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Cooking workshop: it’s more fun together. 

 

Take one group of youngsters, patiently and carefully blend in different characters, add the stimulus of teamwork and a sprinkling of creativity et voilà, you have an idea of what our cooking workshop is like.

It’s a chance for our youngsters to have a finger in the pie by collaborating according to the rules, but also by learning to follow their imagination. The objective? To try out different and extremely useful approaches in an educational course, to test themselves in unusual and stimulating contexts. Feedback from participating adolescents about the situations that emerge is positive and similar to that of activities in the field. Also here, the various passages are managed by a workshop specialist and supported by the educator who works with the youngsters.  Like the project’s sports activities, all meetings end with cleaning the premises by the entire group and, above all, a short discussion on what was experienced and learned.

The evening was rounded off with a toast: in fact, to end the workshop the youngsters together with the educator and specialist organized aperitifs for parents and other such “illustrious” guests as the project staff, the minister/priest of the host parish, and a group of gentlemen and bartenders active in the parish.

This is only one of the many activities of PLAY FOR CHANGE, the Fondazione Milan programme set up to help young people at risk find their path and fulfilment.

Learn more about our projects and our youngsters’ dreams by clicking here.

Cooking workshop: it’s more fun together. 


It’s a chance for our youngsters to have a finger in the pie by collaborating according to the rules, but also by learning to follow their imagination. The objective? To try out different and extremely useful approaches in an educational course, to test themselves in unusual and stimulating contexts. Feedback from participating adolescents about the situations that emerge is positive and similar to that of activities in the field. Also here, the various passages are managed by a workshop specialist and supported by the educator who works with the youngsters.  Like the project’s sports activities, all meetings end with cleaning the premises by the entire group and, above all, a short discussion on what was experienced and learned.
The evening was rounded off with a toast: in fact, to end the workshop the youngsters together with the educator and specialist organized aperitifs for parents and other such “illustrious” guests as the project staff, the minister/priest of the host parish, and a group of gentlemen and bartenders active in the parish.
This is only one of the many activities of PLAY FOR CHANGE, the Fondazione Milan programme set up to help young people at risk find their path and fulfilment. 
Learn more about our projects and our youngsters’ dreams by clicking here.

Sport Exclusively for Everyone continues even at San Siro!


An ever-increasing number of youngsters are taking part in the courses of our inclusive sports programme, which now has something new: just recently we reached the number required to start a 5-a-side football course and training began just a few days ago. This team will have 8 foreign and Italian children from the 2007/2009 classes.
This is an extension of the educational offer by “Sport Exclusively for Everyone”. Organised by Fondazione Don Gnocchi and Special Olympics in collaboration with Fondazione Milan, the initiative makes sport accessible to youngsters in the south of Milan, with specific focus on the inclusion of those with special needs. 
In addition to the new 5-a-side football course, fencing, basketball, creative dancing and indoor rowing classes have also been inaugurated in recent months. There are 48 participants and they include youngsters with or without psychological or physical disabilities.
Early feedback has been enthusiastic and parents have expressed the same satisfaction as the instructors about the success of the courses. The most coveted objective is the complete integration of young people and the offer of an experience where they will grow together and learn from diversity. Our youngsters are succeeding and sport is proving to be the ideal channel.
 

The Milano Relay Marathon is about to begin!


Over 10,000 euros raised, 180 registrations, and 45 teams running in the Relay Marathon on Sunday, 3 April. 
The appointment for everyone is at 9:00 am at the Giardini Indro Montanelli to support our athletes before the start; and at 2:00 pm for the parade accompanied by everyone because 3 April will be a great celebration for us, for you, for sport and for our youngsters!
In addition to the competition number to be collected on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April at the Marathon Village, Palazzo Lombardia - the people running with us will receive a special kit that can be collected as follows: 
- Friday, 1 April from 3.00 to 7.00 pm at the Mondo Milan museum, 8 Via Aldo Rossi; - Saturday, 2 April from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm at the Mondo Milan museum, 8 Via Aldo Rossi; - Saturday, 2 April from 1.00 to 3.00 pm at the Marathon Village, Palazzo Lombardia, 37 Via Melchiorre Gioia. 
Additionally, anyone running with Fondazione Milan either as an athlete or as a fundraiser, will be rewarded for their physical effort and solidarity: three prizes await the runners at the finishing line.
The most generous relay group that collected the most funds through Rete del Dono will receive 4 tickets for the first red tier at San Siro to see the Milan-Juventus match on Saturday, 9 April.
The four members of the relay team who had the best times will be able to use an individual circuit in MilanLab at Milanello, where they can analyse their wellbeing status and receive advice on how to improve their performance in the future. 
They will also receive a pair of running shoes donated by adidas to the runners, so they can continue to train for future challenges.
Anyone who was unable to take part: go to the Rete del Dono page (link rete del dono) and make a donation to PLAY FOR CHANGE, the Fondazione Milan project for overcoming the phenomenon of school dropouts and giving youngsters with difficulties a second chance.
For information: fondazione@acmilan.it - 02 6228 4577

