YCC Austria was founded in 2009 in collaboration with YCC Ghana - our partner organization in Africa. All members of the board are working in an honorary capacity. Currently projects are conducted by members voluntarily, but the organization will be applying for funds from governmental institutions in Austria. We welcome all young people with interest and motivation to join the organization´s activities. Thus, the open structure is of major importance. Apart from our projects described below we organize network meetings, discussion groups and other events for exchange.
Our main objectives are to raise awareness and support young people to engage with the possibilities of a multicultural, globalized world. We consider the personal reflection of identity as well as social and global conditions as the basis for a responsible and understanding engagement with diversity. Young people shall thus be encouraged to participate and contribute to social change. The organization opposes all kind of discrimination based on social, religious, ethnice, cultural differences or sexual orientation.
Currently YCC Austria puts an emphasis on intercultural and anti-racist education. There are two major projects conducted in Austria:
BewusstSein: Members of YCC Austria organize workshops at Austrian schools concerning topics like Asylum and Migration, Diversity, Racism in the Media, Africa beyond Clichés
BilDUng: YCC Austria encourages students at the universities of Austria to engage with anti-racist and intercultural education. The students are thus multiplicators who in the course of the project organize workshops and other events at schools and with young people in Austrian society.
We hope that the ALF Network will give us the chance to meet organizations engaged with similar work across Europe for exchange and future cooperation.