partners from Ukraine and Croatia are involved.
"living diversity" is an inclusive and intercultural youth exchange at Lake Constance with young people from France, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Germany aged 14-18 years. Above all, it is characterized by the artistic and creative workshop work (dance, theater, music and media) on the topics of diversity and solidarity. In addition to the thematic small group work, leisure activities take place in the afternoon. The workshop and project results will be presented towards the end of the week in Friedrichshafen.
The youth project "Go Zero, Danube!" contributes to a clean and healthy Danube, involving the affected countries. In three international youth meetings, the youth will dive into the topics of waste prevention, upcycling and zero waste and learn practical solutions developed to protect the planet.
Zacatecoluca is one of the biggest cities in El Salvador. Through the contact to a catholic priest and his parrish young people from Europe can do volunteering service, can get to know country and people, can merge into a new and very different culture and can give their contribution to build together new future perspectives for the people there.
This project is a continuation of the projects "GrenzenLos!" and "Viel,halt". It aims to enable and strengthen intercultural exchange between people with/without a refugee background, with/without a disability, German/French, and to promote the social skills of the participants through daily living together (with self-sufficiency).
In July and August three partners invite young people to join a youth camp in Jordan: the Italian NGO "Non dalla Guerra", the German association Starkmacher and Caritas Jordan. Young people from Europe have the chance to learn about the life of refugees in a country that welcomed a huge number of refugees from the Middle East. The participants of the project meet refugee families from Siria and Iraque, organise leasure activities and simple learning sessions for children that visit already "summer school"-activities organised by the local Caritas centres. And they build relationships with the locals: All in all a very special training in intercultural dialogue.
„YoUbuntu "aims at informing 18 young people from Berlin and Cape Town about global development, to promote a global community based on the Ubuntu philosophy and to train multipliers of sustainable ways of life. In two meetings, they will talk about the "Sustainable Development Goals", learn about future-oriented approaches and explore innovative examples of green entrepreneurship. They are coached in social, sustainable and entrepreneurial skills and develop their own ideas on the topic, which they implement locally.
GreenUp Bridges is an exchange with young people from Germany and Turkey that takes place from the 6.11. to the 12.11.2017 in Berlin. The group meets in order to develop perspectives together for entrepreneurial action in the area of sustainability. They are important, not only because of recent political events and, unfortunately, still existing prejudices and discrimination, but rather to strengthen the sense of cohesion between members of both peoples.
For this project, several different educational and non-profit organisations came together to learn from each other about project management and coordination methods, innovative approaches in the social and socio-political sector and to build up and develop such projects. Eight partners from seven different countries will visit each other and learn through the sharing of thoughts, insights and examples of good practices.
This project aims at merging sustainability, diversity and occupation for young people. Youth workers from Italy, Croatia, Poland and Germany share their experiences and visit examples of best practice in order to learn from the European exchange.
Solidarity Coffee Camp 2017 is a project of volunteering in El Salvador, with activities of knowledge and meeting with local communities both in cities and favelas, and in Honduras, working in a finca with a solidarity cooperative that creates networks between farmers for their future prospects and to improve the production of quality coffee to re-establish in the market.
Providing new perspectives for a sustainable future and a future-oriented society to young citizens and contributing to the inclusion of refugees and marginalized young people: this is the focus of the project "Future Lab" and its three intercultural youth exchanges in the Danube region.
…talking about a lost generation? This project doesn’t know about a “lost generation” but a strong future of young citizens living for a sustainable world. StartUpcycling doesn’t know “lost waste” but rich resources and used products that have high potential for being reused in an attractive way. That’s basically the background of the international project StartUpcycling. Its aim is to explore new ways of waste reduction and upcycling methods. At the same time, we want to connect this topic with innovative measures of young entrepreneurship – we want to enhance an exchange of start ups with new upcycling ideas!
Through the project Host Spot, 10 different NGOs and/or organizations from 9 countries (DE, IT, IR, SP, HU, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Palestine) will create a network of youth, promoting freedom of expression, the free flow of information, and freedom and pluralism of the media as well as working opportunities in the social oriented documentary production industry.
The aim of this project is to train young people to become positive bridges between Turkey and Germany. Köprü is Turkish and Brücke is German – both words mean bridge. The project name Köbrücke thus connects languages talking about building new bridges. During two youth exchanges we want to create a platform of new relationships, intercultural exchange and friendship between Turkish and German young citizens.
Through the COFFEE-project eight partners from seven different countries create a network and thereby improve the chances of education and working opportunities in the coffee industry, especially for young people.
The project promotes the exchange, interaction and participation of young people from the Danube region. Eight young people at the age of 18 to 25 years from Germany and Ukraine start their road trip in Germany and visit Passau, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia and Odessa. The program is filled with encounters with young people and politicians from the Danube countries, workshops and exchanges on democracy, peace education, culture of remembrance and political participation.
After seven years of successful commitment in the project StarkmacherSchule (Strong without Violence), students of University of Education Heidelberg decided to continue and deepen some elements of the musical project “Streetlight”.
The initiative Sports4Peace in Mannheim and Heidelberg wants to contribute to international understanding through numerous sports activities with young newcomers. The aim is also to connect refugees with young people from the region to provide a platform with natural encounters.
Four young people from Germany and South Africa have the opportunity to live in the other country for three months and to summarily learn the work of each project partner. Partners are the German Starkmacher e.V. and the South African Non-Profit Organization DreamWorker.
The project “Preset“ strives for long-term future prospects of youth: It is about discovering and reinforcing the potential that especially lies in the field of ecology and development of sustainable projects. Young people shall be empowered and promoted so they are able to build up an independent economical future.
Eight partners from eight countries (DE, IT, HR, BG, KE, ARG, BR, PH) offer trainings, exchange of ideas and initiatives to fight youth unemployment together. The methodology: mutual visits with the aim to experience examples of successfull approaches and to get to know different possible solutions for fighting youth unemployment. Additionally, trainings including modules for informal and intercultural learning are offered.
Empowering children, young people and adults who are able to deal competently with the issue of cyber bullying - this is what "media needs talents" is all about. Sensitising and imparting knowledge by international acknowledged instruments such as "peer mediation" and "no blame approach" - this is how schools shall be supported strategically.
(ENGL)Jugendarbeitslosigkeit entwickelt sich in Europa zu einem immer bedrängenderen Problem und gefährdet nicht nur den sozialen Frieden sondern auch die Zukunft unserer nachfolgenden Generationen. Diese Herausforderung greift das Projekt auf und will Jugendliche stärken und fördern, damit sie an Selbstvertrauen gewinnen und ihre eigene wirtschaftliche wie soziale Entwicklung in die Hand nehmen und mitgestalten.
Malaika Mihambo is a world champion in the long jump and is committed to helping children of primary school age in her free time. She wants to pass on some of her energy, her optimism, her passion for nature and our planet. With Starkmacher e.V., she has developed short online training sessions in which she does movement training together with children every day. In addition, she reveals a little secret of her success in each training session, so that others can also discover the "world champion" in themselves and make them strong.