Black to the Future Project
Black to the Future is an Erasmus+ project focuses on intergenerational youth work practice within the African Diaspora community in Amsterdam, Cologne and London. The project will facilitate an African Sankofa process which encourages the transfer of youth work knowledge, skills and values through looking back, identifying best practice and then creating building blocks on which to inform future youth work practice. The project runs from February 2017 to May 2018 and comprises a series of local activities plus transnational intergenerational training and study-visits. The project will offer opportunities to share contemporary youth work practices with African Diaspora youth across the three major cities indicated above.
The project’s objective are:
Enable youth workers to develop and share effective methods in reaching out to marginalised young people, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
Through professionalising youth workers, develop their competences to help them set quality standards.
Develop two-way transfer of knowledge, skills and experience between older and younger generations of youth workers.
Create opportunities for further collaboration pan Europe organisations to expand their professional network, pursue learning links with European learning providers, and explore the potential to collaborate on joint projects.
THE PROGRAMME ENTAILS:
1. 3 transnational intergenerational study-visits and training for 30 youth workers and managers aged 21 ? 65 years providing an opportunity to share past and present youth work practices
2. At least 8 local sessions which prepare participants for the visits and reflects on transnational learning
3. Exploration of the history of African Diaspora migration to Amsterdam, Cologne and London.
4. Recording and mapping (using audio digital media and online mapping tools) of the history and stories of youth work, youth workers and iconic youth clubs and projects which were used and/or are currently used to support work with African Diaspora young people
5. An evaluation process which captures some of the key learning from the project.
The Ubele Initiative (TUI) is a community catalyst social enterprise. It has a mission to contribute to the sustainability of the African Diaspora community through social leadership development, community enterprise and social action. The Ubele Initiative creates partnerships with local, regional, national and international organisations to create innovative solutions for some of our most pressing social, economic and political concerns.
Stichting Interlock (www.stichtinginterlock.nl) is a relatively new Dutch NGO in South East Amstedam. They organise activities for young peple which focus on developing their socialand communicative skills, neighborhood participation, entrepreneurship, empowerment of young females, and youth worker European mobility. Specific programmes and activities respond to the expressed needs of the young people.
The Outcomes of the project:
The „Back to the Future“ project aimed at an intergenerational knowledge exchange between the young and older generation within the African Diaspora in Europe and was concluded reaching most of the goals it set out to achieve in the beginning.
Though this project the organisations Migrafrica VJAAD e.V. (Germany), Stichting Interlock (Netherlands) and the Ubele Initiative (UK) further strengthened their strategic partnership and build their capacities making the community strong from within.
The project provided intergenerational and intercultural training youth workers, built a digital map of African Diaspora spaces, initiatives, projects and activities in the cities Cologne, Amsterdam and London. Anyone who is interested in visiting these places and become active the Back activism can easily get access to these information using these resources please find these resources below.
Köln youth and cultural spaces
London youth and cultural spaces
Amsterdam youth and cultural spaces
Within the project we have also developed a toolkit that other diaspora organisations can utilise to build on their intergenerational capacities to transfer good youth work practices from the older generation to the new.
The report on the project is attache below.