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18.07.2023

🔉NEW PROJECT: ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES -

YOUTH WORK IN MIGRANT COMMUNITIES

2023 - 2024 (A2O)!

ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES : Youth Work In Migrant Communities (A2O) is an Erasmusplusproject with project leader Stichting Interlock #TheNetherlands and partners ECOS #Portugal, AICEM #italy and Migrafrica #Germany.


This project is co-funded by Erasmus+ Netherlands.

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KICK-OFF: A2O PART 1 IN AMSTERDAM ON WEDNESDAY JULY 26th!
We have discussed all project tasks, the timeline and context with the participating partners during our partner meeting in Amsterdam and are ready for the Kick-off in Amsterdam on Wednesday July 26th! A total of 80 youth workers from different organizations will be participating in this project (20 per visit/country).


Read more about A2O on our project-page https://stichtinginterlock.nl/Projecten/Access-To-Opportunities-23-24/!

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#projectA2O #accesstoopportunities #migrantcommunities #erasmusplus #erasmusplusproject #strategicpartnership #diversity #inclusion #empowerment

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10.07.2023

PROJECT JOURNEYS IN SLOVENIA - JUNE 2023

After our study trips to Amsterdam, Piatra Neamt and London, we have concluded the project in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


In an online session organized by our Turkish partner Istanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi we concluded the project with various presentations from the partners and also the presentation of the Journeys app.

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The Journeys app is developed to find cultural heritage sites in different cities with locations usually outside the usual tourist spots. At this moment we have laid the foundation of the app. In the coming year, all partners will continue to extend the app with more locations. To access the Digital Map/App click here: https://journey-world.glideapp.io/dl/6471c6?full=t or scan the QR-code:

Many thanks to projectleader Karl Murray of the Ubele Initiative for his guidance and implementation, we also thank our other partners Sindicatul SLI Neamt, Društvo Stezosledcev and Istanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi for their expertise, their input and participation. It was a great journey and informative experience working with them during project Journeys!


Visit our project-page https://stichtinginterlock.nl/Projecten/Journeys-21-23/ and read more about ‘JOURNEYS, exploration of Culture and Heritage’ an Erasmusplus strategic partnership with 🇬🇧 The Ubele Initiative UK, 🇳🇱 Stichting Interlock TheNetherlands, 🇷🇴 Sindicatul SLI Neamt Romania, 🇸🇮 Društvo Stezosledcev Slovenia & 🇹🇷 Istanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi Turkey.
Co-funded by Erasmus+ UK.


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10.03.2023

PROJECT JOURNEYS IN THE UK FEBRUARY -
MARCH 2023

Following our (Interlock Foundation) trip to Piatra Neamt, Romania in October last year, we completed the study trip to London last week.


A busy week with many new impressions starting with interesting talks and presentations by Jeremy Crook OBE (CEO Action for Race Equality) and Dr. Patrick Vernon (Black community in Great Britain).
https://www.actionforraceequality.org.uk/ https://patrickvernon.org.uk/

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We enjoyed our visit to Selby Centre (many cultures, one community) where we talked with Nathaniel Colman (Philosopher and historian of ‘race’) and Arlene McKenzie, about “acts reclaming Cultural Space”, both are project managers of the Ubele Initiative. Visit https://www.selbytrust.co.uk/ to read more about Selby Trust.


We had an interesting visit to the Percy House (PH), where we had a presentation about the heritage of PH by Joanna Yeung (Heritage Project Manager Tottenham Hotspur Foundation). https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/the-club/foundation/about-us/percy-house-heritage/


We also enjoyed an educational introduction to the Rastafari community with a lot of new information by Arlene McKenzie and ended the day with a creative djembé workshop by Ras Happa.


Alvin Kofi (artist, painter, storyteller) showed us around Brixton, telling us about the city’s history.


Read more about Alvin: https://www.alvinkofi.com.


