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Community-Based Initiatives for Juvenile Crime Prevention

Alongside with school prevention programs, presence of the programs providing various activities and skills outside the school is crucial. 

For that purpose, GE CALLS awards small grants (USD 5500) to local NGOs in order to raise the level of society’s legal awareness as well as keep juveniles (including those at risk of crime) on the right path by involving them in various community-based activities.

 


Projects Implemented During 2014-2015 Academic Year

1. A Step Forward – Academy of Success – Non-formal Education Youth Center Sunny House, Tbilisi

The aim of the project is to prevent juvenile crime through innovative methods of non-formal education. 
The Academy comprises two courses: Future Engineering Course and Course of Peace and Justice. 

At Future Engineering Course students make a 1-year professional and personal development plan and receive a due support for its implementation both during the project and after its completion. 

At Course of Peace and Justice the beneficiaries analyze their own attitude towards public order and get familiar with the role and values of the citizen in this process.

2.New Generation for Better Future – Advocates’ Alliance, Tserovani

Project aims at preventing juvenile crime via vocational education.

With support of local government of Tserovani IDP settlement, the project group arranged three vocational courses: cloisonné enamel, woodwork and landscape design classes.

3.Financial Literacy for Social Responsibility – Institute for Non-Violent Communication, Rustavi

Project aims at raising financial literacy and social responsibility among students.

The Grantee partnered with Free University, one of the leading universities of Georgia. The project is also supported by the National Bank of Georgia.

4. Civic Responsibility Board – Research-Intellectual Club Dialogue of Generations, Kutaisi

Project aims at preventing juvenile crime via raising children’s legal and civic awareness, using the method of problem-based learning, or simulation games.

Civic Responsibility Board is a discussion platform for 35 students of Kutaisi Public Schools, where they discuss specific cases with multiple problems.

5. Agents of Democracy – Borjghali, Batumi

Project founded The School for Agents of Democracy, where beneficiaries acquire theoretical knowledge about values and principles of democracy, as well as practical skills for implementing various activities. The agents have chance to win mini-grants by participating in competition on web portal created in the framework of the project. Grants are provided by Foundation of Agent of Democracy. 


Project Implemented During 2013-2014 Academic Year

1. Together for the Safe Future of Young People – Civic Engagement Development Center co-participant, Khashuri

Young people learned about various legal issues at the Khashuri Youth Club including becoming familiar with the topic of digital media, acquiring new skills (team work, communication, planning and organizing activities) and planning and implementing a number of charity, sports and other activities. The project also envisages meetings with doctors and psychologists where beneficiaries learn more about issues and problems which are common for their age group as well as the ways for managing them.

2. The Law Protects You – Samtskhe-Javakheti Democratic Women’s Association , Akhaltsikhe

The Akhaltsikhe Youth Center, founded within the framework of the project, comprises three clubs:  Legal Club, Discussion Club and Eco-Club. With the assistance of project staff, beneficiaries plan and implement various activities in order to raise the level of awareness on important issues and problems community-wide.

3. For Healthy Future – Kakheti Civic League, Telavi

The media lab, created within the activities of the project, provides beneficiaries with respective trainings so that they can make short films about important issues. Five short films were produced during the pilot year which depict various youth-related problems.

4. Films for Dialogue – Guria Youth Resource Center, Ozurgeti

The project envisages the creation of a film studio at the Guria Youth Resource Center to deliver trainings for staff and beneficiaries and organize roundtables for community representatives in order to identify issues of local importance and interest and produce short films and documentaries on these subjects.

5. Youth Arts Club – Poti Library Union, Poti

Several workshops were organized at the premises of the Poti Library:  photo and video studios, a book restoration workshop and a theater club.

6. New Generation for a Better Future – Xenon Association of Young Psychologists and Doctors, Zugdidi

The activities of the project focus on the activation of the psycho-social potential of teenagers and supporting their civic engagement through photo voice and forum theater methods.


Our Partners

Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia


Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia


Ministry of Justice of Georgia
Center for Crime Prevention and Innovative Programs


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