Democracy and participation, Social inclusion



Who is behind this?

Andrea Gruber

Pressley Ridge Hungary Foundation


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Salgótarján is in the top 10 most disadvantaged regions of the EU. Youths still in the town have no positive outlook for the future (education, employment). We want to instill hope through creating an adventure-based hiking path for families. RoadON will help the youths overcome their barriers and discover their talents and opportunities while providing visitors first hand experience in learning about deprivation and the issue of trauma and aggression.

Where will your idea take place?

Salgotarjan and its region in Hungary

Why does Europe need your idea?

Strange and unknown creates fear. Social gaps result in a lot of unknown. By working to create spaces of connecting we can dismantle the unknown and move towards more peaceful and inclusive societies. In our case to a city with more participation which will lead to more democratic practices.

What is your impact?

- At least 5 disadvantaged youths have permanent jpbs in RoadON.
- RoadON has partnerships with 5 local entrepreneurs willing to employ our youths.
- Salgotarjan is recognized as a destination for tourism.
- Visitors to RoadON learn about the issue of trauma, aggression, disadvantaged status.

How do you get there?

- Start the business of RoadON with kids employed.
- Create alliances for and with them with local entrepreneurs and decision makers.
- Market RoadON and attract visitors. Create broader support for the issue and for RoadON.
RoadON is a continuum of services to kids with threatening behavior. We accompany them until they are capable of walking the road of life on their own.

What is your story?

My passion is to work with troubled and troubling kids; their threatening behavior only masks the pain they are experiencing. Thus, it is a must to see through it and see the kids behind it which our societies do not really do. My drive is to show that they are worthy and capable human beings.

Who are you doing it for?

- Salgotarjan youths (once) with serious behavioral problems; their families
- Local entrepreneurs
- Salgotarjan decision makers
- Hungarian families with small children and company groups as potential visitors to RoadON

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

How would you go about making the issue of "badkids" (i.e. aggressive or threatening behavior) more attractive to the general public? How to communicate that in working with these kids a lot of otherwise common sense things cannot be taken for granted?



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018

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