We concluded the project week with a visit to ‘Museum Of The Home’ in conversation with Michael McMillan about his exhibition The Front Room: Migrant Aesthetics in the Home. https://www.museumofthehome.org.uk/whats-on/rooms-through-time/a-front-room-in-1970/


We would like to thank our project leader Karl Murray and The Ubele Initiative for organizing this third study trip in the context of this project.


Due to the consequences of the earthquake in Turkey, we as a group have unfortunately decided to cancel the trip to Istanbul. In June we will close the project in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Don’t miss any updates of ‘JOURNEYS’, follow us on FB, IG, In and Twitter!


Also visit our project-page https://stichtinginterlock.nl/Projecten/Journeys-21-23/ and read more about ‘JOURNEYS, exploration of Culture and Heritage’ an Erasmusplus strategic partnership with 🇬🇧 The Ubele Initiative UK, 🇳🇱 Stichting Interlock TheNetherlands, 🇷🇴 Sindicatul SLI Neamt Romania, 🇸🇮 Društvo Stezosledcev Slovenia & 🇹🇷 Istanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi Turkey.
Co-funded by Erasmusplus UK.

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22.10.2022

PROJECT JOURNEYS IN ROMANIA - OCTOBER 2022

We have completed part 2 of project JOURNEYS, the educational study trip to Piatra Neamt Romania with five countries and 12 enthusiastic participants.


Many thanks to Sindicatul SLI Neamt for the organization and their hospitality!

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In addition to various workshops, we have had interesting and instructive conversations with teachers about the challenges in education and the positive effects of European projects on their work.


We have held discussions with the Roma community about integration and their associated challenges in Romania.


We were introduced to Romanian folklore.


We enjoyed a presentation by students of the Colegiul National “Petru Rares”, Piatra Neamt, about their project Neves, which won them the first prize ❗️: NASA’s NSS Space Settlement Contest. And of course we also enjoyed the hospitality of the people and the beautiful landscape!


Up next for project JOURNEYS:


February 2023: study trip to 🇬🇧 London
May 2023: Presentation of project results in 🇹🇷 Istanbul
July 2023: Final evaluation in 🇸🇮 Ljubljana


Don’t miss any updates of ‘JOURNEYS’, follow us on FB, IG, In and Twitter!


Also visit our project-page https://stichtinginterlock.nl/Projecten/Journeys-21-23/ and read more about ‘JOURNEYS’ an Erasmusplus strategic partnership with 🇬🇧 The Ubele Initiative UK, 🇳🇱 Stichting Interlock TheNetherlands, 🇷🇴 Sindicatul SLI Neamt Romania, 🇸🇮 Društvo Stezosledcev Slovenia & 🇹🇷 Istanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi Turkey. Co-funded by Erasmus+ UK.

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22.10.2022

PROJECT JOURNEYS IN AMSTERDAM - MAY 2022

➡️ JOURNEYS ‘21-‘23. ⬅️


We have successfully ended part 1 of project JOURNEYS, the educational study trip to Amsterdam Southeast in The Netherlands with five countries and 12 enthusiastic participants!

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We got to know each other, talked about and discussed our countries- and our own cultural heritages, participated in interesting workshops and enjoyed educational presentations of each of the countries.


We also brainstormed about how the end-event/Presentation of JOURNEYS in Turkey should look like in total.


And last but not least, we enjoyed all kinds of delicious Dutch and Surinamese food and did some amazing sightseeing!


Up next: part 2 in 🇷🇴 Romania October 2022! 😄💪🏽


Don’t miss any updates of ‘JOURNEYS’, follow us on FB, IG, In and Twitter!


Also visit our project-page https://stichtinginterlock.nl/Projecten/Journeys-21-23/ and read more about ‘JOURNEYS’ an Erasmusplus strategic partnership with 🇬🇧 The Ubele Initiative UK and 🇳🇱 Stichting Interlock TheNetherlands, 🇷🇴 Sindicatul SLI Neamt Romania, 🇸🇮 Društvo Stezosledcev Slovenia &🇹🇷 Istanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi Turkey. Co-funded by Erasmusplus UK.

