Amsterdam 2015

AFTER A SUCCESSFUL START IN BERLIN THE SECOND EDITION OF TRANSFORMERS! TOOK PLACE FROM THE 8TH UNTIL THE 22D OF AUGUST 2015 IN AMSTERDAM.

TRANSFORMERS! is a two-week long exchange project in which 24 young people from 6 different cities are brought together in one of the network cities. They come from Amsterdam, Paris, Rabat, Istanbul, Cairo and Berlin. The participants are aged between 18 and 23 years old and live in neighborhoods that can be described as deprived. In their daily lives they have to deal with experiences of discrimination and exclusion. Inspired by recent cases of grass-root activism, they will experiment with new forms of political participation and civic engagement to fight problems in their neighborhood. They will be trained in skills of creative activism and digital communication by young experts.

During the two-week training program the participants will discover their own potential to become a community organizer. They will work on their self-esteem and discover their own talents, but also become aware of their shortcomings and the benefits of cooperation with others. Within the framework of the methodology of community organizing, the participants will engage in a variety of activities. In the beginning of the training they will work on their individual competences for leadership and their team building capacities. They will focus on their own background and experiences, and will determine which issues they would like to tackle in their own neighborhood. After this they will present and discuss their personal project plans.

In a series of creative and practical workshops they will work on the skills needed to raise awareness for local problems and activate peers to find solutions. These workshops incorporate topics and activities such as internet security, public speech, community organizing, fundraising, civic journalism, story telling, theater of the oppressed, and spoken word.

After the two-week training program all participants will organize an activity in their own neighborhood, in which they bring the skills that they have trained during the exchange program into practice. These activities will start at the same moment and will be reported on the project website. The Transformers! organizing team will provide participants with support in the process of organizing their activities. This support includes regular feedback, and further coaching in matters such as fundraising, PR, network building.

We plan to organize the edition of 2017 in Rabat and the one of 2019 in Paris.

For more information, contact:

Dennis Fraters (General management)
dennis@schoolclash.eu

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