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In Flanders, youth work with socially vulnerable children and young people has a great variety, both in the public targeted, in method as in activities offered. These initiatives align their leisure activities as much as possible with the situation of socially vulnerable youth. In addition, the broader youth work sector also invests in accessibility and diversity.
Below the relevant structural subsidised youth work organisations are listed.
Akindo organises vacations for children, youth and families. They focus mainly on people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and guidance homes in Flanders.
Arktos is a Flemish expertise centre for children and adolescents aged 6 to 25 years for whom the connection to school, work and society appears less evident.
Bison is an association that organizes leisure activities for social disadvantaged children and young people. Their main focus is the organization of holiday camps, but via its actions Bison also pursues to contribute to a better understanding of and tolerance towards social vulnerability.
Construction Order (Bouworde vzw)
Bouworde aims at developing young people and making them aware of the social realities. They pursue this goal by giving them the opportunity to express their solidarity by contributing to improvement projects. So, Bouworde is a youth organization that is trying to fight poverty and insecurity by providing assistance in the area of housing with the help of young volunteers. It does this through the organization of social, technical and ecological construction camps for young people between 18 and 30 years. Construction camps take place in Flanders, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Groep Intro vzw
Intro group (Groep Intro) is a training organisation dedicated to social disadvantaged young people, with particular attention to low-skilled youth. The organisation wants to provide resources to encourage these young people’s personal development and to increase their participation and integration in society, through an education-oriented approach. Its main tasks are: sensitization, information, guidance and training of youth (assists) leaders and intermediates.
Habbekrats is a training service for young people of marginalized groups aged 12 to 25 years. The service is a forum for different projects. Each project has a low threshold and works integrally. The actions of Habbekrats focuses mainly on a preventive level.
JKVG is an organisation of young people (6-30 years) with and without disabilities. Under the name 'n Other Holiday Jong-KVG organises holidays and international group exchanges at home and abroad. For young people without disabilities and young people with a purely physical disability, there are training courses (animator, head trainer). Jong-KVG also has a dozen local centers, which offer leisure activities for young people with and without disabilities.With’ De Werkbank’ (Workbench), they work towards an inclusive labour market. The workbench helps young people with practical questions about job applilcations, provides individual guidance or guides young peole in finding a suitable workplace.
KAJ is a youth movement which defends and works for, by and with all school-aged, unemployed and young workers between 12 and 30 years, with a specific focus on young people in vocational, technical and special needs education (educational tracks TSO, BSO & BUSO) and social vulnerable young people. By means of training and action KAJ guides young people in their growth to consciousness, individual and collective responsibility aimed at a democratic, grassroots-oriented and just society.
Lejo provides young people with a low level of education opportunities to develop their personality. The aim is that they can participate as good as possible in what is happening around them, both in their own environment and in broader society. Moreover Lejo defends their interests and acts as their spokesperson.
ROOTS is an umbrella organization of immigrant youth organizations. ROOTS offers immigrant youth the opportunity to learn and experiment with forms of youth work in order to become socially critical and conscious citizens.
Tumult is a youth service working on peace education. Tumult gives training to youth and youth workers and organizes educational activities for children and youth such as camps, peace travels, intercultural walks, immersion travels ... In addition Tumult develops a wide range of playful, often interactive products that reinforce peace education with children and young people. The association operates on the following themes: cultural respect, prevention of bullying, sustainability, dealing with conflicts and learning from war.
Wel Jong Niet Hetero (WJNH – Young but Not Hetero) regroups and guides local gay youth groups, organizes national initiatives such as the gay camp, meetings days, forum meetings, minus-19 (school activity), gay parties. WNJH also gives management training for LGBT youth workers. Furthermore WJNH is the contact point regarding LGBT youth themes in Flanders.
The purpose of YFU is to prepare young people over the world for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing society in which people from different countries and cultures are becoming more interdependent
Same organisations as mentioned in section above.
Most training covers the general development of youth workers, but some workshops and trainings for youth workers focus in particular on social inclusion. Some examples:
In addition to the leisure activities that Bizon organises for vulnerable young people (see above), the organisation also puts heavy emphasis on the training of youth workers, volunteers or supervisors who come into contact with disadvantaged children and young people.
The association Motief develops and organises training at the intersection of religion/ ideology and society. At the moment (2016) they organise (in cooperation with ‘Uit de Marge’) a training called “Young people, Islam and identity”. In this training youth workers develop a professional approach towards ideological identity and learn more about identity development of Muslim youth and the role of their organization in working met Muslim youth.
For information on the organisation, see section “main inclusive youth-work programmes”. Tumult, for instance, organises a training on refugee children and how to reach, motivate and involve them in youth work.
Uit De Marge/CMGJ
Uit De Marge/CMGJ is The Flemish Network for youth work with disadvantaged children and young people. Their training is aimed primarily at youth workers who work with these groups, but their trainings are also open to members of youth services and other sectors who work with vulnerable children and young people in a voluntary setting. They offer both general trainings for youth workers who work with disadvantaged groups, but also thematic trainings. Examples of thematic trainings are:
- Positive identity formation: what's in a name?
- Discussing questions about sexuality and relationships with children and young people with a migration background
- Youth work and refugee children
Wel Jong Niet Hetero vzw
Wel Jong Niet Hetero (WJNH) regroups and guides local gay youth groups, organises national initiatives such as the gay camp, meetings days, forum meetings, minus-19 (school activity), gay parties. WNJH also gives management training for LGBT youth workers. Furthermore WJNH is the contact point regarding LGBT youth themes in Flanders.
All the organisations mentioned above are structural subsidised associations. They qualify for structural funding and project funding of the Flemish Government (Subsidies). They receive an annual grant of 80,000 euros and can request additional variable subsidies. See also chapter 5.6 for more information.
Each structural subsidized youth association must submit an annual progress report which entails among others a financial report and an activity report.