Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. (JKPeV) was founded in 2004 with the aim of providing opportunities for young people to develop and use their soft and professional skills and stimulate their creativity and entrepreneurial skills through non-formal learning methods. Located in Dresden, Germany, JKPeV is dedicated to promoting the EU citizenship and active participation of its citizens.
We organise international Projects, Events and Trainings for young people and adults on site and abroad with a focus on assisting the cultural enrichment of the city of Dresden and the Free State of Saxony while also promoting the cultural diversity of the European Union. Inviting foreign educators and including foreign participants to our on-site projects kindles an intercultural dialogue in the heart of an already highly acclaimed artistic hub -Dresden- while on the other hand, including local citizens in our abroad events brings back to the city a fresh outlook to familiar problems and a sense of belonging to a greater group –the European.
Addressing our aim, we focus on breeding international, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary cooperation in Dresden and the EU by offering a number of Training sessions and Seminars in Youth Work, Entrepreneurship and Digital Media annually with international participants and educators. Our Public Events offer the possibility for all citizens of the city wherein they take place to experience first-hand the intellectual and artistic approaches of individuals from other countries, facilitating thus the international dialogue on common issues.
Aside from Training sessions and Seminars, JKPeV also offers the opportunity to young adults to immerse themselves in this cultural and educational dialogue further by offering Internship and Volunteering possibilities in our organisation. Working at the hub of such cultural activity allows participants –be they local or foreign- to better understand the possibilities, opportunities and cultural diversity present within the European Union.
Jugend- & Kulturprojekt has organised and implemented international youth projects funded by the EU since 2007. All the projects we have implemented are based on non-formal learning methods and promote values such as democracy, human rights, solidarity, cultural diversity, acceptance and inclusion. Art plays an important role in our work as we run training courses, youth exchanges, study-visits, workshops and seminars where visual and performing arts are the means to achieve our goals. Due to the fact that we train trainers, youth workers, social workers, facilitators and educators the validation and recognition tools of non-formal education and youth work are necessary in order to certify that our participants have acquired and developed certain skills and competences. Up till now, we have used mainly the Youthpass Certificate as a main tool of the trainers’ and young people’s skills and competences recognition.
The Municipality of Dresden has a de facto role of promoting and diffusing social policies and innovative actions. The Municipality has vast experience in organising transnational events which promote understanding, tolerance, solidarity and cultural diversity.
The Municipality of Dresden supports the lead partner – Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. to implement its events and activities. The refugee issue is one of the Municipality’s priortities and for this reason the Municipality is involved in this European project. The Municipality of Dresden has certain policies and strategies regarding the smooth integration of refugees into the local community of Dresden. Furthermore, it undertakes part of the dissemination and the visibility of the project and its outputs through its regular channels of communication.
Memorare Pacem is a civil society association founded in 1991 as an intergenerational project. The starting point for the activities of the association is the widely accepted historical significance of the destruction of the city of Dresden by air raids during World War II, in February 1945. From their memories of National Socialism and war, the members derive a joint and a personal sense of responsibility for the shaping of a peaceful, humanitarian and democratic future. The main areas covered of Memorare Pacem’s activities are remembrance culture, historical and political education, peace and art.
Prompted by recent social, economic, and political realities in Germany, Memorare Pacem has become an established pro-Europe and pro-immigration organization. Arising from the refugee arrivals, Memorare Pacem wants to connect the remembrance of WW II to the current wars that take place all over the world, giving a platform to share the stories of refugees and to talk about the importance of peace and harmonious co-existence of different nations and cultures in Europe. Memorare Pacem also supported the production of the documentary film DRESDEN REFUGE.
Memorare Pacem is linked to municipal authorities, academic and artistic institutions as well as citizens’ organizations both in Europe and beyond. Since 1999, the association has participated in various formal and informal initiatives and projects on local and European level.