The ‘School Volunteer Club’ report results indicate that in the Śląskie province there are ca. 124 000 pupils and that 62% of them are not involved in voluntary work. Our observations show that schools and day support facilities focus mostly on educational activities, and even if they put emphasis on volunteering, these are chiefly environmental initiatives. Nevertheless, we observe the need for initiatives related to such topics as hate speech, human rights or communication despite differences. At the same time, in recent years several dozen teachers came to us for advice on how to run school volunteer clubs.
To address these needs we will recruit 15 groups of pupils, along with adult tutors. We will run off-site training for tutors on formal and legal aspects of volunteering, cooperation with social organisations, introduction to anti-discriminatory activities or promotion of voluntary work. Then we will organise a ‘volunteering game’ for all 15 groups – they will be asked to conduct a cycle of voluntary initiatives for the local community offline or online to collect points in the game. Tasks will refer to the prevention of hate speech, support for local development, cooperation with local authorities, human rights. The game will allow youths to discover different aspects and type of voluntary activities. Finally, we will organise a ceremonial conference to present awards and discuss the effects of the project, including the game-based learning method. Initiatives carried out will be shared online as examples of scenarios for youth-engaging activities.