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Youth empowerment and Buddy program

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“Young people have greatness inside of them and it’s just a question of if they have someone alongside to help them unlock that greatness. We cannot leave this to chance”

That a perfect way to help your community whilst learning something new, making friends, having fun and developing new job experience.

Championing youth empowerment

We all know how much potential is in each young person in our community. And for many of our young people, this potential is just waiting to be unlocked and discovered. VAF is committed to supporting community youths reach their full potentials by offering them a wide range of soft skills and recreational activities.

Many have a parent or teacher who will walk alongside of them to bring out this potential and many do not, think of refugee youths who lost either both of their parents or one parent in their home country due to conflict or natural disaster, think of a single mother bringing up adolescent youths alone, think of children from background of violence who never had a proper role model.

It is our job as adults and caring citizens to ensure that every young person who wants or needs a mentor as Buddy Friend, will have the opportunity to connect with that someone who will bring out the best in them.

What does our Buddy Friends do?

Our Buddy Friends volunteer their skills as coach, CT trainer, internet and social media security and safety, making short films and videos, photography, event organiser, or a mentor talking to the kids about achieving greatness in small ways. This is a perfect way to help your community whilst learning something new as you connect with others, making friends, having fun and developing new job experience.

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Bridging Cultures Festival

Empowering communities and promoting diversity active citizenship.

Bridging Cultures Festival is an annual event, organized to promote and strengthen active citizenship and cultural diversity.The event brings people from various cultural backgrounds, the international community and the native Dutch Community to present and share their collective contemporary theater production, music performance, fashion, accessories and all forms of artistic creation from the local and international artists.

Bridging cultures festival stands on 5 pillars of the 17 UN SDGs. The central attraction of the festival is fashion performance and exhibition to promote and empower women entrepreneurs.

Bridging cultures festival is about promoting diversity in its fullness and investing our differences in a safe, positive and caring manner, showing tolerance, embrace and celebrate the rich aspects of humanity, cultures and exercising mutual respect.

The festival helps promote partnerships across the differences of what we have in common so that we can create a safe socio-cultural environment and a peaceful society.

Bridging cultures Festival collaborates with a wide range of (inter) national cultural organizations and associations, fashion and educational partners in the Netherlands and around the world. The festival expects around 500-1000 participants annually.

Diaspora Community Television (DCTV)

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Our commitment

As the world becomes a global village with increasingly diverse societies, DCTV continues to accomplish every day its fundamental humanist mission to support people in understanding each

other and working together to build a lasting peace and learning to live together among members of the global community.

Community media out reach

Diaspora Community Television (DCTV) is a multicultural media platform with a mandate to promote social cohesion, community dialogue, voice and self-expression through internet and other online media.

DCTV facilitates various thematic debates and forums, create access to information, knowledge sharing, visibility and inclusion of the Diaspora communities in public decision making through p olicy cohesion and the media.

DCTV offers a good framework for cultural approach to development, promoting the human rights and socio-economic situation of the diaspora community, especially women through organizing various women empowerment programs around development context.

Dutch Language course

Start date: 3rd October 2019
Days: Wednesday & Thursday
Time: 18.30- 20.30 pm.
Location Den Haag

Project objective

The main purpose of this programme is to assist participants easily integrate and improve their socio-economic situation in the Netherlands.

The program will provide a wide range of assistance to participants such as:

  • Dutch language lessons and understanding the Dutch culture through excursions

and organizing activities with the locals to share and connect.

  • Preparation for job readiness and employment with the help of a personal coach

who is available on demand to help and guide participants through the process.

Target group

The target group generally consists of migrants in The Hague

including those from European countries.

Newcomers and oldcomers who are motivated to learn Dutch.

Migrants who are planning to start their own business but need extra help to realize this dream.

Please contact us for registration or more information:

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