Art, culture and community life in Mezzago
Description: Piano Locale Giovani (PLG) operates in Northen Italy local communities, managing some Youth Community Centres and promoting school-based projects, cutural and professional skills development for people from 11 to 35 yo. PLG's new project, started in 2015, focuses on issues like prevention, socialisation and has recently introduced activities promoting cultural and professional networking together with young people's direct engagement in their communities. PLG operates in collaboration with a network of small municipalities: to pursue its goals, the territorial and social context plays a fundamental role and for this reason since 1994 PLG has worked with local organisations and institutions to propose efficient solutions to the needs of young people, families, adults in need and disable pp.
Type of Work: Volunteers will plan and organise artistic and cultural events in collaboration with the local community of Mezzago (Monza Brianza), Piano Locale Giovani operators and teenagers taking part in its projects. The volunteers will attend theatre and improvisation workshops organised by the local company "Improvincia", will realise a radio programme on yradio.it, the webradio run by teenagers involved in PLG projects, and a documentary in cooperation with the “Bloom”, a cultural club which is going as well to host the activities throughout the camp. These three different projects will conclude into a final event in which the outcomes are shared and shown with/to the local community.
Study Theme: Volunteers will be asked to discuss the role of young people in their local community. They will share personal experience regarding such theme in their countries: how are they called to take part in their community life? What are the best practices and the future perspectives to be pursued in this sense? How do adults consider young people? Young people were, are and will be an important resource for the community; thanks to their innovative ideas the society is in continuous development and improvement. But there is a widespread perception of a general crisis in representation systems...
Accommodation: Volunteer’s accommodation will be at the public sports centre, in separate rooms according to genders, with showers and toilets. You will sleep on cots. Volunteers should bring their sleeping bag and towel. Internet connection is guaranteed according to national operators (Wind, Tim, Vodafone). The municipal canteen will provide the meals; lunches and dinners will be shared with Italian teenagers and the social operators. The municipal administration will take care of cleaning the common spaces. At the beginning of the camp, work shifts will be discussed and established.
Requirements: Please consider that the events will be organized by SCI volunteers together with the Italian teenagers and the social operators. Thus, you should be very motivated and proactive in following the whole path of events organization and realization.
Approximate Location: Mezzago is a small town located in Lombardy, 15km away from Monza, 30km away from Milan and Bergamo, not far from Como Lake.
Notes: Since the workcamp is based on the concept of community life, common rules will be decided by the whole group of volunteers at their arrival on site. Wi-fi wont be available in the common areas. The dorms will be in the school rooms, in the town center: you will sleep on cots provided by the Civil Protection. ATM is available 50m away from the school. Please bring your own sleeping bag and/or blankets. Our partners: www.aeris.it www.bloomnet.org.