"Think globally - act locally" is a set of creative activities addressed to young people at risk of social exclusion. The project is based on innovative cultural activities carried out by an international group of volunteers, based on the theme of global problems. Project activities are aimed at changing attitudes of intolerance towards multiculturalism and ethnic diversity of the region, and the choice of themes and methods is dictated by the specificity and real needs of the recipient group.
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Podlasie is a land that for centuries has fully served as a political borderland as well as a national-denominational and socio-cultural border. Ethnic communities live here, that strongly interpenetrate and interact, which creates a contemporary mosaic of nationalities and religions. The region is subject to a growing lack of tolerance among young people, mostly from families with dysfunctional: dominated by multi-generational unemployment, aggression, addictions and other social pathologies. The lack of tolerance for difference is mostly among young people recognized as socially excluded. This is the main problem that we want to answer in our project in the form of global education activities aimed at tolerance and estimation for diversity among people exposed to social exclusion.
The idea of the project is to create an international group of volunteers from around the world, representing various artistic forms, through which will present the problems of the global world, based on diversity, mutual respect and tolerance. The group will reach young people (mainly exposed to social exclusion) through art and various forms of artistic expression. Creating a permanent cooperation platform based on the problems of the global world and their transfer to local communities. We believe that socially vulnerable people have social potential, and our goal is to discover and polish it to strengthen the social roles of young people. It is especially important for us to build tolerance for the world among socially marginalized people.
The recipients of the project are socially excluded people or young people exposed to social exclusion, mainly young people between 11 and 19 years old, coming from various environments, including socially dysfunctional families. The beneficiaries are mainly boys staying in special educational and sociotherapeutic centers, schools, including schools with integration departments, orphanages and other educational institutions. All institutions and people covered by the activities live in the Podlasie Voivodship, mainly in small towns (over 50% participants are from rural areas).
This is a group on which the foundation's activities are focused every day and covered by the needs analysis and diagnosis of youth problems carried out by organizations in the years 2017-2019.
The most important is to understand that the use of global issues in innovative methods of artistic expression is a tool for shaping the correct social attitudes of people exposed to exclusion in a multicultural region, where for several years the attitude of intolerance towards otherness has been growing. In order to implement our idea we’ve planned a structured programme with concrete steps, activities and tools to be used.
1. Creating an online platform.
2. Preparation of the schedule of visits of artistic groups to selected institutions
3. Establishing cooperation with public entities
4. Implementation of artistic activities: workshops conducted by a group of volunteers
5. Research and evaluation
6. Dissemination of results
7. Media publications and summary of pilot activities
"Drop drills Rock". For us, every success in the project will be a change made in individual customers. In our activities, we work with a very difficult recipient: young people, which society stigmatizes by the fact that boys stay in special educational centers on a daily basis. Our goal is a change made in them, but also in the immediate local environment and region. Properly shaping the social attitudes of these people, based on interesting educational forms and based on a very important topic, swear change in boys. The change made in each of them is a step of social change, which is necessary in our region.
Podlasie is a reflection of Europe in the local dimension: a multicultural mosaic in which only mutual respect and tolerance gives a chance for cooperation. That is why our project strengthens democracy in Europe, building the foundation of a global community: open to others. Project activities strengthen democracy in Europe by focusing on those who do not have this voice, because due to their social origin they are marginalized in the environment and doomed to duplicating the social status of their families. Those young people who blame ethnically different people for the situation in the region and for the failure of their families have no one to hear them. We want to give them a voice and, using artistic forms, let them externalize their experience and direct them properly.
When we started working for socially excluded people, we tried to provide them with what was important in our opinion: education, professional skills. We gave them psychological help. At the time, we thought we were shaping them. After a short time, we began to see the general problem. We studied their environment, social attitude and beliefs. It turned out that in the dimension of the entire local community, they are not people with bad attitudes towards socially excluded people. The boys themselves are negative about those who are different. That is why we decided to adopt an attractive educational form (culture and art) with which we want to shape their proper social attitudes. This will give them a chance to return to society after leaving the center, but as a valuable citizen.
Funding requested from Civic Europe
Project management and personel costs: 21.000 EUR
Meetings: 1,000 EUR
Travel costs and accommodation: 12,000 EUR
Webpage (construction and design): 3,000 EUR
Marketing: 5,000 EUR
Promotional videos and photography: 3.000 EUR
Other involved people (trainers, lecturers) 5.000 EUR
Sharing suggestions and experiences, also building networking opportunities.