Arciragazzi Portici "Utopia Attanasio"

National Network

Via Libertà III trav dx n.3 - Palazzo Portolano
80055 Portici NA

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Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
  2. Gender
  3. Human rights
  4. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  5. Media
  6. Religion
  7. Youth and education
General Information

Structure of the organization, including number of staff employed and/or partners: Volunteer Organization, The staff is composed by 3 stable members, the president, Vice President and responsible at secretary.
Budgetary resources available in a year: Our budget is completely based on the approval of our projects so it depends from the request of funding done year by year. The 2018 annual turnover in EURO: € 54.216,64. The 2019 is not yet available.
Sources of funding: Erasmus+, European Social Funds, Never Alon-EPIM.
Modalities of action (concrete projects, exchanges, seminars, scholarships etc.): Youth Exchange, KA2,Training, ESC, Study Visit...
Main partners involved in the organization's projects/activities: Shannara Cooperativa Sociale, UDI - Unione Donne in Italia, Forum dei Giovani di Portici, Mamme Vulcaniche, Radio Siani, Casba Coop. Sociale, Associazione Senegalesi Napoli, One Billion Rising, No Hate Speech Network, Let's do it Mediterranean!, Gruppi scoutistici CNGEI (laico) ed AGESCI (cattolico), Arcigay Napoli, Famiglie Arcobaleno, Associazione Trans Napoli (ATN),Centro interculturale Nanà, Cooperativa Dedalus,Arcipelago della Solidarietà (Progetto SPRAR Rifugiati) and many more!

Mission and Objectives

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a key document in all our local and international activities for disseminating knowledge of children's rights among minors, young people and adults. The core objective pursued by Arciragazzi is the social inclusion by shaping access to resources and opportunities for all young people (14/30 aged) including youth with few opportunities, minors in care system, youth with migrant background, LGBT young people.
From 2011,due to the constant and deep cooperation with Shannara Social Cooperative dealing with minors at risk, unaccompanied foreign minors and trafficked girls, we started working in deep on topics related to migration and intercultural dialogue by keeping always an eye to the route of youth immigration with a geopolitical approach - first with partners from Balkans and Oriental neighbouring Countries and then with Euro-Mediterranean countries and Africa - for promoting HRE by empowering and enhancing youth social inclusion path. The know-how acquired in the design activities and projects within the Euro-Mediterranean framework allowed us to go through different topics and to encourage young people to be the protagonist and motivate them to be agents of social change. Arciragazzi has developed good practice in the promotion of a cohesive society, allowing to broaden knowledge, providing opportunities for minors and young people (autochtones and migrants) to gain experience outside the local context; to allow adults professional updating dealing with youth; building strategic partnerships for the implementation and study of good practices of interventions in the migration area, in particular unaccompanied foreign minors and young migrants, and the services necessary to achieve a good reception to the local context of the newly. Then, this spectrum of actions has allowed us to build a specific identity at National level (Arciragazzi counts about 50 youth centres located in different Italian region/cities)and from different private and public bodies.
"Our Gold" Youth Exchange has been selected as "best practice" for the BpE (Becoming a part of Europe) by the Italian ANG for international activities with impact on young migrants, asylum seekers and refugees inside the local community, using the principles and approaches of non-formal learning and representing youth work experiences and practices as a tool for social inclusion.
Arciragazzi Portici is the territorial antenna for No Hate Speech Network, it's a member at ENAR (European anti-racism network) and it's a representative at Municipality of Portici for the Equal Opportunities Territorial Commission.

