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RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.

by Cameron Project Group
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.

We are working together with children, families and educators to take our program to more neighbourhoods but that is not new. New is that we our focusing on networks like resident's board, neighborhood comittee, district communitees, networks against violence, organisations for equality and institutions for self empowerment. 

This way we were able to connect to way more people who work with kids & youngsters. People who work daily with or for them. And ta da … now we have reached more than 700 educators, teachers and social workers to help develop our sports and democracy modules in workshops representing over 300 schools, youth clubs and sport institutions.

Over

50 Schools

500 kids & youngsters

700 educators, teachers & social workers 

Here in Berlin we have continued to be visible and promoting RespAct at small and large events. From June 2017 till July 2018 we lead sports activities and discussions at local neighbourhood events organized by educational institutions over to huge conferences by the Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Family.

 

Summer Camp 2017

One of our biggest events in 2017 was the Summer Camp 2017 with about 100 children and youngsters from over 7 schools and over 25 partners. It took place for 10 days and brought together participants from 8-14 from Welcome classes who just arrived in Germany or with a migration background. We did this with kids speaking over 10 different languages – none of them German. In fall 2018, we will launch an autumn camp of 10 days and we have over 30 partners already wanting to join. We will have over 120 kids and will keep growing. In Berlin, we work in the districts Mitte, Kreuzberg and Neukölln which created a network of over 50 schools. 

Help us to reach more kids and start new summer camps in 2018!

Sincerely,

Your RespAct Team

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Leila raising her voise for environment protection
Leila raising her voise for environment protection

We are very pleased that we will working in Berlin Neukölln from October 2017 to December 2019 together with a total of 15 schools in Nordneukölln and Gropiusstadt! In addition to the RespAct project weeks, we also organize 2 RespAct holiday schools and workshops for teachers, social workers or educators, as well as volunteers in extracurricular education. In this way, we are following up on the activities of the last two programming years, during which we achieved a total of 1,000 participants with our action days, project weeks and workshops.

We use our democracy and sports educational RespAct methodology. Joint neighborhood actions and new diversified formats are planned, tailored to the needs of welcome classes and children at the transition from elementary to secondary school.

What happens at RespAct Neukölln?
Over the next few weeks, everyone at different gatherings will have the opportunity to get to know our RespAct methodology. We will present our planned activities in the Leadership Round, the Steering Round, in the neighborhood working groups, as well as in the launch of the Steering Committee and to coordinate future cooperation.

RespAct workshops

  1. Janusz Korczak School http://j-korczak.cidsnet.de/web/
  2. Network Meeting of "Youth Social Work at Neukölln Schools / Refugee Children and Youth"
  3. Theodor Storm elementary school www.theodor-storm-grundschule.de
  4. Zuckmayer school www.zuckmayer-or.cidsnet.de

RespAct project weeks

Janusz Korczak School 16.03.-20.03.2018 + 13.06.-15.06.2018

Campus Efeu Weg School 21.03.-23.03.2018

Zuckmayer school 29.01.- 31.01.2018 Article

Theodor Storm elementary school 13.12.-15.12.2017 Article

RespAct AG for welcome classes

Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium 13.01. - 03.07.2018 | Every Tuesday from 10:30 - 11:30 Article

RespAct Vacation Camp 2018

The Respact Neukölln Feriencamp 2018 takes place during the autumn holidays 22.10.-26.10.2018. More information coming soon!

 

So you see, we just started! In 2018 and 2019 there are more than 10 schools in the lupe. 

 

Thanks a lot for your support!

Your RespAct Team

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After our successful RespAct summer camp in Berlin districts Kreuzberg and Neukölln, we are in the midst of new RespAct project activities.

RespAct in Berlin welcome classes

We are happy to announce that RespAct will further be implemented in Berlin partner schools – since October 2017 this will be done with a focus on children and adolescents in welcome classes. As many young people with refugee background visit schools in Berlin, the demand for efficient programmes enhancing their participation and integration is growing. The new RespAct program will focus on project weeks in Neukölln schools, especially reaching young people in the classes 6 and 7. Beside the classic RespAct approaches, our work in welcome classes will concentrate on verbal- and non-verbal exercises which increase both children’s self-efficacy and belongingness.

