For the young
Supporting Young Refugees
Aimed at supporting and encouraging unaccompanied minor and ex-minor asylum seekers through the process of integrating into life in Geneva, our ‘Supporting Young Refugees’, programme began in 2014. Through many different projects, we have developed a holistic approach to supporting young refugees.
Through this programme, we support refugees’ personal development and encourage taking initiative in planning for the future and employment.
Our goal is not to duplicate the support available to young refugees but rather to complement and enhance existing structures and schemes through providing cultural mediation. We seek to help build stronger connections between the migrant community and the host society here in Geneva.
Our school support project is optimised to meet young refugees’ needs as best as possible. This project is particularly focussed around French language acquisition and mathematics.
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We promote better health outcomes by organising discussion and information sessions related to health and well-being. These sessions are led by a cultural mediator and psychologist from AMIC, as well as an external healthcare professional.
Leisure and Culture
We provide weekly sports activities as well as cultural trips, through which refugees can discover Geneva in welcoming atmosphere. We also offer outings and sports activities during school holidays, organised in partnership with other organisations such as; local youth groups, museums, art centres and many more!
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Mentoring, ‘A seat at the Table’
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Employment Finding Support
Our goal is to supplement existing public sector programs by developing a project of personalised help and the opportunity of an internship to further help young refugees gain access to the workplace. Through the internships, we hope that the young refugees will gain valuable new skills, begin to develop a network and further practise their French. The internships offer a chance for the refugees to gain contacts and a letter of recommendation. This opportunity represents a valuable step towards seeking an apprenticeship or employment for the young refugees. In the past these internships have included opportunities at a variety of firms, ranging from small family-run businesses to large multinational corporations and banks.
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IT Classes – Hand UP: In parallel with our RISE project, we also provide IT classes in collaboration with Hewlett Packard and IT-Step Academy. In these classes, we cover the basics (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.) as well as teaching more advanced knowledge and skills such as coding and digital marketing. This project was created in collaboration with Hewlett-Packard, IT-Step Academy, and The American International Women’s Club.
AMIC's role as intercultural mediator
All these projects are pioneered and organised by our team of cultural mediators at AMIC. Their roles consist of:
- Providing socio-educational support to young people by counselling, listening and giving guidance and reassurance.
- Acting as intercultural mediators between the young people and Swiss public institutions in Geneva, as well as the professionals who are involved in welcoming these young people.
- Carefully selecting and following-up with the volunteers who run workshops.
- Organising, administering and planning all activities offered by AMIC, as well as managing collaborations with other organisations.
- Communicate and cooperate with other actors to ensure that young unaccompanied minors are receiving a collective and holistic approach to their integration.
In order to ensure the implementation of these projects, we collaborate with other associations, institutions and local companies, such as:
- Le Service Social International Suisse (SSI)
- L’Hospice Général
- Le Service des Protections des mineurs
- Friends International Suisse
- Hewlett Packard
- IT Step Academy
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