Nordstadjugend a.s.b.l. is a Luxembourgish non-profit and non-governmental organization. Since 1989, we have been active in youth work on local, national and international level. We are based in Diekirch, Luxembourg, which is a small country between France, Belgium and Germany.
We are constantly looking for future partners.
A brief presentation of us
Nordstadjugend a.s.b.l. focuses on youth work with and for youngsters between 11 and 30 years. We own two youth centers in Ettelbruck and Diekirch, a Youth Information Center as well as accommodation (“Jugendwunnen”) for 21 young, independent adults who can or no longer want to live at home. We are also responsible for the organization, coordination and implementation of regional projects and activities in our 12 partner municipalities. Furthermore, we focus on national and international youth projects.
Our staff currently consists of 15 educators, social workers and coordinators. We pursue the goals of supporting young people (prevention), promoting them (participation) and enabling them to find a suitable place in our society (integration). All our offers are based on low-threshold, integration-promoting leisure activities and meeting opportunities, which are aimed at young people in extracurricular/non-professional leisure and educational area.
Activities and experiences
We are responsible for regional and local youth work in the “Nordstad” youth communities. In addition to working in the two youth centers, Nordstadjugend a.s.b.l. can draw on many years of broad experience in the organization and management of projects on youth-related topics (prevention, teaching self-confidence, recognizing skills, career orientation, experiencing democratic processes, music, sport, culture, art and much more). The goal is always to support young people in their development, to encourage them and to (re-)integrate them into society.
Since 2015, we have been organizing and doing the yearly “Outdoor+” YE in cooperation with four other organizations/countries. This youth exchange focuses on building self-confidence and competences-awareness through outdoor activities. Our application for the coming edition in 2023 has already been approved. The "Culture Point" project has been organized and carried out for several years and in successful cooperation with our project partners. We also took part in several youth meetings.
Nordstadjugend has been a member of the "Network" platform for 12 years, which promotes cooperation between European countries and regions. The main focus of this platform is the organization of European youth exchanges and voluntary services with the aim of bringing young people closer to Europe, other young people and cultures. We are also constantly striving to develop non-formal projects in order to support young people in the best possible way on their way of growing up in our modern society with a countless variety of possibilities.
Skills and expertise of our staff involved in Erasmus+ projects
Involved in Erasmus+ projects are Jenny Schmit, Senada Bobar and Harpa Run Tordardottir.
Jenny is a youth worker who obtained her Bachelor’s degree “social work” in Germany in 2021. She has been working for Nordstadjugend a.s.b.l. since January 2022. Before and during her studies, she has gained experience through her work in refugee camps. She has also worked as a kindergarten substitute teacher for a year.
Since July 2022, she does regional, national and international youth work, including Erasmus+ projects. Her first project was the 2022 edition of “Outdoor+”, where she was responsible for its organization and execution as well as for the final report. She also wrote the application for the 2023 edition. In November 2022, she took part in the “BiTriMulti”-training course, which was held in Luxembourg and hosted by the National Agency “anefore”.
Senada is an educator, currently studying part time to get her degree in “social work”. She has already taken part in many international projects. Since 2015, she has been involved in the organization of Outdoor+. Through her 18-year work in the youth center in Ettelbruck, she has gained a lot of experience in working with young people. In June 2022, she took over the management of the youth center.
Harpa is a youth worker and the coordinator of the organization. She has a master’s degree in pedagogy. Through her work in the youth field since 2011, she has gained a lot of experience with young people. Harpa has organized youth exchanges herself (f. ex. Outdoor+ from 2015 – 2020) and taken part in a lot of youth projects and encounters as a leader.
All of the involved continue to expand their skills and knowledge by attending regular exchanges and meetings as well as taking part in relevant training courses held by the national agency “anefore”, and attend other exchanges and meetings.
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