Active Group of Young People
Portuguese Red Cross — Braga
We have found about 250 young people, in the 6 Roma communities of Braga, with low qualifications and few skills, mostly unoccupied and with great difficulties in accessing training and employment. Along with the low school and professional qualifications, we have identified in these young people a lack of self-confident and self-esteem and a withdrawing from the exercise of their citizenship.
Despite some efforts to integrate these young people in training and employment experiences, we have found difficulties of a technical and personal nature, concerning their insecurities given their contexts of life. The projects implemented so far were designed and executed by non-Roma technicians, creating, also for that reason, some remoteness and lack of confidence. With the activity "Active Group of Young People" the intention is to create an active group of young people between the ages of 16 and 30, of Roma ethnicity, counting with the support of other young people of Roma - mediators and facilitators - with experience in intervention projects and other similar initiatives taking place in other cities.
This activity is based on a participatory methodology, that values the diversity of perspectives and the needs present in the elements of the group and will be, therefore, geared towards the development of a multitude of methods, techniques, instruments and tools adjusted to individual dynamics.