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01.02.2020

YOUTH EXCHANGE PROJECT MIRROR-2020 IN CROATIA

‘MIRROR’ is a youth exchange program in Zagreb, Croatia with youngsters from project-leader CARPE DIEM - Croatia and youngsters from project-partners STICHTING INTERLOCK - The Netherlands, SERVEI CILVIL INTERNACIONAL - Spain and PARCOURS LE MONDE SUD OUEST - France.

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Through this Youth Exchange young people will have the opportunity to develop tools to improve their self-esteem and to increase awareness of the social impact on self-esteem.


The participants will lead non-formal education activities as energizers, role plays, exhibition etc. They will have to communicate through the Youth Exchange and during the dissemination activities so improvement of their communication skills is expected.


Since the Youth Exchange is led by the participants, they will have the opportunity to improve the skills they want because the goal is to enhance their own autonomy and to work in a free, independent and creative way.


All MIRROR-participants will travel to Zagreb, Croatia on February 22th until March 1st.


Read more about project MIRROR on our projectpage: https://stichtinginterlock.nl/Projects/Mirror-2020.


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Also click https://stichtinginterlock.nl/Projecten/Mirror-2020/Mirror-blog-APV-in-Kroatie/ to read Lisa’s blog (in Dutch), Stichting Interlock’s Mirror-projectguider and Mirror co-writer!


‘MIRROR’ is co-financed by Erasmus+ Croatia.

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23.08.2019

YOUTH EXCHANGE PROJECT GENERATION OF LOVE

We are delighted to announce the kickoff of ‘GENERATION OF LOVE‘ our new youth exchange project with the Youththeatreschool Southeast Jeugdtheaterschool Zuidoost and Theatre Peckham Theatre Peckham in London!


In October we will travel to London with 12 Dutch participants and in February 2020 we will welcome 12 English participants from London in Amsterdam Southeast.

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Both youth theaters are a place for creativity, enrichment, inspiration and development of children, teenagers and young people. With theater, the youngsters are learning to use different techniques to express themselves and explore the world around them.


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More news about this project will follow soon on our website https://stichtinginterlock.nl//


Projectleader: Stichting Interlock #stichtinginterlock #interlockfoundation
Projectpartner: Youththeaterschool Southeast #jeugdtheaterschoolzuidoost
Projectpartner: Theatre Peckham #theatrepeckham
Co-funded by: Erasmusplus Jeugd  The Netherlands #erasmusplusjeugd

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19.09.2020

29.05.2019

*GESLOTEN* WERVING VOOR NIEUW ERASMUSPLUS PROJECT BLACK TO THE FUTURE II !!

WERVING VOOR NIEUW ERASMUSPLUS PROJECT BLACK TO THE FUTURE II !!


Voor het project Black to the Future deel I (2017-2018) hebben we studiereizen gemaakt naar Köln, Londen en Amsterdam Zuidoost.


Voor het project Black to the Future deel II zullen we studiereizen maken naar:

- München, Duitsland (oktober 2019)
- Rotterdam, Nederland (januari 2020)
- Lissabon, Portugal (mei 2020) en
- Manchester, Verenigd Koninkrijk (september 2020).

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Deze reeks studiebezoeken zal bestaan ​​uit job shadow activiteiten, excursies en dialoogsessies, het project zal zich richten op het verhogen van de impact van je eigen jongerenwerk met (Afrikaanse) diaspora-jongeren.


We zijn op zoek naar vier (4) jongerenwerkers of andere professionals die werken met (Afrikaanse) diaspora-jongeren om deze reis samen met werkers uit de andere landen met ons te maken!


