The province strengthens support for South Tyrolean children and young people with initiatives outside and in school

L ‘youth activity in South Tyrol will be expanded. This was confirmed by the provincial council Philipp Achammer together with the provincial school director Sigrun Falkensteiner and to the Director of the Youth Services Office Helga Baumgartner, which today (July 21) presented the new planned initiatives at the Palazzo Widmann.

The pandemic was a major challenge for all, and children and young people are, as always, a world that reflects our society. Now we want to focus our attention on the young people and their strengths“, Councilor Achammer stressed during the press conference.

This year, the province has envisioned an additional investment in working with young people: by funding existing initiatives and projects, strengthening school social work by creating additional posts for school social educators, developing a school psychological service and providing additional funding for mobile youth work.

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Expanding the social education network in schools – While youth organizations, youth clubs and street workers in the leisure area are important contact points for young people, this function in the school area is carried out by the teachers of the information and counseling centers (ZIB) and by the school’s social educators. ZIBs have already been set up in all German-speaking colleges in the province, where specially trained teachers are available for students to advise in all life situations. The same applies to 27 of the 48 German-language primary schools.

From the next school year 2022/23, it is also expected to include school social educators in a further 22 schools, which will be added to the 21 schools already working on this academic figure, which offer additional support. Likewise, 25 additional positions will be created at the vocational schools, and efforts and offers for the prevention of early school leaving or education will be further expanded.

We want to expand the various networks to meet the wishes of operators and operators, but above all to provide children and young people with the widest possible range of support services.“, explained Sigrun Falkensteiner, who mentioned the example with Burger Hof from Braies as a model of best practice in South Tyrol. It is a structure managed in collaboration with the Val Pusteria school association and by a social cooperative, which is attended by about 4,000 children and teenagers each year. A place that has become an important point of reference in the educational and social sectors of Val Pusteria.

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At Burger Hof, school, individual and group projects are carried out, training programs and summer help are organized on an ongoing basis, and the premises are rented out to interested parties.. Young people can also apply for an internship at Burger Hof,to regain your strength“, Falkensteiner explained. Unfortunately, in this sense, school is not always the best place to meet certain dynamics. We are very grateful and thank those who work to support a social space like Burger Hof, and we hope that other similar ones will be created, ”stressed the director of the provincial directorate for primary and secondary schools in German.

Local and mobile youth work will continue to be supported – Director of the Youth Service Office Helga Baumgartner presented data on work with young people in South Tyrol. Currently, there are 356 full-time employees and 10,000 active volunteers for young people in 52 youth centers and 185 youth groups throughout South Tyrol.

In addition, there are about 1,000 youth groups run by voluntary organizations that carry out important work in this area. “In many cases, young people withdrew during the pandemic, partly in a private space and partly in a public space. Now it is important to strengthen the work of seeking out young people and mobile work, such as the activity of street workers, in order to establish and maintain relationships and therefore be able to respond to the needs of young people “, Baumgartner pointed out that as mentioned some examples of projects that encourage children in what they do and who they are.

Work up“, offered by Merano Ungdomsserviceoffers job training: young people can make the products themselves in a laboratory, accompanied by pedagogically trained staff, and then sell them within their own “Social storeDuring the project, the young people learn to respect the group’s structures and rules and to concentrate, ensure a financial income.

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with “EXPERIENCEPapperlapapp youth center in Bolzano offers onelife’s little school“, As director Baumgartner defined it. It is a matter of perceiving the young people in their personality and following them in their growth. Older children pass on their experiences to younger people as so-called “peers” and to children. The project was also presentedMusical incubatorfrom the Jungle Youth Center in Merano: Young people who are interested in music can pursue their passion in a record studio, receive a training and mentoring program and grow musically but also personally. Another example concerns “Afzack“, offered by Prevention Forum.

Since 2012, various projects have accompanied young people throughout South Tyrol on their journey, strengthen their personality and live the community. Young people can present their initiatives and be professionally supported in the self-organization of the various activities.

With the additional financial support of 500,000 euros, it will be possible to support further projects focusing in particular on the mobile youth work sector“, Councilor Achammer explained. All the mentioned measures aim to ensure attention to children and young people. “In working with young people, it is now a matter of looking closely and appreciating their contributions, supporting the young people’s lives and their hopes. “, stressed the Commissioner.

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