Amunì - Let's go!

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The practice that we show, it is based on the principles of democratic participation, common good and legal education

It is a path within the project Amuni’, a collaboration between the association and the USSM Free Palermo (Office of Social Service for Minors).

Although the project was designed for a specific target (boys  between 16 and 21 years who are  subject to criminal proceedings by the Judicial Juvenile and subjected to the benefit of the "suspension of the process and on probation") it is inspired by the values of global interest and the lines of action are also applicable to other contexts in which the protagonists are young NEETs.

The first step for the realization of Amuni’ it was the creation of a network of associations, authorities, professionals competent figures (psychologists, social workers, educators), from whose collaboration has been possible to apply the idea of the project.

The basic idea is to offer opportunities for change and socio-cultural growth through the direct experiences in other contexts, in this case therefore not acting within the juvenile prison, but bringing the kids to meet with a diversity to which they can communicate.

This means: participation in major events (23 May - commemorating the death of Giovanni Falcone and his body guard; 21 March- Day of Memory and Commitment); meeting with important people of the issue (testimony of victims of mafia); visit to realities that are working in the field of law.

But the intention is not to oppose a good model (ours) to a bad model (theirs), but it is to create a comparison and put the kids in situations where they  can understand what is 'other' and what this 'other' offers them in concrete terms, in terms of skills development and employment opportunities, and finally of personal growth.

What moves the project is the belief that the fight against Mafia should start from concrete experiences of law, where the law is an example of a clean job, and where  the legality  'pays', not just with words.

The course is structured into three phases: 1) Introductory meetings for preparation the event / meeting; 2) Participation to an event/case; 3) feedback Meeting (discussion meeting, focus groups, thematic workshops).

At the end of this path, the youngsters received a work-bursary  that has incorporated them, for a period of 6 months, within the cooperatives of Libera.

If you want to apply this practice in other contexts and with a generic target of Neets, then you should consider to articulate a similar path, which can be summarized as follow:

-   A creation of a strong local network, involving relevant actors and agencies that work closely with the target or who are available to accept it in their constructions, and to involve it in their activities;

-        Meeting: discussion groups with participants in which you approach the topic from several points of view, and in which there is the opportunity to know and experience it in a new way;

-        Direct participation in events connected to the theme addressed. It is advisable to involve the participants, if possible, in the organization of the event. Events can also be travel, events, and meetings with important people;

-        Activation of a process of job placement and development of professional skills through collaboration with public or private entities;

-        Feedback: evaluation meetings through group activities;

-        Periodic monitoring to be carried out in teams with professional figures that are involved.

Resource type

  • Exercise (a short group or individual activity or game which can be used in different learning situations)

Target Group

  • Facilitators/Tutors
  • Youth Workers
  • Local community groups

Participant compentencies

  • Learning to learn
  • Social and civic competencies
  • Sense of initiative and entrepeneurship
  • Cutural awareness

Facilitators compentencies

  • Provide effective opportunities to support personal & social development
  • Provide effective opportunities to develop employability and enterprise skills

Which criteria would identify your example as "Good Practice"?

  • Interactive for participants
  • Accessible for a range of indirect target groups
  • Recognises achievement
  • Provides practical activity

What methods have you used to assess this as "Good Practice"?

  • Participant Feedback
  • Facilitator feedback