We starten in München, Duitsland
Van 15 oktober t / m 19 oktober 2019


Eigen bijdrage € 100


Inbegrepen:
- Vlucht: Amsterdam - München vs
- Hotelkosten
- Lokaal transport
- Maaltijden


Als je hieraan zou willen deelnemen stuur een bericht naar: info@stichtinginterlock.nl.


Kijk op https://stichtinginterlock.nl/Projecten/Black-To-The-Future-17-18/ voor een impressie van Black To The Future 2017-2018!

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24.02.2019

RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER II IN AMSTERDAM - FEBRUARY 2019!

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After an amazing week in October 2018 in London, we were delighted to welcome our guests from Hackney CVS on February 16th 2019 in Amsterdam Southeast for a week filled of creating, exploring, discovering and more!

It was great to see that the connection and good chemistry between the groups was still there!


As planned, the participants showed the guests around Amsterdam Southeast and also organized energizers for the group.

We went from getting educated by ‘CONNECT’ about soft drugs and recognizing a possible addiction, to ‘Expressing Yourself’ through art/dance/theater and creating beautiful graffiti after a very interesting presentation about the history of Graffiti by Mick La Rock.

At ‘OSCAM’ Ricard Soesanna had informative talks with our participants about talent, fashion and creative entrepreneurship in Amsterdam Southeast.

Our visit to the ‘Bijlmerpark Theater’ and the good and deep conversations about the African diaspora with Kodjo from ‘UNTOLD’ were also considered as a highlight of the week.

Jerry Afriyie talked about Dutch racism, the history of black Pete, the emotions around the event Sinterklaas and how youth should empower themselves. After Jerry’s presentation there were some interesting discussions about the topics!

We visited the beautiful Concert Building in Amsterdam for an interesting and educational presentation by Orville Breeveld. Orville also gave some very useful entrepreneurship-tips while talking to our participants. After the presentation we got a fascinating backstage tour of the whole Concert building.

We want to give a big THANK YOU to the group leaders from both cities: Deji, Beth, Jaydane and Charlotte from Projectpartner Hackney CVS London and Judith from Anansi-swazoom & Nikita from Bonte Kraai-swazoom Amsterdam!


Also a huge THANK YOU to all the participants of this project!

Project RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER would not have been possible without your input and love! Until the next time!


Read more about this project on our page: RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER 2018-2019.

This project is co-funded by Erasmus+ The Netherlands.

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11.01.2019

YOUNG MEN SPEAK OUT IN LONDON AND AMSTERDAM!

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We closed our project-year 2018 with project Young Men Speak Out!


December 28th 2018 was the last activity day of our youth exchange ‘Young Men Speak Out‘ (against Female Genital Mutilation, FGM) in Amsterdam.

During the first exchange week in London in October 2018, we informed the group about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and during the workshops we discussed and talked about the consequences for woman. We practiced in small groups how to start a conversation/tell the story to friends and family members and took snap-shots while the participants were practicing. These snap-shots were used to create comic conversation-cards to help the participants to begin conversations about FGM with their friends, family and community.

During the second exchange week our participants applied the learned conversation-methods while using the comic cards to start conversations with other youngsters during ‘Indoor Soccer Tournament HIRDA AFT Winter Cup 2018′ in Amsterdam. We were honored to meet and interview Mayor Abdirahman O. Osman of Mogadishu (capital of Somalia) who was also attending the Soccer Tournement. We handed over the conversation cards to the Mayor and talked about our project YMSO, empowering the Somalian youth and about (FGM) in the Somalian community.


Below you can see the comic conversation cards we made during the project. Please download and use them to start your own conversation about FGM!

We are proud to have been able to work with our partner the UBELE Initiative and project-guiders HIRDA Amsterdam, FORWARD UK and Jubba Youth from the UK.

We are even more proud of the young men who participated in this project. They were able to question the myth and opinions on FGM which affects millions of young girls. FGM is practiced in more than 29 countries across Africa, parts of the middle east, South east Asia and countries where migrants from FGM affected communities live.

