NEET EMERGENCY IN ITALY, ESPECIALLY AMONG GIRLS. HELP IN ACTION: THANKS TO THE TEAMWORK MODEL. NEW INTERVENTIONS AND DEDICATED PATHS ARE EXPERIENCED

Involve the neets by offering them a personalized path with the aim of building a work or training project together, aimed at enhancing and discovering talents, skills and desires. This is the heart of the Team Work project, told by the voices of its protagonists on May 28 in Milan, during the Neet conference: what do you mean?

Since 2018 ActionAid, through teamwork, concentrates its activities in the districts of the city with the highest levels of NEET, working in the municipality 9, especially in the districts of Comasina, Affori and Bruzzano. In total, considering all the cycles of the project, 327 young people have been intercepted, while the percentage of boys and girls who have completed the project is around 74% (102 among those who actually started the process).

“Above all, I have learned that I am not the only one with problems but that everyone has their own. Before, I always turned it into a tragedy, when in reality I now realize that I have my difficulties but I can face them with a little patience, which is not my forte, but what I can do I do. ” (M., 27, girl)

“It simply came to our notice then. I would say it was a bit dark, I was missing a few things. For example, I couldn’t speak in front of people, I was embarrassed. Then came this project, I participated and it changed me, it helped me look ahead and it opened my eyes wide; it made me realize that in my goals I have to throw myself, I don’t have to think that I will never get there. I have to commit, throw myself and do the right thing. ” (M., 21 years old, boy)

“This is exactly what I needed. A path that gives me the foundations on which to rebuild myself after college failure. And so, when teamwork began, I was excited to begin a new stage in my career. life, and it’s a path I had high expectations before I started, and I can honestly say that my expectations were not disappointed at all. Because my goal was to reorient myself, to re-stabilize myself, to empower myself. ” (A., 22, girl)

The model implemented in Teamwork provides for a journey of about six months and is divided into very specific phases: interception and commitment to reach as many young people as possible, giving priority to the most “invisible”; take charge and define a custom path; motivational training that allows you to experiment even in group work; playful and recreational activities, the throbbing heart of the project. The traditional Teamwork model offered group sports training (Thai boxing and rugby), during the pandemic they were replaced by a photography lab that allowed participants to experiment with new expressive and narrative techniques. These activities have always been accompanied by a career guidance and / or training as well as mentoring activities, which since 2018 have involved more than 100 Zurich employees on a voluntary basis. The final phase consists of the definition of an individual work or training project and the start of the search for opportunities, including job interviews, internships in study itineraries or training cycles, training internships or learning contracts, participation in volunteering, experience in the civil service or other projects. active in the cities of Milan.

The higher incidence of the phenomenon among girls, and the parallel difficulty in intercepting and involving them – of the 327 young people intercepted since 2018, only 36.7% were girls – are some of the reasons that prompted ActionAid to dedicate the last cycle of the project entirely to young women, including those who are identified as such or are identified as non-binary.

“ActionAid’s approach aims to make young Neet protagonists, allowing children to be actively involved in defining and building their own life project. What has emerged in recent years is the substantial difference that a structured and lasting territorial network can make in terms of possibilities and opportunities. Thanks to the intervention model experienced with Teamwork we have in fact obtained very positive results and the reactivation of a total of 76% of the boys and girls who participated in the different cycles of the project. With the closure of the last cycle, we can expect to increase the quota beyond the 80% threshold ” he claims Chiara Parapini Project Manager ActionAid Teamwork.

“With the support of the Teamwork project for the last four years, Zurich has wanted to make its contribution to counteracting the phenomenon of NEETs and youth unemployment, giving boys and girls the tools to regain control of their aspirations and its growth, fostering these values. of diversity and inclusion that Zurich has long supported and that are becoming essential in today’s working world. We are pleased to have helped to offer new opportunities to the many young people who participated in the project and to have successfully collaborated with ActionAid, a valuable partner that has allowed us over the years to offer concrete and targeted support to communities and territory “. he claims Oliviero Bernardi, Head of HR and Services in Zurich Italy.

Data from Neet in Italy and Lombardy. According to Eurostat data[1], since the beginning of the pandemic, young people and young people who do not study and do not work have increased throughout Europe. Italy is confirmed as one of the first European countries in number of NEETs present in the area (25.1%), with a percentage value of about 10 points higher than the average of other European countries (15%). There are more than 3 million NEETs in Italy in the 15-34 age group, with a female prevalence of 1.7 million. Covid-19 and the restrictions imposed have had a significant impact on young people, confirming a trend that currently sees the percentage of young women standing at around 25%, compared to 21.2% for boys. In addition, in the first quarter of 2021 there is a second phase of increasing the incidence of the phenomenon, more in Italy than in the rest of the European Union (+0.6 points and +0.1 points, respectively, with respect to in the previous quarter) and, in our country, a stronger hit among women than among men (+1.0 points compared to +0.2 points)[2]. Looking at regional data, according to the latest ISTAT data, updated in April 2020, the proportion of NEETs in Lombardy is 17.4% (about 230,000 young people). The percentage is decidedly lower than in other parts of Italy (Sicily, for example, has a rate of 37.5%), but is still higher than the European average with substantial inequalities between different neighborhoods.

The teamwork takes place in Milan and is promoted by ActionAid in collaboration with Zurich and Z Zurich Foundation and in network with Afol Metropolitana, the Italian Institute of Photography and LaFabbrica.

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