Mario Malandrone: “Worried that this council has cut the Department of Youth Policy”

We receive and publish an intervention by Mario Malandrone, director of Ambiente Asti, on the lack of conferment of the mandate of youth policies within the council.

As an operator, teacher, and educator, I learned with concern the reduction in the Department of Youth Policy.

There has been a lot of talk about young people, young people have spoken in this election campaign: those who were involved, those who may already be close to politics and in several cases the young people themselves have sounded the alarm through news in different neighborhoods, others are silent waiting for opportunities

In the center-right even a list is called “The Youth of Asti”. News and reconfirmations in many lists were represented by young people.

It was one of the topics of the election campaign. The young people from the different camps were the most active.

However, and we should have the data, do we need to understand how many young people went to the polls? How many are actively involved?

During the election campaign, perhaps more of these issues were discussed than the Southwest Ring Road.

A return to the issues of youth policy that can only please.

In addition to meeting spaces, music, the campaign was also crossed by problems in some neighborhoods related to discomfort, opportunities, educational interventions.

For years he had not heard so much discussion on educational and aggregative issues, and often the voice of those who raised these issues was that of politically engaged youth.

Much less interesting for competitors and perhaps much more niche for debate on education issues, notwithstanding the very heated debate about the University.

But the issue of social cohesion goes beyond social policies, education, inclusion and is one of the issues that should be a priority in Asti.

However, when the Rasero administration announced the formation that will be launched over the next 5 years, for youth policies, perhaps for the first time in this city, there is no councilor, but a councilor with delegation and for both without a portfolio and so it is not really understood about youth policies (broad and complex) if there will be resources or if, we imagine that, depending on the case, individual councilors will be activated. The result is a team that plays on the field and “youth policies” that remain on the bench.

Something will surely fall within social services, something inevitably about sport (also in this case a delegation), something about culture and something more about the education department.

I know someone will tell me that there is no department for the elderly, but in fact it is the social services that are in charge of this along with the initiatives of the third sector.

But youth policies do not necessarily take care of social services, they need their own planning linked to prevention, aggregation, leisure, guidance, early school leaving, sport.

Schools are not enough to make educational policies and sports clubs are not enough, they are essential, but it is the City Council that must lead, to facilitate youth policies.

And it is unthinkable that youth policies should only think about poverty.

So will we leave youth policies to individuals, bars, squares, companies, events? Or is there a vision, driven by educational policies regarding the youth of the city that connects all these realities, that connects them?

What will important projects such as the Civil Service and Youth Information look like? The empowerment of the existing aggregation and aggregation centers, or the response to the need for spaces what support can they have?

However, the issues of aggregation, but also of youth unrest are a growing issue in the city.

How can policies be implemented for, with, young people if there is no reference to the council.

As an operator, I believe that prevention, aggregation are a priority aspect in which to invest with resources, with an approach based on youth policies, transversal, inclusive and not fragmented in the problematic.

Policies are made with the Budget and youth policies need specific projects, perhaps in relation to the other councilors involved and other local services (SERD, ASL, EDUCATION, TRAINING; EMPLOYMENT CENTER), but the reference should be be the City Council.

The “governance” as they say, although I prefer the “government” of youth policies in Asti should have the municipality in the center, it is true that youth policies cross several areas and departments, but it is necessary to have a staff, operators, funds to be able to implement a program.

Putting youth policies on the bench with a discount on power is like doing those big clubs that don’t take care of daycare and then discovering that there are no players for the national team. Putting “youth policies” on the bench with a delegation means not dealing with aggregation, guidance, prevention, educational policies (if not emergency) and not dealing with the “nursery” of present and future citizenship. .

Mario Malandrone

Entorn asti

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