Our young men are against FGM and will carry this message out in their communities.

Change starts with them!


We hope to be able to continue this project with other young men and other organizations in Europe.


Read more about this project on our project page: YOUNG MEN SPEAK OUT.


This project is co-funded by Erasmus+ The Netherlands.

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03.11.2018

RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER IN LONDON -
OCTOBER 2018

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We had a great activity week in London; lots of learning, workshops, talks, visiting sights and sightseeing of course.


Staying in apartments and having a heated pool on site made the experience complete.


After we met the UK participants it seemed like a plug and play start of the week. The two groups connected well after getting to know each other and exchanging their hopes and fears for the week.


The Sunday started with some great warmup energizers and activities run by Deji, after that we worked on the subject of racial identity.

Monday we had a day off to go out and roam the city and other areas.


The next day went from visiting the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) in Docklands discussing/comparing employability in Amsterdam and London for diverse young people in the corporate business, to a mindfulness session in Hackney with practitioners from ELFT.


After our interesting discussion-day about ‘Identity’ together with youngsters from Hackney Quest Charity we ended the day with having some really excellent ice cream banana splits and such.

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Next day back to talking about serious matters when we met with the local armed police. We had some great discussions about how the police and the community are trying to work together.

Thursday we started out with presentations and discussions about Drill music and its impact on UK’s young people’s culture. We also visited the exhibition on Roots, Rhymes and Records in the Hackney Museum.


Friday we ended up making the Tree of Life. During this whole-day-exercise each participant made his/hers own tree of life, reconnecting with their own heritage and presenting this to the group.


The activity week ended with the Head, Heart, Feet evaluation.
After warm hugs and high fives the group parted Saturday and we reluctantly returned home.


Thank you Deji, Beth (Hackney CVS) and crew for having us, looking forward to welcome you all in February 2019 for Reconnect and Rediscover part II !

Stichting Interlock run’s this program together with English partner Hackney CVS from London and two youthworkers from Anansi-Swazoom and Bonte Kraai-Swazoom.

Project Reconnect and Rediscover is co-funded by Erasmus+ The Netherlands.

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The objective of project RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER is to let young people from Amsterdam and London explore their heritage and talents.

Participating in this project are 10 participants and three group leaders from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and 10 participants and three group leaders from London, The United Kingdom. Our participants are young African diaspora adults between the ages of 18 and 25.


Read more about this project on our project page: RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER.

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30.10.2018

YOUNG MEN SPEAK OUT IN LONDON -
OCTOBER 2018

Young Men Speak Out is an Erasmus+ project that aims to encourage young men and boys to raise the topic of FGM in their families and to provide boys with the understanding and skills to challenge the myth that men prefer women who have been cut.


During the project young men from London and HIRDA Amsterdam between the age of 18 and 25 will be challenged to make a difference in their community to say NO to FGM!



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Sunday October 21st was the kick-off of the activity week in London.


In this week our participants had an opportunity to discuss the topic and work on their leadership, presentation and teamwork skills with our partner The Ubele Initiative.


They were introduced into the work FORWARD does in the UK en in Africa. There were talks about their knowledge and were further educated on the effects of FGM on women.

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On one of the activity days the participants created conversation cards with an artist to enable them to begin conversations about FGM with their friends, families and communities when they return home.


Part of the activity week was also doing some site seeing in London, visiting the Arsenal Emirates Stadium and playing a few indoor soccer games with the Somali community in London. Also a visit to some of the activities of the Somali week in London.

On the last activity day the participants were introduced to FORWARD’s motivational speaker – Suleiman Hasni.


In this last session of the week, Suleiman explained FGM from community perspective to the participants and had an open discussion with him.


After a full week of activities in London we all are looking forward to the second part of the project in Amsterdam in December 2018!!


This project is funded by Erasmus+ The Netherlands.


