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In an outer district of Budapest there is not much to do as a teenager, you just hang out between the blocks - we know, we used to be these kids, and now we want to give back. Our community center aims to offer activities to disadvantaged teenagers, to develop their interests and grow into engaged citizens in a community where their knowledges are valued, just as the principle of democracy and partnership. We also develop a transferrable model that can be applied in other European countries
Kispest (19th district), Budapest, Hungary, and an online platform for sharing our model
There is a growing democracy deficit in Hungary which we aim to challenge by enabling teenagers to become active agents of change, to think critically and act up for their community. We aim to provide a model program for fellow Europeans who are also working on the empowerment of disadvantaged youth
In a year we will be working with ca. 50 teenagers, and will have launched long-term projects with them on global inequalities and civic engagement, that enabled them to experience the value of their contribution to the European community. We'll have developed a shareable model for youth centers.
We will reach the teenagers by contacting nearby schools, and also by organizing popular one-time activities in the ‘recrutation’ phase (e.g. breakdance workshop). Later we will implement long-term projects utilizing tools of experiential education and critical pedagogy, where we aim to talk about social issues through their interests (e.g. a workshop on rap is a great opportunity to talk about social inequalities), and these activities will add up to them becoming active European citizens.
We grew up in Kispest, and we experienced how an unequal education system can determine one’s future. This is what we aim to challenge, by giving back to our community, and standing up for the equal rights and participation of these teenagers that used to be us.
With the pedagogical project our direct target group is the teenagers of Kispest in vocational education, and we believe that through this our work will affect the whole community of the district. With the dissemination of our model, we will target Hungarian and European youth workers as well.
We would like to get in touch with similar projects already in work, to learn from them and also to be able to share our experiences and developed methodology. We would also appreciate tips regarding the efficient dissemination of our methods and results.