Volunteering for social equality
Start date: Jul 1, 2014,
End date: Jun 30, 2016
This year the topic of our project will be “volunteering for social equality”. Through our volunteering program we would like to put the focus on "European awareness" as well as "inclusion". In this project there are two adolescents with special needs from England and Austria included. So they get the opportunity to live and experience European diversity and furthermore to bring a piece of Europe into cologne´s youth and social work. Five more young volunteers from Turkey, Spain and Italy will serve as volunteers in after- schools-clubs and the railway mission of IN VIA for 12 months. This was IN VIA is enabling those adolescents to create Europe with their to social, european and civil commitment. At the same time these volunteers enrich the work of IN VIA with their, creative ideas, new perspectives and they support us to advocate equal chances for children and adolescents. Because of the voluntary commitment and new friendships of the volunteers, Europe will be seen in a completely new light by the volunteers, their friends, colleagues and the clients they are working with. Furthermore the volunteers will organize an exhibition about Europe. With the title “Kölsches Europa” they will present the daily European influences in cologne from their point of view. With the help of this project we expect to bring Europe in the focus of the target groups the volunteers are working with. By the volunteer´s personal input the children in the full-time schools and the clientele of the railway mission have the possibility to experience Europe and the advantages of the European Union.
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