“Youth Counselling Against Radicalisation in Europe” (YCARE) Multiplier Event Date: Friday, 15 December 2017 Time: 09:30 a.m. Place: “Kostis Palamas” Cultural Center, 48 Akadimias st. and Sina st., Athens, Greece Multiplier event to present the results of the Youth Counselling Against Radicalisation in Europe (YCARE) project co-funded by the ERASMUS+ programme.
In our YCARE project, materials have been developed and collected in recent months that will provide teachers, youth counselors and all those involved in youth work with quick and easy support in selecting educational material for radicalization prevention. The aim is to counteract the radicalization of young men and women who are in danger of joining radical organizations. Around 100 exercises and lessons including instructions, worksheets and a manual can be found on the YCARE platform - ready for download and immediate implementation without extensive preparation.
Last year the project Youth Counselling Against Radicalisation (Ycare) has been launched with funding from the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission. The project is carried out with expertise in different fields relevant to efforts to counter radicalisation. In recent years radicalisation toward violent extremist and terrorist positions has been considered an increasing treat in the European Union. We believe that international cooperation is necessary to effectively combat cross-border radicalisation and terrorism and are pleased to inform you about our counter-radicalisation project.
In recent months we have worked on our Ycare handbook. As a result we have reached agreement on the overall content that it will hold. As previously announced, this handbook is meant to equip youth counsellors with information useful to detect and combat radicalisation. As we have finished our fourth draft version, we would like to give a more detailed description of the content of the various chapters of the handbook.
After having identified the needs of professionals in the field of youth counselling we have demarcated the aims and content of the Ycare project. First, we have specified what features make Ycare unique. Various counter-radicalisation programs have been carried out in Europe, and want to make clear where Ycare’s added value stems from. Second, we would like to inform about the products that will result from our project: a handbook with guidelines; a toolbox with activities, good practices and awareness raising material and; an online platform and mobile applications.
In 2016 practical training- and counselling material for first line practitioners are developed in the guidelines, the toolbox and e-learning platform and mobile apps. This on the basis of a needs assessment report. A first conclusion is that there is demand for more awareness among first line practitioners who have to deal with radicalizing youth. Often they don’t know whether or not radicalisation is taking place. Therefore it is important that these first line practitioners are provided with information on what radicalization is and is not (e.