Where We Work: Netherlands
Known locally as the Youth Press Agency, our Make a Connection initiative connected youth at risk in the Netherlands with access to positive, productive leisure time activities.
We partnered with community centers to offer these 12- to 16-year-olds a creative outlet and an alternative to risky behavior. Based on demonstrated interest in technology and the media, the initiative taught participants how to write, investigate, and produce stories for video, print, the web, and radio. In the process, they developed key life skills, explored their neighborhoods, and communicated issues important to them.