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.
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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.
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.
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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!