The Toolkit “From Youth Centers to Intercultural Centers” is downloadable for free in the section “Toolkit” of this site.
From Youth centers to Intercultural Centers, the result of the collaboration of the four project partners in two years, is now available for download in 5 different languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Slovenian). For the English version, a separate download of the individual activities is also available.
The toolkit consists of two parts. The first contains the theoretical framework in which the work is articulated, from the definitions of culture and interculture to a framework on intercultural education in the project partner countries, from European Union values for the promotion of intercultural dialogue to the prerequisites that an intercultural center should have.
The second part is dedicated to practical activities that can be implemented by youth workers for the transition of their youth center into an intercultural center. We have divided them into three macro areas: learning, exchange and active participation.
This division reflects the methodological approach that we suggest to adopt to curve the classic activities of youth centers in an intercultural sense. Starting from the meeting and the knowledge of the other (learning), we then proceed towards the creation of opportunities for exchange between people from different backgrounds (exchange). Finally, we work on cooperation (active participation) for the development of the local communities within which the centers are inserted.
The toolkit closes with the chapter “box of inspirations” which contains a series of activities conceived or already implemented by the partners, not necessarily related to one of the three fields mentioned above, which can serve as inspiration for those who will read the toolkit.
All the activities contained were conceived or adapted by the authors of this toolkit, who then experimented them in different socio-geographical contexts, and then improved the contents based on the feedback received from the people who took part in these experiments.