Representatives from Action Against Hunger (leader of the European Network of Innovation for Inclusion), International Professionals Finland and Zabalduz had the opportunity to learn about Futuro&Co., a pilot project funded by the NextGenerationEU Recovery Fund, to enable young people at risk of social and residential exclusion in Spain to become autonomous and live a fulfilling life. The aim is to participate in the development of new emancipatory policies to tackle youth homelessness.
In this initiative, young people are the protagonists of their process, placing the development of their abilities, expectations and desires at the centre. In this way, the support provided by the team of experts is adapted to each young person, applying different intervention tools such as social mentoring, self-narrative methodologies, training for employment and impact measurement.
During the working session, we listened to the testimonies of two participants and one of the mentors of the project, as well as we were able to deepen our understanding of the barriers that many young people, especially those who are displaced, encounter when integrating into Spanish society and joining the labour market.
This study visit has been an enriching experience to learn about an innovative approach to the deinstitutionalisation of young people at risk of social and residential exclusion.