Three years ago today – on the 1st of June 2017 – Velos Youth opened its doors and welcomed the first people in what is until today a safe hub for young refugees and migrants in Athens.
From Day 1, our mission has been to provide safe spaces for displaced unaccompanied children and young people on the move. Three years later we have been visited by 1,274 young people over 18,000 times, each of whom could make Velos Youth their home.
“I’m happy to see my family, Velos is like my family”– 17 year old from Afghanistan
Despite many the obstacles that have challenged us, our space remains open and safe for all those who need. Today, at a time of great uncertainty, we are determined to continue supporting the young people who depend on us, safely and innovatively.
“I come here because I relax from the stress I feel outside.”– 16 year old from Pakistan
“Velos is a space where we have fun, we laugh, we make friends. It is a home, and a place filled with love and care.”– 20 year old from Iran
Velos Youth is learning through activities and workshops, but also teaching others.
Velos Youth is being guided through difficulties to get where you want to be.
Velos Youth is feeling safe.