The stars of “Lavoro di Squadra” meet in a special match


The pitch at Centro Vismara, where the boys trained from May to February, was the site of the game between the protagonists of the Project and the partners who have supported the youngsters over the past year and have given them the opportunity to find personal aims and the tools for achieving them. Guests were the employees of Decathlon of Rozzano, who had met the boys during an interview simulation, an important moment that allowed them to enter the world of work with greater confidence and preparation.
In recent months we have taken big steps ahead: Marco – and another 2 fellow adventurers - began a catering management course; Pedro, Gloria and another two boys will start training at a large clothing chain and other youngsters are waiting to have a second interview with 2 companies and important hotel chains. 
Thanks to the support and collaboration of Fondazione Adecco, the youngsters (16- to 24-year-old boys and girls from the Gratosoglio district of Milan) prepared for their first job interviews. And they were so good that the first simulations have already turned into genuine job opportunities.
During the past few months the youngsters have undertaken training with Simone, the coach trained in the Milan method, the empowerment course with Catia, ActionAid expert, and professional coaching with Laura and the Fondazione Adecco team.
Writing and revising CVs, preparing for job interviews, looking for employment opportunities, learning the rules to be observed on the pitch and in life.
In other words, the start of a solid and successful path to growth.
Good luck to you all!

Some results count more than the score


One of these projects is the We Play programme promoted by Briantea84 and Fondazione Milan in collaboration with La Nostra Famiglia in Bosisio Parini. Taking part in the CSI (Centro Sportivo Italiano – Italian Sport Centre) 11-aside football provincial championship by an integrated team composed of players with and without intellectual and relational disabilities means that on the pitch there is so much more than a simple (and understandable) desire to win.
Headed by Giorgio Pagani, this group is getting a lot of experience. The championship began in October and will finish 22 matches later at the end of April. The last home game was on 26 February at the Toto Caimi pitch in Cantù. A challenge with a predictable result: the most classic turnaround between Briantea84, at the bottom of the table in round B of Como Serie B (second division), and Polisportiva Cucciago 80, leader of the classification with 10 wins and one draw to its credit.
“Clearly, our aim is not the result” – Coach Pagani admitted – “but to build a solid group. So far, time and experience are telling us that we’re on the right track: from the point of view of a youngster who chooses to play in an integrated team, there is the chance to be on the inside and see the dynamics that would be difficult to explain. The hope is that they play WITH disabled youngsters and not just to please them. There is a subtle but important difference. From the point of view of our players with intellectual difficulties, there is the pressure and desire to improve in a context of normality, where it’s the good athletes who are playing, irrespective of disabilities”.
To find out more about the activities being developed by Briantea84 and Fondazione Milan, look here 

“Scuola bottega” successfully completes its first term


The “Scuola Bottega” project is aimed at children who are likely to drop out of school, helping them obtain their middle school diploma by alternating school with work, sports and professional workshops.
Every year it runs two classes, divided by age group: one for “junior” students (aged 14-15), and one for “senior” students (16-17).
A key part of the appraisal process is a meeting with each student, their family, school contact person and Scuola Bottega representative. Students listen as their report card is read out, including details of the progress they’ve made and any difficulties which still need to be worked on.
In the junior class, 3 out of 4 students (75%) achieved an improvement in their school results and behaviour. After their first term working with Scuola Bottega, alternating classroom lessons with carpentry workshops and sports sessions, middle school teachers reported a radical change in students’ attitudes – so much so that they feel they are dealing with “different people”.
In the senior class, emphasis has been placed during the first term on improving students’ knowledge of Italian. This year, none of the students on the course is a native Italian: 79% are unaccompanied non-Italian minors who have been put forward by their host communities.
Despite their difficulties in learning and limited self-sufficiency when it comes to studying, 100% of pupils have been allocated work placements and apprenticeships at the start of the second term. After careful consideration, Scuola Bottega has decided to give all students this chance to experience a non-educational environment where it’s not only their grasp of Italian but also their drive and enthusiasm that count.
To find out more, read the project information sheet here 
 
 

Fondazione Milan rallies runners


Play for Change now has six centres throughout the country and each one is responsible for 15-20 youngsters at risk between 11 and 20 years of age. Thanks also to the involvement of sports centres, schools and local youth centres, a personalized educational project is prepared and implemented for each of them, with daily support provided by a team composed of an educator, a psychologist and a coach. The youngsters are encouraged to regain confidence in themselves, to establish more balanced relationships with adults and, gradually, to start studying again or enter the job market. 
Fondazione Milan will offer its runners a race Kit and a package of exclusive services: registration for the event, personalized t-shirts supplied by adidas, a training programme with a trainer from Milan Academy, a series of meetings with the relay runners and operational and logistical support up to the final celebration at the arrival point.
Thanks to the helpfulness of Milan Academy coaches, we will accompany the runners along the relay preparation route. For six Mondays from 15 February to 21 March, the group will meet from 19.00 to 20.30 at the Montagnetta, San Siro, to be on form and be prepared for the marathon under the expert guidance of a professional coach.
Nutrilite, leader of the vitamin and dietary supplements sector, has decided to run alongside Fondazione Milan. It is now a fundraiser and to show its commitment it has also decided to donate bibs to anyone who combines the solidarity and sport challenges by starting an online fundraiser on the Rete del Dono portal with the aim of raising 500 euros for each relay race.
Now is the time to start running to achieve an important objective together.
For full information, please call 02 62284577 or write to fondazione@acmilan.it