Multiplying RespAct’s impact…in Berlin and Europe

As part of the RespAct Neukölln program, we will also share the RespAct method with teachers, educators and local partners. This ensures that RespAct also spreads its impact after the project weeks and the students can benefit from the modules‘ variety for a longer period.

Strengthening young people’s societal participation is a major need not only in Germany. Therefore, we constantly look out for new opportunities to share RespAct with other people in the world. Our founder, Prof. Heather Cameron, recently held a workshop at the Swedish university of Umeå, presenting RespAct in front of Women in Sport and Adventure. The workshop lined out the variety of contexts in which RespAct can be used when we working with children and adolescents in any sort of pedagogical setting.

We are excited about RespAct’s new outlooks and would like to thank you for your constant support. We need it to spread RespAct and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Best wishes,

Your RespAct team

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Our RespAct summer camp for children and adolescents in the Berlin districts Kreuzberg and Neukölln was a full success. Between July 24 and August 4, 100 children from socially disadvantaged communities took part in the RespAct program, this year carried out in the Karl-Weise-Grundschule and the intercultural youth center Loyal e.V.

Getting to know your environment…
In a sporty and playful way, the two weeks were devoted to environmental protection in the children’s neighbourhood. Together with Stadtnatur Berlin, the children got to know about animals in the nearby Hasenheide park and learned about their district in an engaging neighbourhood rallye. What became obvious: Kreuzberg and Neukölln both have a lot of beautiful places where the children like to play and have fun, but the young participants also named some problems they face in their environment – e.g. polluted playgrounds, littering and unsafe areas, to name a few.

…and shape it!
Under the slogan “RespAct your Neighbourhood”, the children not only learned to formulate their interests, but also to actively promote them. Therefore, a large part of the summer camp was to consider together how problems such as waste separation and avoidance can be approached. In an upcycling workshop the children created their own bags, made of old t-shirts, separated waste and learned how to recycle its raw materials. In cooperation with BSR, we entered the streets and swung the brooms to make the nearby playgrounds clean and safe again. In addition, we visited the BSR waste collection center to take a closer look at where the whole of the garbage we produce is going to land.

Present your ideas in the Town Hall
At the end of the RespAct summer camp, the participating children visited the Neukölln Town Hall, where they met representatives of various political parties. The children presented what they had learned over the past two weeks and formulated their desires and ideas for their neighborhood. The ideas ranged from additional garbage cans and safer playgrounds to an increasing number of bikeways in their districts.

Afterwards, the RespAct summer camp concluded at a closing ceremony with all participants and their families. And many happy smiles on the children’s faces.

Best wishes,

Your RespAct team

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Together. Clean. Active.
Our RespAct project on beautifying Kreuzberg playgrounds, took another leap. The INA Kita in Kreuzberg has agreed to jump-start the initiative and provide space next to the playgrounds to house toys, balls, and other playground equipment for children to play with. Then, when the children are done, the toys can be returned to the space and stored safely until the next child wants to use the public space.

Children take it to the streets
As part of the project, children also formulate their wishes for an improved and more beautiful neighbourhood. Together, we take their desires to the streets. Previous campaigns among others targeted the urgent need for cleaning up dog dirt from the streets and pay attention to dump waste properly. In order to achieve sustainable impact, we seek talks with parents, neighbours and teachers to take the waste problem centre stage.

A summer full of RespAct
Meanwhile, summer is getting closer and the RespAct team is getting prepared for the 2017 summer camp for children and adolescents in Berlin. Between July 24 and August 4 there will be 10 days of fun, interactive learning and ideas on how to improve the Neukölln and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. The agenda comprises workshops on environmental topics such as waste separation and avoidance, upcycling, excursions and a neighbourhood rallye. Following the objectives of last year’s summer camp, RespAct aims to reach even more children from socially deprived neighbourhoods this year. The RespAct modules strengthen children's self-efficacy, resilience, civic participation and know-how on the preservation of nature.

For the 2017 summer camp we still have to cover costs for the children’s meals and care. Therefore, we would ask you to make a donation under https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/respact-children-stand-up-for-their-communities/. To make all children benefit the most from the program and support them in their personal development.

Best wishes and lots of thanks for your support,


Your RespAct Team 

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Cameron Project Group

Location: Berlin - Germany
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Social enterprise focused on child protection and safe communities.
Berlin, Berlin Germany
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