Thanks to our collaboration with non-profit organization Stichting Het Vergeten Kind we have been able to progress by giving more than 500 dance, basketball and rap workshops in the past few years. Most of the teenagers we reach out to are growing up without a home and frequently without parents. Our coaches will do anything to boost their confidence to get them back on track.
In the beginning of 2018 The Walt Disney Company started to support us. With their Christmas donation we organized a movie night for 120 child refugees in their own refugee camp. We also launched a workshop tour in shelters and refugee camps during the school holiday this spring.
We are also thankful for the support we’ve got this year from the Nike Community Impact Fund. Thanks to them we could launch more workshops in 2018 in combination with an intensive week for teenagers in Kraaiennest, a neighborhood in Southeast Amsterdam. Details about this exchange and the trailer will be revealed soon.
10 Day program
In the summer of 2015 we launched a similar project in Rotterdam-Zuid, an area known for its low-income households and high crime rate. We selected teenagers with the help of local youth workers, teachers, social workers, care centers, the food bank, cultural organizations and sports coaches. Our goal was reaching out to teenagers without an opportunity to take part in a fun and uplifting activity during their summer vacation. We had room for 100 participants; in the end 89 teenagers took part.
The teenagers gave our program an average mark of 8.5 out of 10. They remarked that our program consisted of activities which they enjoyed doing and they appreciated the personal approach of our coaches and the way they were accepted and motivated by everyone. An added bonus was the fact that the project enabled them to make new friends. One of the highlights for the participating teenagers were the rapworkshops they got from Winne and Broederliefde, famous artists in the Dutch rap scene.