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Enhancing skills

It is important to recognise and correctly apply one's own abilities and potentials in order to get a foothold in society and in working life. Special projects particularly support juveniles with a migration background in developing their personal strengths and obtaining social skills.

Not all young people find integrating into life in Germany easy. Difficulties experienced with their own identity, at school and at work or in their social environment can make it difficult for some to cope in Germany. This may lead to a lack of self-esteem and despondency, as well as to violence and crime.

Special programmes

The juveniles are guided with the support of social educationalists in projects to help them develop their own ideas and implement them in a team. This promotes drive and team spirit, independent action, endurance and discipline. The projects also identify and nurture the juveniles' talents. They take responsibility for themselves and pursue a goal which they have selected themselves. They jointly plan and organise artistic, cultural or sports activities. This enables them to gather experiences which enhance their self-confidence, and acquire skills which are helpful for both work and social situations.

These projects aim to:

  • enhance self-esteem and the potential for self-help,
  • increase civil commitment,
  • enhance equal opportunities in school and at work in Germany,
  • prevent crime and violence.

These projects are for instance supplemented:

  • by involving local institutions and programmes,
  • through skills training and conflict management, and
  • in programmes for using free time profitably.

Involving parents

The Federal Office believes that involving parents in these projects is particularly important because they often provide the access route to the juveniles. This is why the Federal Office also supports parenting skills.

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If you are looking for programmes to enhance self-confidence, the youth welfare office, the Youth Migration Service or the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants will be glad to help. Local schools frequently also know of contacts.

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You can obtain further information in your area from:

  • the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants and the Youth Advisory Service
  • family counselling offices
  • youth welfare offices
  • schools.
Date 17 December 2015

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