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20.09.2018

LET’S GO! YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAM IN FINLAND - 

OCTOBER 2018

Our partner H4 Ouliasten from Oulianen in Finland asked us if we could form a group of 8 youngsters from Amsterdam Southeast (Zuidoost) and give them the opportunity to go to Finland.


We approached Jeugdtheaterschool Zuidoost (Youth Theatre School Southeast) to participate in this project. Together we selected a group of 8 young motivated people between 15 and 21 years from JTSZO.


The excitement in the group grew more and more during our information-night this week.

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The Dutch participants can’t wait for this adventure to start. They will leave for Finland with two teachers from JTSZO in the Crocus Holiday in October!


During this Action program the Dutch and Finnish participants will get to know each other’s culture, follow active indoor- and outdoor workshops, explore the city and learn some of the Finnish history.


The group will also enjoy some of Finland’s traditional food.


Project LET’S GO! is co-funded by Erasmus+ Finland.


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01.08.2018

PROJECT RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER

We are happy to announce that our new youth exchange program RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER will be starting in August 2018!


We will run this program together with our English partner Hackney CVS from London.


The objective of project RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER is to let young people from Amsterdam and London explore their heritage and talents.

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Participating in this project are 10 participants and three group leaders from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and 10 participants and three group leaders from London, The United Kingdom. Our participants are young African diaspora adults between the ages of 18 and 25.


Project Reconnect and Rediscover will have impact on how the participants look at their own environment, their cultural heritage and how they see the world they live in. They will learn how to use their own talents in helping others and how to use their talents in creating social projects within their own community and abroad.


By exposing the participants to the experiences in this project we expect a change in their employ-ability and improve their career prospects.


Project Reconnect and Rediscover is co-funded by Erasmus+ The Netherlands.


Read more about this project on our project page: RECONNECT AND REDISCOVER.


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20.07.2018

YOUNG MEN SPEAK OUT - JULY 2018

We are happy to announce that joined with our partners we have started this month with our INTERLOCK FOUNDATION PROJECT ‘YOUNG MEN SPEAK OUT’.


We are running this project with HIRDA (Amsterdam), THE UBELE INITIATIVE (London) and FORWARD (London.


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During this project young men from Amsterdam and London between the age of 18 and 25 will be challenged to make a difference in their community to say NO to FGM!


Our participants will work on their leadership, presentation and teamwork skills and will be provided with the tools to make the subject open for discussion.


This project is co-funded by Erasmus+ The Netherlands.


Go to the project-page on our website YOUNG MEN SPEAK OUT for more information and follow us on FB, Twit, In and IG so you won’t miss the developments of project ‘YOUNG MEN SPEAK OUT’!

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07.05.2018

FOREIGN SISTERS IN LONDON: APRIL - MAY 2018

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After the first half of project Foreign Sisters in October 2017 we were very much looking forward to this visit from April 28th until may 5th for the second half.


We enjoyed our great and instructive week during our second part of project Foreign Sisters!


The English participants had welcomed the group from Amsterdam at Heathrow airport. After the reception we jointly went by tube to the hostel at Swiss Cottage.


After checking in we kicked off with dinner so all the participants had a chance to renew their friendship, and there were lots of stories to be shared! The excitement for being in London for the first time was definitely there.


During the various workshops, the girls exchanged personal experiences with each other and discussions were held in groups about the problems they encounter as young women in their daily lives.


In between workshops during the week we visited Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Southbank and other tourist sites. A visit to Goldsmith’s University was appreciated by all. We were impressed and emotional by the stories during our visit/tour to Grenfell Tower.

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Our visit to Oremie Centre was also very impressive. Oremie Centre provides in a relaxed supportive environment a culturally skilled mental health day service for African Caribbean and Arabic Speaking adults. The work they do with such compassion and love for their community.

On Saturday goodbyes were said, hugs were exchanged and the wondering and questions came: How can we continue this program?……


Again we would like to give a big THANK YOU to our Dutch groupleaders Judith and Censey from Anansi-Swazoom and Holendrecht-Swazoom for doing such a smashing job during this project!!


