Growing generations

Goal of the project

Our aim is to intervene effectively to combat educational poverty and early school leaving through non-formal education techniques, formal education techniques, training and vocational guidance for minors at risk of cultural and social exclusion and to promote transversal activities to develop their specific skills and competences and strengthen intercultural relations.

Who is it for?

The project targets minors aged between 11 and 17 in situation of vulnerability in the Mazara del Vallo area.


The project promotes four main actions to tackle child educational poverty:

  • Educational yards – Skills for Life: This action focuses on the creation of spaces and workshops designed to provide minors with an educational and creative offer capable of developing their soft skills and cognitive abilities. The workshops planned are: Intergenerational creative space; Digital atelier space; Faber lab space; Innovative school space; Digital community; Green Jobs.
  • Transition and accompaniment to work – Pre-Vocational Orientation: The programme envisages an accompaniment and training pathway aimed at supporting the young people in the development of their individual projects and at providing them with information and training on professional outlets, the proposed training paths (agrifood, catering and mechatronics) and the labour market, finding a point of mediation with personal aptitudes and aspirations. The pre-orientation action will be used to discover aptitudes, develop skills in the construction of one’s awareness and the building of one’s personality.
  • Educating Community – Child Municipality Policy: the friendly city for girls and boys: The activity aims to support alliances and networks of trust through the establishment of an open table that will bring together and bring into dialogue the various stakeholders in the area. The table will have the function of gathering needs, planning, identifying resources, monitoring and documenting the definition of interventions and policies implemented. In addition, the table will enable the planning of a series of meetings organized for the development of policies regarding the life and well-being of adolescents in the municipal area.
  • Development of teacher training courses: The programme aims to raise awareness among secondary school teachers of the importance of artistic tools for the development of life skills and resilience and to improve knowledge of social-emotional skills and strategies for training secondary school children through coach-based courses.


125 Minors in situations of vulnerability directly involved in creative and educational activities in the municipality of Mazara del Vallo
47 families who improved their relational skills and their educational action
40 teachers, educators and trainers who improved their knowledge related to social-emotional skills and ability to transfer them.


Casa della Comunità Speranza Association (coordinator)
Community Foundation of Agrigento and Trapani
AVSI Foundation
IC Borsellino – Ajello
Giuseppe Grassa Comprehensive Institute
Società’ Social Cooperative Alma
Zaffiria Social Cooperative Society
Solidarietà ed Azione Soc. Coop. Sociale


The project was selected and funded by the European Union – Next Generation EU- PNRR M5C3 – Investment 1.3 – Structured socio-educational interventions to combat educational poverty in the Mezzogiorno in support of the Third Sector


For more information on the project or to participate, please contact Giusy Volpe g.volpe@fcagrigentotrapani.it


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