Youth reach new heights together
12 Aug '11
From 24 – 31 July 2011 the M.A Centre, Germany, hosted the 7th European Youth Initiative “Reaching New Heights – The Power of Youth to Change the World”, a multinational youth programme that welcomed 180 youth from 20 countries from Europe and beyond.
Reaching New Heights focused on eight main challenges faced by youth in today’s society: lack of self-confidence, depression and suicide, addictions and substance abuse, erosion of culture and values, violence, poverty and unemployment, lack of perspective and meaning, family and social crises and environmental challenges. Each country group chose one specific challenge to deal with during the initiative.
For six months prior to the camp, each country group chose one specific challenge to work with. Based on scientific research, discussions, and interviews with affected youth they produced a short video clip and facts poster which was presented at the beginning of the camp.
Four ‘Powers’ were then identified to deal with these problems: the power of confidence, the power of commitment, the power of creativity and the power of community. Tackling the eight challenges through these four powers thus leads to eight corresponding goals, referred to during the camp as the ‘Youth Development Goals’: Confidence, Understanding, Health, Tolerance, Nature, Culture, Progress and Vision. READ MORE