We would also like to thank Adiam, Poppy, Laurie, Amblessed, Jessica and Odiri especially for their input and guidance.

This project is co-funded by Erasmus+ The Netherlands.


Watch our full video-report Project Foreign Sisters NL&UK 2017-2018 on our page: https://stichtinginterlock.nl/Projecten/Foreign-Sisters-17-18/.

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*PROJECT FOREIGN SISTERS is an exchange program between 16 girls from the organizations Interlock from Amsterdam with project guidance from youth workers from Anansi-Swazoom & Holendrecht-Swazoom and 16 girls from project partner Kori in London.


The main objective of ‘Foreign Sisters’ is to bring together two youth groups and comparing each other’s worlds. The main theme here is the development of their female identity, followed by the themes of racism, exclusion and discrimination against black women in the two European cities.


Among other topics, the exchange project discusses the following topics: relationships, teenage pregnancies, exclusion and discrimination for participating young people with similar ethnic backgrounds.

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12.03.2018

PROJECT BLACK TO THE FUTURE (BTTF) IN AMSTERDAM

FEBRUARY - MARCH 2018

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After our study visit to Cologne and London in 2017 we were delighted that it was our turn to welcome the colleagues to Amsterdam on Wednesday February 28th 2018.


Team Interlock had put together a program with history, present and future of youth work in Amsterdam Southeast and the Netherlands. We kicked off with a welcome diner in a Surinamese Javanese restaurant on Wednesday evening.


Thursday, first study day we started with a visit and presentation at the Black Archives The stories told by miss Jessica Abreu (co-initiator of the Black Archives) were very inspirational, we learned a lot about the history of Surinam and the Netherlands.


We could have stayed for hours listening to her story’s.
In the afternoon we enjoyed a presentation at the University for Applied Sciences “Dear White HvA”.


The aims of Dear White HvA:

  • creating awareness about institutional racism and micro-aggression in the classroom
  • making experiences of their students visible, where they can share their stories of exclusion and discrimination.
  • also sharing their positive stories (empower students) and contribute to a safe learning space with open dialogue about inclusive educational environments. They do this through Listening - Dialogue and Sensitivity.
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We closed the first day with a meet and eat with the 1104Fitclub with Sjoerd Bakker, youth worker from Swazoom, in Amsterdam Southeast. 1104Fitclub is a healthy lifestyle movement in the K-Buurt in Amsterdam Southeast.

Our Bijlmer-tour started on Friday at the Bijlmer Museum (Grubbehoeve), then a walk to the memorial of the plane crash and we countinued with a tour around the neighbourhood. Due to the very cold weather the tour had to be cut short. In the afternoon we enjoyed a presentation on youthwork done by UNTOLD and talk about the WINTI culture.


Saturday was a working day with workshops lead by Karl Murray and Toby Laurent.
Sunday we started the day with a visit to the Tropen Museum with special permanent exhibitions on the Dutch slavery past and history on Indonesia and New Guinee.

We ended the study visit in Amsterdam with a late lunch at the Moroccan restaurant in de Amsterdam neighbourhood “de Pijp”. A perfect and relaxed ending of the last study visit in the series of three study visits.

We would like to thank: Melita, Sanchia, Monique, John C. and Sjoerd for their input for setting up the program and sharing their great energy!

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We combined the three studyvisits in Cologne, London and Amsterdam in one short video for you.

Click to view the video (16-03-2018) of project Black To The Future on our Dutch-page. Enjoy!


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04.11.2017

REPORT FOREIGN SISTERS IN AMSTERDAM -
OCTOBER 2017

We had such a great and instructive week during our *project Foreign Sisters!


The Dutch participants have welcomed the group from England at Schiphol.


After the reception we jointly carried out an introductory activity. The good connection between the groupmembers was immediately noticeable!

