The project “kHIK it – Strategies to Engage Socially Isolated Youngsters” was created in response to the emergence of a new form of youth distress, revealed through voluntary social isolation. It is a phenomenon that affects young people aged 14 to 30, who often experience school phobia and school withdrawal, anthropophobia, obsessive and compulsive symptoms, social avoidance, apathy and depressed mood. An emerging phenomenon not defined as for dimensions and characteristics by specific investigations at European level, that remains mostly the object of research.
How can we intercept young people in social withdrawal and those at risk? And when intercepted, how can we help them?
“kHIK it” intends to provide these questions with an answer, analyzing the characteristics of the phenomenon of social withdrawal in the realities of the partnership network, involving trainers and youth workers in the definition of suitable lines of intervention to intercept and recover young people in condition of social isolation and guidelines to structure information and prevention plans in schools, to be addressed to students, parents and teachers, in order to identify and prevent cases of social desease before it can become deviant.
- to broaden the knowledge of youth workers on the phenomenon of voluntary social isolation;
- to analyze the characteristics of the phenomenon of social withdrawal in our reference realities;
- to define an operational plan, strategies and treatment techniques, to intervene in cases of voluntary social isolation;
- to define guidelines, to be addressed to trainers and youth workers, about how to structure information and prevention paths with students, parents and teachers.
- Focus Groups – Each partner will hold a focus groups about juvenile discomfort and social isolation, that will involve, in addition to its own participants, youth leaders and representatives of youth organizations from the territory of each partner (15 participants).
- Seminar – A four-day seminar, to be held in July 2020 (13-17) in Napoli, will involve 29 youth workers from 9 organizations, who will compare experiences, skills, techniques, strategies and good practices, to arrive at the definition of shared methodologies and tools, which will converge in a first draft of the handbook “Social isolation – Techniques and strategies for preventing and combating the phenomenon”;
- Piloting Workshop – Each partner will run 2 piloting workshops (15 pp. each) in local schools/associations to test and eventually adapt the strategies;
- Handbook – Publication of the handbook “Social isolation – Techniques and strategies for preventing and combating the phenomenon”, in e-book format, available on the project platform for free download.
The project, co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme is implemented by nine nonprofit organizations: Akira (Italy), TEAM4Excellence and Sprijin si Dezvoltare (Romania), Contextos – Cooperativa para o Desenvolvimento e Coesão Social CRL (Portugal), Fundacja “Zielony Slon” (Poland), Hidak Ifjúsági Alapítvány (Hungary), G.U.I.D.E. (Bulgaria), The Network of Youth Engagement (Greece) and Youth BCN (Spain).