Racism and intolerance are increasing in Europe and discrimination episodes directly affect young people at multiple levels: 53.8% experienced discrimination at school, 50.5% in searching a job, 42.4% at the workplace, 29.2% when looking for accommodation, 26.6% in healthcare, 24.9% in restaurants or pubs, 24% at the cinema or theatre, 22.8% in shops and supermarkets, 15.8% in accessing justice or the legal system.

The project “WE A.R.” aims to combat discrimination and promote inclusion transforming youth centres, schools and youth organizations into innovative “Anti-Rumours hubs”, fostering the role of youth workers, educators and young people as leaders of positive change in their local communities.

WE A.R. project has two main objectives:

  • To promote the Anti-Rumours methodology in youth organizations and in the educational environments as a tool to address equity, diversity and inclusion challenges.
  • To engage young people in creating more inclusive, intercultural and just societies.

Beneficiaries of the project are:

  • Young people aged 14-25 with a focus on youth at risk of social exclusion, both migrants and natives.
  • Youth workers from youth centres and schools.

Project activities

To reach the above objectives, the following activities will be promoted:

  • Development of digital educational modules available for free on e-learning platform, targeting youth workers, teachers, educators and youth organizations in general, focusing on the anti-rumours methodology in educational contexts.
  • The realization of an “Anti-Rumours Agents Academy”, aiming at equipping educators of partner organizations with practical tools and knowledge to apply anti-discrimination in educational contests and design effective anti-rumours actions within the project.
  • Implementation of pilot anti-rumours activities in youth centres and schools by trained youth workers, in each partner city, and realization of two events applying the anti-rumours methodology.
  • A set of policies recommendations drafted by partner organizations and shared with youth centres, schools and local authorities’ representatives engaged throughout the project, providing guidelines and practical tips to set up local networks able to effectively counteract rumours and support the development of cross-sectorial anti-discrimination strategies in local communities.
  • Two dissemination events to share and disseminate the project results, involving local, regional and national authorities and presenting project results and outputs.