Youth centres A mix of different youth work under one roof –Grabbelpas / swappas –During holidays: playground association –Youth club –Skate club –Drama club –Teen age club –Rehearsal space for local young musicians –…
Youth centres Often can you find the municipal youth service in the same building Mostly with employees –Own resources –By means of funding –By means of the municipality
Youth clubs My youth club is my MATE –M EETING – ENCOUNTER Joy & Fun, do nothing or do a lot Alternative to commercial sector –A CTIVATION Engagement, Involvement, Critical sense Inclusion & Social Change –T OGETHER Live, Work, Be together = Group work rules Values: solidarity, respect, –E DUCATION Informal & Formal Learning Learning by experience
Youth clubs More practical: –Run by volunteers (for and by youngsters) –For youngster from (14) 16 till 25 years old –Open several days a week Mostly in weekends and on Wednesday Informal meeting –You can drink something for real democratic prices (but you’re not obliged to drink) Youth bar –Organising activities Parties Concerts Movie nights Excursions …
Youth clubs More practical: –Open to everyone irrespective of race, sex, religious and political conviction,… –Organising training for members and volunteers –Non-commercial / non-profit organization –Youngsters have autonomy
Youth clubs Structure (based on the principal of participation throughout the whole organization) –Non-profit organization –Municipal non-profit organization –Association without legal personality
Youth clubs Structure –Non-profit organization –Municipal non-profit organization –Association without legal personality General Assembly Executive Committee Youth Committee Work Groups Members In a non-profit organization the organization itself is a legal person. This means that the person who acts in behalf of the organization is legally protected by the organization.
Youth clubs Structure –Non-profit organization –Municipal non-profit organization –Association without legal personality The General Assembly consist of half +one politicians, so they have the majority of the votes.
Youth clubs Structure –Non-profit organization –Municipal non-profit organization –Association without legal personality People who act in behalf of the organization, are responsible themselves and are not legally protected by the organization.
Youth clubs Support (by means of people) –400 youth clubs in Flanders (members of Formaat) –+- 310 youth clubs are run by volunteers –+- 90 youth clubs have professional support Own resources By means of funding By means of the municipality
Youth clubs Support (by means of people) –400 youth clubs in Flanders (members of Formaat) –+- 310 youth clubs are run by volunteers –+- 90 youth clubs have professional support Own resources By means of funding By means of the municipality –Difference between: »A youth worker in and for the youth club (he’s a part of the daily functioning of the youth club) »A youth worker in support of the youth club
Youth clubs Support (financial and other) –Own resources Profits from activities are invested back in the youth club –By means of funding National – federal – provincial –Mostly project funding –For employment Local (municipal) –Basic funding –Project funding –Employing youth workers –Providing a location, paying costs,… –Special foundations Mostly project funding
Youth clubs Some youth clubs have a specific target group –WKJ Deprived young people –Migrants –…
Questions for Formaat Municipal non-profit organizations –The municipality has the majority of the votes → what about the autonomy of the youngsters? Youth clubs vs. youth centres –it is not always clear what the distinction is between both Ex. A youth centre with a lot of staff → what about the participation of youngsters?
1993: decree on funding from the municipalities to the implementation of a local youth work policy Before 1993: national funding After 1993: funding by the municipalities Impact: –detection of local needs –more recognition of local youth clubs –more recognition of local initiatives –The making of a youth work policy plan –Participation of local youth trough the youth council en the youth work policy plan An increase of youth clubs from the question of youngsters in the municipality A BIG CHANGE FOR THE YOUTH CLUBS