U-CARE and Steps Ahead: New international projects coordinated by jfc

14.11.2012 | jfc Medienzentrum is taking their peer education approach to new levels in two new international projects. As a start, a workshop week was organised in October: 42 young people participated in video, graffiti, dance and music workshops in Bergisch Gladbach, lead by six junior coaches.

“Steps Ahead – Professionalization of junior coaches in performing arts and media” is the new international project of jfc which has started on October 1st. With partners from Italy, Greece, Hungary and the Netherlands the curriculum created in the previous project “The ROOTS & ROUTES Academy” will be refined and adapted for new partner countries.

An important element of the project is the “Testing Zones”: Here, the educated junior coaches will work with kids and teenagers under real world conditions, monitored by professionals. As a first Testing Zone, a project week was organised from Oct. 15th to 20th at Krea Jugendclub Bergisch Gladbach. Guided by six Peer Coaches supervised by professional coaches like graffiti artist Puya Bagheri, 42 Teenagers developed an own live performance which was performed at Oct. 20th at UFO Jugendzentrum Bensberg. The participants of the video workshop created seven short documentaries, which were ready to present punctual to the live-performance.

The second new project is even bigger: “U-CARE – Urban culture against racism in Europe“ has started on November 1st; coordinated by jfc, partner organisations in 8 countries will develop a training for peer coaches which will combine methods of cultural education and active media work with anti-racist trainings. These Peer Coaches will then provide workshops for schools and youth centers in autumn 2013.

U-CARE is funded by the EU Programme for Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. “Steps Ahead“ is sponsored by the EU Programme Leonardo da Vinci. Both projects are running till autumn 2014.

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