Integration also means fencing


The “Sport Exclusively for Everyone” project aims to make 5 different sports disciplines accessible to children and teenagers in the south of Milan, in order to create opportunities for meeting, playing and integrating without differentiating between youngsters with or without disabilities. 
The first two courses began in January!
The Basketball course involved a mixed group of 10 boys between 7 and 12 years of age, 50% of whom had specific educational needs.
Registered for the Fencing course were 4 boys with and without psychomotor and intellectual disabilities.
Although the number is small, they are highly motivated:
“The fencing course began at last on 22 January! I’ve been asking my mum about the lesson with Alessandra since the open day in December!”, 10-year-old Marco told us. “I didn’t think I’d be so enthusiastic, I’ve made new friends of all ages and at home I even follow the competitions on TV!”
Luca, 11, added “In a wheelchair or on two feet, student or teacher, everyone plays with everyone; if you’re not playing, you referee. I’ve learned that even if I lose I have fun anyway. Thanks to the person who had this great idea and to everyone who worked hard to make it happen!”
At the end of the month the Indoor Rowing and Dancing classes will also begin, with eight people signed up for each of them. Registrations for 5-aside football are also open. 
 
To find out more, visit the project programme here 

DERBY FOR PEACE, Sunday 31 January 2016

 

Milan-Inter in the name of peace with Scholas.

Milan, 28 January 2016 – This weekend’s derby between Milan-Inter will be promoting the message of peace with the support of Scholas; the international educational entity founded by Pope Francis with the objective of promoting integration and peace between people through sports, art and technology.

The decision follows on from last November when the club’s Vice President Barbara Berlusconi signed an agreement on behalf of AC Milan with His Holiness and in which a commitment was made to back Scholas as well as to organise Derbies for Peace. This weekend and ahead of the kick-off, the aim is to carry out the ‘olive-tree ceremony’ at the San Siro with the captains from each team. This symbolic gesture will close an initiative that started in August 2013 when the Pope handed the olive-tree, the universal symbol for peace, to the captains of Argentina and Italy, Messi and Buffon, before the match for peace at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. On that same night there was also the official unveiling of Scholas.

“After identifying the social role that football plays, the large numbers of young people involved and the importance of their integration through sport, art and technology, Scholas is now carrying out its projects in 82 countries.”José María del Corral, Director General Mondo Di Scholas created by Pope Francis.

“Football is without doubt the most extraordinary means of global communication and way of bringing people together. With this in mind, sport and its values become a fundamental element for social development and through which to invest in the potential of young people, getting the best out of their abilities and supporting their development. From this premise, a collaboration between Scholas Occurrentes and Milan Foundation was created and which begins in occasion of the Derby for Peace and foresees the support of the Play for Change project carried out across Italy.”Barbara Berlusconi AC Milan Vice President and President of the Milan Foundation. 

Thanks to the Milan Foundation, you can give your support by sending a text message to 45598. The funds raised via the text messages will go towards the Play for Change project which helps youngsters regain confidence in themselves and gradually start studying again or enter the job market. Backing the project in occasion of the derby Milan-Inter will be Scholas Occurrentes. The funds raised by Scholas meanwhile will be for the Scholas Ciudadania – Scholas Cittadinanza projects and the initiatives in Africa and Latin America. 

More on Scholas:

Scholas is an International Organisation of Pontifical Right, approved and established by Pope Francis on August 13, 2013 in the Vatican City. It uses technology, art and sport to promote social integration and the bringing together of cultures for peace. The organisation is present in 82 countries through its network of more than 400.000 schools and educational centres with headquarters in the Vatican City, Argentina, Spain, Paraguay and Mozambique. The mission is to achieve integration between people, especially amongst those with fewer resources, through the efforts of all social partners. It works with schools from both the private and public sector and of all faiths. Sport, art and technology are the tools to make the aforementioned goals possible with some of the most important characters and organisations across the world already responding to the appeal of Pope Francis through Scholas and working for a peaceful and integrated world. 

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Scholas Cittadina: this is an educational programme for the training of secondary school students and that seeks to promote civil participation in young people, starting from the most pressing issues and generating changes in themselves and their surroundings. The programme works with students from different schools situated in different districts, both in the public and private sector, religious and non-religious. It was valued as a highly innovate and effective integration experience. 

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FutVal: this is a programme with the aim of instilling values through football which teaches young people to interact and work as a team and prioritise the good of the team ahead of the individual. This experience aims to help the development of children and young people in vulnerable situations and is for those between 7 and 18 years in testing social situations and difficulties. FutVal reaches out to these young people through football schools, oratories and organisations that educate through sport. The objective is to enrich the lives of children, young people and communities through sport and football. 

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