Climb-Over Erasmus Project

General information for the Climb-Over Erasmus Project

Climb-Over Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Climb-Over

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for youth

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2018

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Inclusion – equity; Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy)

Project Summary

A young person or a child that commits a crime is not only a massive cost to the society, but also a personal tragedy. And, we are talking about universal problem, with millions of such cases across the EU (Barry, 2006). The charges are ranging from minor status offences, such as theft, to such serious crimes such as burglary, robbery, violence, homicide etc. Afterwards, they more often than not face social exclusion and very limited future prospects, which leads them back to crime.

How to avoid that? It is socially accepted that youth centre/worker is a good investment if it/he/she diverts at least one youngster from crime. The project “Climb-Over” is just about that: making good use of youth work to prevent teens/youth from making offences, as well as help reintegration of young offenders. In essence, CO aims to create a special programme in which youth workers would include young offenders in their work with youth.

Objectives to achieve this: 1) identify the most common crimes youth are committing, and look for ways to reduce them; 2) enhance youth’s awareness on the impact of crime on communities and families; 3) re-integrate young offenders faster by involving them in youth work; 4) prevent young offenders from re-offending; 5) raise the qualifications and competences of youth workers, who could work together with young offenders; 6) spread tolerance and mutual understanding between young offenders and non-offenders.

Naturally, the main target groups of the project are young offenders, non-offending youth (and youth at risk), youth workers and parents. The number of them to be benefited directly by CO is 2550. However this does not include people that will be reached by continuing dissemination activities and self-sustainable deliverables after the project.

To fulfil what is planned, CO will have a total duration of 2 years [from IX 2018 to VIII 2020]. Its activities will take place in Lithuania, United Kingdom and Croatia. These can be grouped into the following:
– Research on the best ways to integrate young offenders & youth at risk into youth work;
– Staff training on how to re-integrate young ex-offenders through youth work;
– Methodology creation on how to include young offenders & youth at risk into youth work, as well as prevent juvenile delinquency;
– Multiplier events to promote the methodology, match young offenders and youth workers and prepare for social integration events;
– Pilot programme that would test the methodology through events for youth in UK, Croatia and Lithuania.
– Online platform creation for re-integration of young ex-offenders through youth work;
– SOcial Shock (SOS) – youth competition for developing social advertisements aimed at increasing awareness of re-integration of young ex-offenders;
– Creation of social advertisements on youth delinquency;
– Further dissemination & continuation activities.

As it is seen from the above, the project will produce a range of tangible results, which are essentially grouped into 2 intellectual outputs: 1) CO methodology to include young offenders into youth work & prevent juvenile delinquency; and (2) Tools for Re-integration of Young Ex-offenders.

These products are going to impact the target audiences in all the project countries. Firstly, youth work will be improved by involving young offenders & youth at risk with their skills and experience. This will, in turn, add up to qualifications of the youth workers. Both participating young offenders and youth will also improve skills & competencies, extend their social networks and decrease xenophobia and ghettoism coming from both sides. All of this will have a positive impact on their future careers/life.

Looking from a purely young offenders’ perspective, they will be able to reintegrate back to society faster. CO’s results will also give more recognition of similar social initiatives aiming to support young (ex-)offenders. Ideally, this could lead to more of those being implemented and, generally, a more accurate public opinion towards ex-convicts.

Partner organisations have designed the project with self-sustainability in mind. That is why, the focus is on quality of the resources produced and their universal applicability in the European context. In line with Erasmus+ standards, the deliverables will be made free and openly accessible.

That and the fact that juvenile delinquency is seemingly without an end and felt across all of the world including EU, ensures that CO stays relevant in the long-term. Its results are envisaged to be reintroduced elsewhere and make an impact beyond the project countries.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 124407 Eur

Project Coordinator

VSI INTEGRACIJOS CENTRAS & Country: LT

Project Partners

  • Kaunas Remand Prison
  • Brodoto d.o.o
  • VOYAGE