RespAct supports the development of children and young people into strong, independent adults. Using low-barrier-to-entry sports exercises, video and project work focusing on concrete issues in the neighborhood, participants gain self-confidence, practice conflict solving strategies and engage in local political processes in their local environment.

Simulation games for democratic competences

The “mayor’s game” is used to sensitize young people to ways of thinking around decisions that affect their local area; topics frequently include violence, safety, cleanliness and polution. Learning to formulate their own and facing opposing opinions and ideas, participants gain first-hand experience in democratic processes.

Sports and movement for social skills

Sports and trust games serve hekp young participants to gain awareness of their own strengths and to overcome fears, to build confidence in their own body and interacting with others constructively. The exercises support self-confidence, focus and perseverance, in addition to training empathy in social situations. Additionally, our sports modules help young people to set and accept physical and emotional boundaries.

Video work for media awareness

Media sensitivity and awareness is of increasing importance in the personal development of young people.  Our participants learn the right usage of video cameras in front of and behind the lens, and learn to develop and deconstruct narratives around their local area. This module also enables the children to structure and present their ideas in confident and convincing ways.

RespAct – Thematic clusters

We apply our approach in three different thematic clusters: Environmental protection & sustainable neighborhoods, Neighboorhood improvement projects and Newly arrived migrants and local children. The impact and the achievement of the objectives of RespAct are regularly evaluated, in order to adapt its educational methodologies to changing social conditions and constantly develop and improve the project.