Methodology & Guiding Tools for The Narrative Construction of Identity of European Adolescents at Risk of Social Exclusion
The present project aims to establish a Strategic Partnership under Erasmus+ guidelines for the exchange of Good Practices on the field of narrative practice working with adolescents with fewer opportunities in NGOs from Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain, and in collaboration with academic researchers from different disciplines of European universities: José L. Linaza (Autónoma de Madrid), Fernando Broncano (Carlos III de Madrid), Damian Spiteri (University of Malta), Luca Tateo (Oslo), Pina Marsico (Salerno) and Jaime Gómez (Francisco Vitoria de Madrid).
This international research cooperation would focus on the design and test of practical applications working with adolescents in the field of narrative practice. The most desirable outcome is to create a common strategy in the field of narrative practice as a result of sharing individual methods. The partner organizations will work together on the development and validation of innovative practices and non-formal educational tools for educational practitioners and youth workers, within the theoretical framework of Folk Psychology, Narrative Theory, Narrative Therapy, Folk Narrative, Cultural and Individual Identity, and Intercultural Education. The basic tools and activities designed and developed by the partner organizations, with the assistance of a Panel of Experts, are expected to enhance, guide, and support European youth in their process of identity’s construction.
Most specifically, between 40 and 55 adolescents from four different countries will participate in this pilot program. Youth not necessarily at risk of social exclusion. In particular, this endeavor targets the following areas of adolescents´ development and education, that have previously been addressed from different point of views by social initiatives, but in this case from a narrative approach: Intercultural Education of youth; Social Inclusion of young refugees and migrants (whether newcomers or second generation) and minorities; as well as the Prevention of the radicalization and the extremism among European youth.