The Generation / Opportunity Project is based on the promotion of social and human development centered on the young people living in the Bairro da Boba and, in particular, on the young descendants of immigrants. This is a recent relocation area, in Amadora, selected for its potential as a window of opportunity for change and empowerment ” Empowerment ” of the resident community there.
The project is based on a network of partners with operational capacity, installed in the neighborhood, with good community acceptance and has a dense network of quality socio-cultural and school equipment, recent and designed to welcome users of the surrounding community to the neighborhood. They are partners: the Amadora City Hall; the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue; the School of Music of the National Conservatory; the Miguel Torga School Grouping; the United Association of Cape Verde; the Parish Social Center of S. Brás; the Amadora Intercultural School of Professions and Sports; the Parish of S. Brás; and the Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Amadora. As well as the transnational companies: Riagg Rijnmond Noord West Association of Rotterdam, with the project Maljuna Frato;
The Project consists of several actions:
– “Teams of facilitators” – Creation of 4 teams of 2 facilitators with profiles of complementary technical-relational skills: One, has a recognized leadership profile among other young people, above average level of education in terms of neighborhood and deep knowledge of the neighborhood , young people and families. Another has a Technical-superior profile, knows the world outside the neighborhood, the institutions / opportunities and its operation. Their training, with a strong multicultural component / equal opportunities and enabling from the practical and operational point of view. Each team will be responsible for the contact and follow-up of about 30 young people. Its action focuses on Empowerment and facilitating their choices and paths and overcoming barriers, safeguarding free choice and individual self-determination.
– “For you if you do not miss” – Daily and attractive occupational activities at school in the post-school period whose participation condition is the attendance of regular classes in order to reduce absenteeism and consequent dropout. They include capoeira, basketball, percussion, theater / Portuguese language and spaces of informal learning and appropriation of the given subjects and the knowledge in evaluation in the 2,3 CEB (to know and to be) reinforcing the practice of the Portuguese Language (Theater, for example) and logical and mathematical reasoning.
– “Generation Orchestra” – Formation of orchestra with about 60 elements, which launches the bases for the development of a orchestra of metropolitan scope. Development of musical skills and socialization. Teacher training given by professionals in the music and psycho-social areas. Internships – intensive work for 2 weeks (March and July) with trainers from the Venezuelan project. Public presentations after the internships.
– “You can be whatever you want” – Prevention, identification, contact and motivation with adolescent mothers who still attend school 6th / 7th year, therefore able to successfully complete the 9th year and enter the world of work, if it is the its purpose. It is a process of empowermentof the young people imported from the similar project to be carried out in Urban II – Amadora, with positive results developing in 3 key dimensions: 1 – The young person herself: 9th year conclusion, base condition for future work contracts. Information on the available spectrum of realistic training / employment paths and vocational decision-making skills development. Expected Exits: Scholarships, Vocational training, Work placements, support to employers; 2 – The child: guarded in nursery and kindergarten; 3 – The relation of maternity / paternity: Maternal / educational competences; health support (information / family planning); progressive co-responsibility of both parents.
– “Youth Workshop” – Open Space, between the school environment and rejection , promotes the return of children and young people to school, training routes and involves the family and social environment. Empowerment Laboratory for reconciling problems, aspirations and achievements of young people in their concrete environment. Occupational activities: hip-hop, capoeira, computer science, English; cultural visits. Young thematic forums, employment, education, life projects, health, arts, interests, monthly visits of vocational exploration. Articulation with Miguel Torga (back to school) and Intercultural School of Professions and Sports of Amadora for RVCC.
– “Grab the 9th year” – Integration and training in processes of validation of competences, with equivalence to the 9th year, aiming at the completion of minimum compulsory schooling, promoting social mobility and facilitating insertion into the work environment.
– “Learning & Play” – proves to be a very important instrument for employability, in the sense of provoking a “domino” effect, ie with child custody ensured, the family is free to seek employment and / or many cases remain active. With the creation of the School Club – Theater / Sports / Dance / Research / Arts, children learn and experiment in different areas, which through learning and pedagogical learning, potentiates their cognitive, psychomotor and socio-affective capacities .
– “Hairstyling Workshop” – Hairdressing Course (level 2) for young people at risk of dropping out of school. It is currently part of the school curriculum, and a partnership with the company Rui Romano to supply materials and with the company L’Oreal to supply consumables is in place, ensuring that the Ministry of Education pays the salary to trainers / teachers.
– “Relapse” – Prevention of recidivism among young people with problems with justice: information on consequences and aggravation, assistance, legal and psychosocial counseling, motivation and referral to Education / Training / Employment. This action was later integrated into the Youth Workshop.
– “More health” – Supplementary health care, articulated with family physicians and S. Escolar providing adequate real-time response to learning needs (school-age) and employment opportunities (young people).
– ” Leveling Barriers ” – Transnational cooperation with the Maljuna Frato (Rotterdam) and Tiama (Milan) projects at the level of exchange of experiences and knowledge, dissemination of practices and results. It includes peer-to-peer and theoretical-practical training, mini-stages in project and street teams in design, planning and logistics, as well as in the approach strategies and tools employed by Rotterdam and Amadora teams, street, including immigrants of Cape Verdean origin (in both cases). will have an Internet site with “tool bag” forum, space for young people and space for facilitators and partners. Small-scale pilot experiments will be carried out to exchange methodologies between Amadora and Rotterdam.