Partner: Defence for Children Italia –
Sector: Social inclusion –
Country: Italy –
Place: Genoa and Pontremoli (MC) –
Year: 2024 –
Project Status: Ongoing –
THE PROJECT IN SUMMARY
A rap story-telling and writing workshop for youth involved in external penal provisions in Genoa, and the young prisoners of the IPM female juvenile penitentiary of Pontremoli (MC)
THE PROJECT IN DETAIL
Enhance the re-education dimension of penal measures to which youths are sentenced, via language and means they best understand.
Foster and reinforce the resilience of the young men and women, increasing their abilities and resources by supporting them to lay the foundation for a better.
Approximately 40 youths involved in penal provisions and in the care of the USSM (Social Services for Minors) of Genoa, and the young women detained at the Pontremoli IPM (the only female prison in northern Italy that accepts young women for custody holds or definitive sentences in the region).
The project proposes a creative path for youths involved in penal provisions based on story-telling via the creation of rap texts, a method that can be fundamental in the understanding and re-elaboration of their own stories. Recounting themselves can provide them with the ability to understand their individual situation and acquire knowledge that can help them build a better life and make coherent, sustainable decisions. Music, therefore, becomes an instrument to communicate the lives and perspectives of the youths involved. The creation of rap texts, along with theoretical-practical endeavors, aim to help the youths consider the aspects and contexts which led them to their contact with the law, which decisions were critical and how to improve their current situation as well as what can help or hinder their positive integration in society.
The project involves two workshops at the Defence for Children center in Piazza Don Gallo and the Pontremoli IPM, including: information regarding reference points based on rights, via the use of techniques such as brainstorming, games, role-playing and group conversation; writing, providing “technical” assistance aimed at helping them put their thoughts down in verse or song; listening, in order to analyze technical elements but also the contents of other pieces; and the recording of the written pieces. At the end, the results of the workshops are presented to the agencies involved and at the Pontremoli IPM for a final dissemination event.
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