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Youth Solidarity Network for inclusion and social change

Building bridges to join migrant and no migrant youngsters

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

The migration flow in Spain started in the 90s, since then, it is a reality of great importance and impact in a demographic, social and economic way. The recent appearance of xenophobic parties indicates that there is a social conflict due mainly for the struggle for resources and opportunities. We will focus on city areas with higher levels of inequality and migrant population. The objective of our project is to promote the improvement of the coexistence of different population, the exchange between cultures and social cohesion in different neighborhoods of Spain where there is a high percentage of population with high risk of social exclusion and a high number of migrants. In order to train the Spanish hosting communities in hospitality and solidarity, we will work jointly with the different social actors. Teenagers usually group with other people who represent their particular interests and tastes by creating very homogeneous friendship groups that tend to look for some kind of common pattern. Creating spaces for meetings between local youth and young migrants in social exclusion contexts will produce positive links and experiences that will help to break with the stereotypes and create friendly relationships with shared values. In turn, they will become agents of social transformation in their environments. Also, we will fight social exclusion by organizing joint activities with other teenagers from different social contexts in order to promote friendship bonds between them.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

From a few decades Spain is a hosting country. We have the most unequal border in economic terms of the ‘’developed’’ countries, is the one that separates Europe from Africa and the cultural links with the Latin American countries generate migration from these countries to Spain. We will focus on urban areas of different communities that mainly receive the migratory pressure and have higher levels of inequality, to improve the social climate in these contexts of great diversity.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The Youth Solidarity Network offers as an innovation the connection of young migrants that have high risk of exclusion with young local population. The main objective is to achieve inclusion and social change, through the generation of relationships and connections between young's. We generate meeting spaces in which these groups of young people can interact and understand the different realities, break stereotypes and to create healthy and justice relationships in their neighborhoods.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Create an environment where young people of different cultures can live, work and have fun together generates an individual and collective transformation that starts from the experience of the encounter. Participating in this groups and joint activities leads them to take personal and collective decisions regarding to own projects and lifestyles, that generate changes in society Our intervention aims: Personal: developing socio-affective abilities; asking the meaning of their life; developing decision-making that favors their inclusion and commitment to the common good Interpersonal: linking and promotion bond young people from different cultures and socio-economic contexts through experiences of connection and positive coexistence for preventing social conflicts Environment: creating opportunities to participate where they contributing to improving the surroundings they live in Society: showing through communicative actions young’s life stories to describe their experience.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The fact that our project makes an impact in teenagers, families and teachers, makes positive effects as it multiplies and soaks up a good part of the host community that improves coexistence and social climate. Generating links between young people from different cultures and socio-economic contexts where their personal skills are worked, so it makes them increase in self-esteem, self-confidence and acquire social abilities. It also improves their school performance, study habits and their ability to work in groups. Inclusive spaces and feeling of belonging to a global network linked to any part of the world are generated. Likewise, it strengthens the abilities of the teachers and increases both their motivations and their involvement in the training process. Thanks to the impact of the actions of young people in society, they generate a global awareness of the need to make a more supportive and equitable world.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Fr. Sosa SJ comments “We have enormous capacity to awaken hope in our world, contributing to the formation of men and women who are just, true global citizens, capable of generating dialogue and reconciliation among peoples and with creation”. Our aim is contribute in a humanistic, integral and liberating way in the education of young people from all over the world. It is based in an open pedagogy that is constantly enriching and innovating, in order to finish with social exclusion through social transformation based on solidarity. There are many divisions in society, whether for religious, cultural or socio economic reasons. All of them are set aside, creating meetings, that in a natural environment would be very unlikely to occur. In this encounters, groups and joint activities it is generated a direct and conscious experience with integral involvement.Young people create the same local and global vision, commit to the same values and promote a peaceful coexistence and reconciliation

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

In the years where Spain was growing economically at a dizzying pace, migration was seen as an opportunity to fill jobs that the Spanish workforce didn't want and to raise the birth rate it tended to go down every year. However, since the crisis that hit Spain in 2008, the discourse that the foreigner snatches us of the resources and opportunities that are ours has gradually been forged. In the communities with the higher migratory pressure together the xenophobic discourse have gone off the alarm from 2018, when extreme right-wing parties have gained representation at the public administration. For example a xenophobic party won in a municipality of Almería, where the migrant population represents 29% of the total. The discourse of these parties is based on breaking ties and bridges, hatred and fear of the different. It's in the communities with more migratory pressure where we will focus our work to build bridges between different cultures and create committed and supportive citizens

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Our way of intervening is fundamentally based on accompanying existing processes, so that, from local needs and interests, we propose our perspective and methodology as a value contribution. We participate in processes and spaces that are already working, contributing with our approach and adapting our methodology to each context. We accompany continuity processes to build an active, committed and supportive citizenship. This plays a key role when it comes to work with teenagers since voluntary participation favors the success of programs with them, it ensures a key factor such as youth motivation and prevents teenagers rejection of impositions. Finally, based on the actions carried out during the project, we promote meetings where the different community agents come together, share the experiences and keep working together.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Entreculturas has different partners depending on the working area. In this area we mainly work with organizations of no formal education, the ones that are in charge of the non curricular competencies. Also we work in the schools of the communities, we work with different kind of schools (public, private and , public funds supported), to reach all the contexts. Is important to us to work with organizations that are part of the neighborhood in the communities, to be aligned with their interests and necessities. Also we work with the public local administrations, because it is important to be backed up by them, so it is easier to develop all the activities.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Early Adoption: We have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have proof of user uptake (i.e. 16% to 49% of the target population or 1,000 to 50,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

Entreculturas Foundation

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Entreculturas is a development NGO, which believes in education as a key tool to build a fair and sustainable world. We promote cooperation projects to contribute to the development of the most vulnerable countries, we work on educational proposals that promote values ​​such as solidarity or equal rights and participate in awareness-raising and political advocacy actions to remind both citizens and political representatives , its responsibility to face global challenges such as inequality or human mobility. We also offer local and international volunteer programs and encourage spaces for dialogue and participation with companies to promote the participation of all social actors in our purpose of changing the reality. In Spain we have 28 delegations and a social base of more than 20,100 people who support and legitimize our work.

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Is your organization willing to collaborate with other social organizations using new technology in order to make the most positive impact possible around the world with our combined innovations?

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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read our idea! We are always interested in receiving more information about new initiatives, like the one you are leading. Thank you again for your support!

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Wonderful, we're always looking for collaborators we can work with in the future. Please send us your email address and we'll provide you with our organizations information to see if there is any synergy between us? Thank you Marina!

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Hello George, sorry for the delay, you can contact us through this email,, thank you!

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