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During the various workshops, the girls exchanged personal experiences with each other and discussions were held in groups about the problems they encounter as young women in their daily lives.


During Empowerment workshops, the participants discussed self-esteem, self-confidence and self-assurance, under the guidance of empowerment coaches.

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We would like to give a big THANK YOU to our Dutch groupleaders Judith and Censey from Anansi-Swazoom and Holendrecht-Swazoom. They did a smashing job coordinating this weeks program!

The 2nd half of the project will take place in London from April 28th until May 5th 2018.


The project is co-funded by Erasmus+ The Netherlands.


We would like to share a part of this week in Amsterdam with you through a Youtube-video.
Click and watch our Youtube-video: www.stichtinginterlock.nl/Projecten/Foreign-Sisters-17-18/


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*PROJECT FOREIGN SISTERS is an exchange program between 16 girls from the organizations Interlock from Amsterdam with project guidance from youth workers from Anansi - and Holendrecht Swazoom and 16 girls from project partner Kori in London.

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The main objective of ‘Foreign Sisters’ is to bring together two youth groups and comparing each other’s worlds.


The main theme here is the development of their female identity, followed by the themes of racism, exclusion and discrimination against black women in the two European cities.


Among other topics, the exchange project discusses the following topics: relationships, teenage pregnancies, exclusion and discrimination for participating young people with similar ethnic backgrounds.

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30.10.2017

21-10-2017 KICK-OFF PROJECT FOREIGN SISTERS!

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It is finally time, today after months of preparation in both Amsterdam and London, we are officially starting with our *Project Foreign Sisers!


Our partner in London, Kori, will be arriving with a group of 16 girls this morning in the Netherlands. In the afternoon we will be starting with the program, a personal introductory round and the first workshop.


*The Foreign Sisters project is an exchange program between young people from the Interlock organizations in Amsterdam with group support from youth workers from Swazoom and young people from project partner Kori in London.


The main objective of ‘Foreign Sisters’ is to bring together two youth groups, comparing each other’s worlds.


The main theme here is the development of their female identity, followed by the themes of racism, exclusion and discrimination against black women in the two European cities.


Check out our Foreign Sisters project-page to follow the progress of the project and for current photos. Also follow us via Facebook, Twitter en Instagram!

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20.10.2017

PROJECT BLACK TO THE FUTURE (BTTF) IN LONDON - OCTOBER 2017

After being in Cologne/Bonn between may 24th and may 29th the group came together in London between October 11th and the 16th.


Together with our partners Migrafica from Cologne/Bonn and Stichting Interlock from Amsterdam we planned a full activity week.


From an interesting learning introduction by Cecile Gutzmore (“to us Africa is home”), to a workshop on the toolkit by our German partners.

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We went to Karl Murray’s workshop on evaluation and ended op on our second day at the Tate Museum.


On the third day, Friday, everybody had some time to explore the city of London to reassemble at the Tottenham Hotspurs talking about the great community work the Spurs are doing, amazing work.


A visit to the African Heritage at the Victoria & Albert museum amazed us all.
On Saturday we visited Brixton had some talks with people before going to the Black Cultural Archives. After a workshop on mapping by Toby we visited Trafalgar square, Africa on the square, festivities for the Black History Month.

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In the evening we were definitely amazed by the theater play ‘The Adoptables;. The play was put together on the experiences of the adoptees. Amazing to see them playing the rolls after only 5 days of rehearsing. We all were very impressed.

Final day, Sunday, we (team Interlock) leaded a workshop on Inter-generational learning, Michael Hamilton a workshop on appreciative inquiry, we ended with a closing round.


A farewell diner at ‘Uptown Cuisine” ended the week in a festive way. All participants were excited about the week past and looking forward to meeting each other again in Amsterdam end February!

Final day, Sunday, we (team Interlock) leaded a workshop on Inter-generational learning, Michael Hamilton a workshop on appreciative inquiry, we ended with a closing round.


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