For four years we have been trying to both build on, and continue to champion, the holistic approach that was so visibly needed during the first exploratory trip to Athens in 2016. From day one we have tried to develop an approach that values autonomy over dependency, that values the voice of the individual and … Continue reading 2021 Ockenden Prize Winner
Today is the last day of our Crowdfund Campaign! Over the last 12 days we followed the journey of Haji, a displaced young person who arrives in Athens alone. Like thousands of unaccompanied minors and young adults, Haji has faced multiple challenges as he starts restarting and rebuilding his life. Have a look at his … Continue reading We reached #Day12!
At Velos Youth, our mission is to support unaccompanied children and young people who have been displaced to restart and rebuild their lives. Today there are 5,000 unaccompanied children in Greece. 1,000 are homeless. Over the next 12 days we will follow the story of 17 year old Haji as he arrives alone in Athens … Continue reading Support and follow a displaced young person’s journey in Athens
Athens 2020. Covid-19 has descended upon the city. Numbers of confirmed cases rise daily. War, poverty and oppressive governments mean thousands of people from other lands come to the city of Athens in search of safety. Instead they face homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, job scarcity, long difficult processes to get documents, hot and humid weather, … Continue reading Athens Collective of Superheros
During the last two "Creative Bloggers" workshops, we discussed about the positive and negative aspects of living in Athens. Because Athens is a metropolis and still has no super-hero, the young people participating in the workshop started creating one who will protect the city and its population. If you want to see what the super-hero will look like, … Continue reading “Creative Bloggers” keep creating…!
At the end of January 2020, Velos Youth had the pleasure of participating in a second football tournament with three other organisations in Athens - ActionAid, Faros and Red Cross. After going on weekly excursions to play football around Exarchia these past two, three months, the young people visiting our centre were ready to go … Continue reading Another day of football!
The end of September marked the end of the one year pilot period for Monopati project. Even if the pilot period is ending, the foundations set through the project will be sustained and even further developed in our daily Velos activities. ‘Monopati’, meaning ‘footpath’ in Greek, promoted and facilitated engagement and access to formal and … Continue reading Wrapping up the pilot period of ‘Monopati’ – The foundations of learning in Velos