In this second edition of the Youth For Love project, "Youth For Love - The Game", the online game aimed at boys and girls to test themselves and learn how to deal with gender-based violence, peer violence, bullying and cyberbullying, is a must. This virtual way allows them to experience first-hand potential but realistic situations of abuse, harassment, bullying or cyberbullying and understand how to respond and how to adopt respectful and fair behaviour. New characters and new stories: how does the game evolve? In the second edition of Youth for Love - The Game, new characters join Amar, Sofia, Lucas, Yasemin, Maria, Lyn and Georgios who were the protagonists of the first edition of the game. the 6 new characters to identify with are: Stef, Sabine, Andy, Robert, Lisa and school aide Mark. The protagonists of these new stories introduce the lens of intersectionality, showing how the elements that characterise the social and political identities of each person should be valued and not exploited to justify discrimination and acts of violence. Inclusion, fear of being oneself, misunderstandings, quarrels, chat room discussions, youth activism and participation are some of the topics brought by the new characters in the 6 new webgame stories. During the game, girls and boys, through the interactions and crossroads choices they will make, will experience real, everyday situations at school, in the park, in group chats and at home that can turn into potential incidents of violence, bullying or cyberbullying. Players, therefore, will direct the story by choosing and testing the consequences of their choices. With the mediation of a moderator, it will also be possible to comment and share on social media the outcomes of the stories experienced and the choices made. Surfing and playing, the gamer can see the levels of soft skills acquired: from recognising the dynamics and phenomena of peer violence, to learning how to handle situations, to knowing how to react to situations by applying the skills acquired. Now it's your turn, play the Youth For Love webgame! The aim of the game is to recognise the signs of peer violence and bullying in contexts that young people experience on a daily basis and to encourage reflection on situations and choices to be made.
A toolkit for students, school staff, educators and educators to support boys and girls in the development and implementation of a peer education program aimed at recognizing, preventing and combating gender-based violence.
A Toolkit aimed to second-level school staff (professors, educators, tutors...) with the intention of offering an easy-to-use tool that supports schools interested in replicating the Y4L educational program, step by step, in the realization of school diagnoses (data collection and analysis) aimed at preparing, contextualizing educational interventions and modeling them to the characteristics, context and needs of pro-active schools.
To prevent, detect and address peer violence among adolescents The findings from Youth for Love 1 show that teenagers experience violence in their day-to-day life both at school as well as in the places where they meet outside. Many students don’t perceive their school as safe, especially hallways/schoolyards, toilets and classrooms. Other unsafe places for them are on the way to and from school (43%), in the school classrooms (32%) and in the school toilets (34%) and according to 80% of the students interviewed youth engage in violence mainly in groups. Within the community there are several actors including youth associations, sport organizations, private/public service providers, authorities and other stakeholders that engage in preventing and addressing peer violence. However, less than half of the students interviewed are aware either of people or services whom they can report episodes of violence outside the school (Italy 42,7%, Romania 38%, Belgium 16%, Greece 41%). The percentages of teachers aware of external people and services is even lower: in Italy 13,7%, in Romania 17%, and Greece 20,6%. Peer violence is a pervasive and widespread phenomenon that can have consequences at individual, family and community levels. Moreover, the prevention of youth peer violence is a critical aspect of meeting a wide range of youth, social, family, health and employment policy objectives. Based on this evidence the “Youth 4 Love 2” project aims to prevent, detect and address peer violence among adolescents (14-18 years) in 5 local communities in 4 European countries (Italy, Belgium, Greece, Romania), by promoting the adoption of positive behaviours for preventing and addressing peer violence among youth, families, educational professionals and community members at large who will be involved in community-based initiatives developed and led by youth to prevent and address peer violence. Whereas Youth for Love 1 had a more specific focus on School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV), in this second edition of the project partners have chosen to have a wider focus on peer violence by addressing violence and discrimination in their interdependencies through a strong community engagement approach for building collective power against different forms of discrimination and power inequality with an intersectional lens. Adopting the Whole School Approach, starting from the centrality of students' well-being, it will therefore work at multiple levels promoting the role and collaboration of different stakeholders including young people, parents, education professionals, civil society organisations, authorities and members of the broader community. This approach acknowledges that schools are important to reduce and prevent peer violence because they can involve many young people at one time. Nonetheless, school-based interventions need to be integrated by broader violence-prevention initiatives conducted at the community level to address the risks factors that stem from outside the school environment. At European level, the project aims at: Developing and testing an integrated educational programme for the prevention and management of peer violence in 5 local communities across Europe. Informing and training 190 school professionals to strengthen their competences in preventing and managing peer violence and become the school’s focal point on peer violence. Engaging 50 parents or tutors in a specific training programme to strengthen their role in the prevention and management of peer violence at school and community level
Thanks to the Youth For Love project, young people, teachers, institutions and organizations from four European countries have drawn up some recommendations against stereotypes and gender violence Preventing gender-based violence during adolescence is still an open challenge. Despite the indications of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, UNESCO – and despite the numerous legislative initiatives undertaken in various European Union countries to combat violence and abuse – specific tools and policies for young people continue to be lacking. With this awareness, the European project Youth For Love started two years ago to develop, implement and evaluate an integrated educational program in high schools in four European countries (Italy, Greece, Belgium and Romania). The work promoted at the European level has led almost 600 students, 160 teachers and 15 associations to develop policy recommendations addressed to schools, local authorities, and the Ministry of Education. Specific procedures to prevent and tackle gender-based violence in the school regulations, reference teachers and spaces for discussion on the topic, affective and sexual education courses, active involvement of students in the co-definition of policies and activities are just some of the priority actions for the school environment. Other proposals involve the entire educational community at the territorial level: awareness campaigns, adequate and regular funds for educational projects, reference schools for the topic, as required by the National Guidelines for the Respect Education program.