Collective activities aim to break the isolation of young people and to permit them to develop their personal network. They allow all together the reinforcement of the cultural roots of the young people and also to favor their integration.
The young people have there a ping-pong table, a kicker, a social game, a space for games for children, etc. They can sit there to have some tea, to eat something, read newspapers, discuss or meet other young people…
We have in the same space computers available for them. Young people come to search for information on internet and use them for their school home works. A person is permanently available in that space which is also a place where those who come to see their social assistants are received. This service is assured by different team members and by volunteers.
They also have the possibility of making calls, printing, sending faxes, copy making for various documents meant for different requests (school, administrative issues, home searching, internships, work, etc.).
Workshops and projects
Every year, according to the young people’s desires, competencies and know-how of the personnel or else suggestions done by diverse partners, different workshops are organized by the educative team and animated by the same team or by external interveners. Discussed topics are various: sport, culinary workshops, aid for the house searching, workshop in plastic art, music workshop, orientation and scholar support, etc. Activities especially meant for young mothers are also done.
In accordance with opportunities (considering that we are beneficiaries of the 27 article), we suggest also to young people to participate in different outdoor activities (cultural, sport, educative activities) sometimes organized in partnership with other associations: concerts, excursions in other towns, theater shows, etc.
Projects of higher standing were also born. These projects brought some young people to involve themselves on more longer and more complex creation processes, and have reached among others to the creation of two CDs.: Escale à XL in 2009 (fruit of a collaboration between Mentor-Escale and Jean Louis Daulne) and Histoitoires Croisées in 2014. During the conceprion of that second album, many interviews/debates of young participants to the projects have been put together and broadcasted during a program of Samarc’s waves (radio expression projects of AMO Samarcande). These interviews have enabled young artists to explain the themes that they had chosen to learn about, their reports to their songs, their motivation to sing, etc… Let’s take note that beyond a finished product, it was about a collaboration process enabling the animators to emphasize a stronger participation of the young people.
Thereafter, many clips have been made to accompany some titles of Escale à XL and Histoires Croisées. Finally, young musicians of Mentor-Escale have also shown in live during different events: Babel Festival, Sound of Etterbeek, FEU 2015,
More Multi-cultural than cultural, those moments are at the same time an occasion to discover parties which reflect the life in Belgium as well as to let the young people an expression space for their origin culture.
Still in that spirit, we choose from time to time a country which we put in honor. During those “Country Parties”, some young people take actively part in organizing an evening when they will present the chosen place, its history, its geography, customs and traditions, etc. These different moments offer the occasion to young people to have fun and to meet in a relaxed and cheerful environment.
Formation to citizenship
During those formations of one week, different modules enable young people to cope with fundamentals of the Belgian society. Each day of the week, a particular aspect of the life in Belgium is treated. For example, in 2016, modules for citizenship weeks were as follows:
Monday : Cultural Diversity.
Tuesday : Better understanding of Belgium.
Wednesday : Staying well in Brussels
Thursday : School and Formations.
Friday : The big stage game of Mentor-Escale
Entertaining and educative at the same time, these formation weeks enable the young people also who didn’t know each other to meet and create contact with the team, facilitating further follow-ups.
Excursions and residential stays are privileged moments of living together which enable young people to make and reinforce friendships. They enhance also the young people’s expression concerning their life experience. At last, it reinforces contacts between young people and the members of the Mentor-Escale team.
In addition, these closed up times in their daily lives, most of the time heavily loaded of responsibilities, enables them to forget their status of UM and gives them a feeling of belonging to a family, to be children “like others”.