A training program on creative activism & Community building with youngsters from Amsterdam, Berlin, Cairo, Istanbul, Paris and Rabat!
“Transformers!” is a two-week training experience from the 12th till 26th of August 2017 in which 24 young people from 6 different cities are brought together in Tangier/Morocco. They come from Amsterdam, Paris, Rabat, Istanbul, Cairo and Berlin, are aged between 18 and 23 years old, and live in deprived neighborhoods. Inspired by the Arab spring, they will experiment with new forms of political participation and civic engagement to fight problems in their neighborhood. They will be trained in skills of creative activism and digital communication by young experts, who have played an active role in movements like Occupy, and the Arab spring. The participants will discover their own potential to become a community leader. By imagining themselves as local super heroes, they will work on their self-esteem and discover their own special powers, but also become aware of their weaknesses and the benefits of cooperation with others. After the exchange, all participants will organize an activity in their own neighborhood, in which they bring their newly trained skills into practice.
During the two-week training program, the participants will discover their own potential to become a community organizer. They will work on their self-esteem and discover their own talents but also become aware of their shortcomings and the benefits of cooperation with others. Within the framework of the methodology of community organizing, the participants will engage in a variety of activities. In the beginning of the training, they will work on their individual competencies for leadership and their team building capacities. They will focus on their own background and experiences and will determine which issues they would like to tackle in their own neighborhood.
After this, they will present and discuss their personal project plans. In a series of creative and practical workshops, they will work on the skills needed to raise awareness for local problems and activate peers to find solutions. These workshops incorporate topics and activities such as internet security, public speech, community organizing, fundraising, civic journalism, story telling, theatre of the oppressed, and spoken word. After the two-week training program, all participants will organize an activity in their own neighborhood, in which they bring the skills that they have trained during the exchange program into practice. These activities will start at the same moment and will be reported on the project website. The Transformers! organizing team will provide participants with support in the process of organizing their activities. This support includes regular feedback, and further coaching in matters such as fundraising, PR, network building.
Allocation of funds
For the organization of this project, we received a contribution of the Erasmus+-fund, the European program for international mobility. This contribution will cover the costs of the flight, the accommodation and board during the project in Morocco. There is a large importance to cover all the costs by funds, to create a free project for the participants, in order to include also participants without enough financial resources. That´s why we need your help!
With your contribution, you give us the chance to invite inspirational and experienced workshop leaders from Europe, the Arab world and Turkey, who will inspire and teach the youngsters about different subjects, like creative activism, community building, digital activism, project management and fundraising in order to give the youngsters the chance to ´transform´ their neighbourhood.
The €4.000 euros will be spent completely on the workshop leaders and will help to improve the experience for the participants.
We also find it important to note that KissKissBankBank will charge an 8% commission on the contributions, of which 5% will go to KissKissBankBank and 3% to the bank.