Each year, courts send more than 700 young people (aged 13-18) who are in trouble with the law to juvenile probation supervision centers. These young people are mostly from especially difficult and neglected environments, and do not have sufficient role models or receive support or motivation to change from their family. The shortcomings of the legal and education system mean that juveniles sent to these centers are often unwilling to cooperate with supervisors. The Ministry of Justice has stated that “… Clearly for this form of measure to continue to develop, youth organizations and other community organizations have to work together. Without cooperation of this kind, which takes account in particular of local conditions, it will not be possible for the juvenile resocialization system to function properly”.
The project will address the diagnosed problem of poor resocialization of young people (aged 13-18) who face social exclusion due to being in trouble with the law.
We will conduct workshop and development classes, three times, on cooking, sewing, DIY, and ironing, and accompanying relaxation and motivation classes, and meetings with career counselors. In addition to the career counselling, there will be visits to local businesses selected by young people. We will summarize each of the courses at a meeting attended by the project personnel, personnel of the juvenile probation supervision center, the young people participating in the project, and their parents.
As a result of the project, young people will gain skills and knowledge giving them a mature attitude to entering adult life and enabling them to make informed decisions. We will devise methods for working with young people facing exclusion, which we will use when working with further groups of wards of the juvenile probation supervision center.
36 young people at the juvenile probation supervision center in Zielona Góra will participate in the measures.