STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP – DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATION 2017-2020
European and international youth organizations play an important role in responding to the challenge of the increasing racism and intolerance towards refugees, migrants and people of colour and the rising nationalism and radicalization of youth which over the past 2 years has become more and more threatening to peace and democracy in many countries of the EU and in other countries worldwide. Youth organizations ought to be facilitators of inclusion. As such they need to be credible institutions who base their educational programs on a truly anti-racist structure, an anti-racist culture and an anti-racist understanding of all members of the NGO.
In this context, the aim of the strategic partnership project “STAR E” is to strengthen the role and profile of youth NGOs in combating racism, becoming facilitators of dialogue and inclusion and empowering young people of colour, refugees and migrants at European level.
From August 2017 to July 2020, participants from 9 partner organizations put together their strengths, competences and experiences in developing innovative educational concepts and management strategies which enable youth organizations to realize and confront the realities of racism in their own working contexts and environment.
With the support of experts in the fields of anti-racism sensitivity training, partner organisations will review and adapt their structures and educational programs, in order to shape them to be more accessible and sensitive to the needs and situation of migrants, refugees and people of colour (PoC).
The partnership is composed of 7 youth NGOs from the following countries: Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Slovakia and UK. All of them run youth exchange and voluntary service activities at national and international level. The partnership also includes the non-profit consultancy SOCIUS from Germany with long-standing working experience in organizational development in the civil society sector.
Within the partnership, UNITED for Intercultural Action provides expertise in the anti-racism field in delivering sensitivity-trainings and taking part in the editorial team of the publication to be produced as an output of the project.
UNITED experts delivered sensitivity trainings to trainers of the partner organisations of STAR E in 2018 (Berlin Transnational Meeting) and in 2019 (London Transnational Meeting). At both trainings, trainers and staff members of the partner organisations were gained practical tools to enhance the sensitivity of their volunteers and facilitators regarding racism.
In 2019, UNITED experts consulted the partnership on a monthly basis as part of the editorial team of the publication. The toolkit to be produced will be used by partner organisations to prepare volunteers and trainers of international exchanges, and to review and adapt their structures and educational programs in order to shape them to be more accessible and sensitive to the needs and situation of migrants, refugees and people of colour (PoC).
Read about the project in more detail: https://star-e.icja.de/