About the project

 

Youth2Unite has been developed as a result of the rising incidences of hate crime – physical and online – which are occurring across Europe and which are gaining momentum.

Incidents across Europe indicate that many people are harassed, threatened or assaulted verbally or physically, or experience hatred daily because of their ethnicity, skin colour, religion, gender and sexuality, physical and mental (dis)abilities or other characteristics. Moreover, public discourses, including online platforms and social media, are steeped in hate speech targeting ethnic, religious and other minorities.

Objectives

Aimed at equipping youth workers with the tools to help identify and combat hate crime behaviours in young people, Youth2Unite will encourage a change in attitude in young people and encourage them to consider the impact of their physical or online attacks and to become, instead, active agents for change.

Youth2Unite’s objectives are to:

Reduce discrimination, improve intercultural communication, raise awareness about different identities and increase active citizenship;

Tackle hatred and stigmatisation of particular ethnic and religious communities (e.g. bias against Roma and Sinti, bias against Muslims, Anti-Semitism etc);
Prevent and combat hateful behaviours, hate crime and serious forms of hate speech against LGBTIQA* communities;
Promote tolerance, mutual understanding, social cohesion, and support the fight against racism and xenophobia by cultivating critical thinking to people both youth workers and young people.

Outcomes

The project will result in:

Development of a specific curriculum with new and innovative modules that will address the issues of hate crime and hate speech. through interactive and participatory learning

A youth worker’s manual: tailor-made manual for youth workers, trainers and schools to enable the delivery of training that will specifically address the issue of hate on the internet, and particularly the topic of hate speech online.

A Bystander Intervention Kit for young people: an integrated set of educational materials intended for use by young people, providing effective techniques to engage the bystanders, and activities that will raise awareness and build necessary skills for successful bystander interventions

Youth2Unite Measurement Tool to measure the impact on attitudes of young people undertaking the awareness raising training.

A multilingual Open Resource e-learning portal that will support the delivery of, and access to, all learning resources produced.