Main Projects / Activities

2019.28 March/still ongoing: “Le Rotte del Gusto” (The Route of Taste)
The project focuses on the achievement of Unaccompanied Foreign minors’ autonomy through the integrated temporary guardianship. relational and social inclusion processes will give these young people the tools to play a more and more active role in the host community, enabling them to enter the labor market and live an autonomous life. Arciragazzi follows the inclusion path and the activities related to the communication for facilitating their integration
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2020, 16/24 February: PRIDE (Serbia)
Project funded by the European Commission Erasmus + Directorate of General Education and Culture
This project is designed as a training for trainers, and therefore focused on further dissemination and impact youth workers can/will have on their target group, by equipping them with the set of skills needed to transfer gained knowledge and skills further onto other beneficiaries. The project will consist of 2 mobilities, training for trainers and evaluation meeting, which will include 4 different phases – preparation and research, residential training for trainers, development and implementation of the follow up activities and finally residential evaluation meeting. Countries: Serbia, Romania, North Macedonia, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Portugal,France.
2020, 11 January: “Immigration and reception: Orientation & Gender Identity”(Portici, Napoli)
Presentation of the book “Immigration and reception: sexual orientation & Gender Identity” by Carmela Ferrara to discuss about the LGBT Immigration flow. The aim was to make visible the LGBT immigrants and LGBT inmates to show the lack of integration policy at National, European and worldwide level. The event was organized by Cooperativa Shannara and Arciragazzi Portici and, supported by representative at Thinktank GenPol: Gender & Policy Insights (University of Cambridge), Alfi Napoli Le Maree, Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBTI - Rete Lenford, European Network Against Racism - ENAR, Municipality of Portici, Assessorato Politiche Giovanili e Pari Opportunità, Consulta Comunale P.O, Un posto occupato.
2019, 20-30 November : XI Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani Napoli The XI Edition presents, for the first time, the Youth section open to works created by authors under 25 years or addressed to an audience of children and/or young people up to 25 years of age. Arciragazzi, in June, started to promote the Festival through its National and International network and a youth group of 8 people with different background, took place as jury along with other young people of different NGOs to evaluate the short movies participating to the call.
2019, 25 November: International Day for the eradication of violence against women The day was characterized by two meetings. The first meeting was that of with a group of young people from different countries who discussed about the analysis of the words hurting them when comes to discrimination, gender equality and gender-based violence.
The second one was structured within a simulation activity scheduled for the XI HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL IN NAPLES - YOUTH session. The vision of three videos gave us the opportunity to "read" the hidden messages and of which we are the bearers (sometimes involuntarily) on discrimination, gender inequality and gender violence.
2019, 15 Novembre-15 June 2020: ESC – European Solidarity Corps: CROSSING VIEW IV
«Crossing views» is based on the values of mutual learning and on the idea that we are more creative and innovative in intercultural environments. In this sens, this project will give intercultural learning opportunities to volunteers so they can improve their work as youth workers but it will also focus on the learning benefits that the hosting organisation can get of this cooperation.
Countries: Spain, Italy.
2019, 23/29 September: Engagement of Women in Politics and Entrepreneurship (Beirut, Lebanon)
Organized by Italian National Agency of Erasmus + Youth in cooperation with SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed, French National Agency of Erasmus +, UK National Agency and GIZ Lebanon (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH) and local NGOs and Institutions
The meaningful participation of women in national, local, and community leadership roles has become an important focus on global development policy. Still, some may ask why it matters if women become political leaders, elected policymakers, or civil society activists. Why does the world need more women involved in all aspects of the political process? Women's political participation results in tangible gains for democracy, including greater responsiveness to citizen needs, increased cooperation across party and ethnic lines, and a more sustainable future.
Countries: Youth in Action Programme countries, Southern Mediterranean countries
Presentation of the book “Un’altra vita” (Another life) by Filomena Lamberti, victim of domestic violence.
This public event is part of a series of meetings that Shannara Cooperative and Arciragazzi has planned at territorial level to promote information, sensitization
and training in the field of gender and in particular focusing on the phenomenon of violence against women and addressed to young people.
2018, September to 2020 February: KA2 - UpGrad_ME
Project funded by the European Commission Erasmus + Directorate of General Education and Culture
UpGrad_Me is a project whose aim was to develop contents capable to enhance migrant youth employability by building their capacity. The motto “self-branding through a Video CV using your mobile phone" was the acknowledgement by the partners involved of the fact that migrant youths at risk of social exclusion and poverty do not possess a computer, but have all a smart phone, whose potentials are ignored for low awareness in digital literacy. So, included in the learning outcome of the training is the capacity to harness the power of their mobile phone, an element which was also one of the objectives of the project.
Countries: Malta, Italy, Spain

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Our association is ran by autochtones and young people with different background, religion, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and identity.
We can put at disposal our know how especially for the intercultural competences and partecipative youth process.
Then the contribution can be "translated" in new local projects so to get large our ray of action and to be more effective at local level.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

It's a great opportunity for my association and for my community to have new resources not only in term of founds but also in terms of new partners join ALF Network for implement and sharing best practice, to exchange competences, skills and experiences.
Then some NGOs, already ALF members, suggested us to be in this network because of great opportunity to go in deep on long terms activities more than other founds.

Additional Information
Contact (1) Full Name
Paola Schettini
Job Title
Project Coordinator
Head of the organisation
Paola Schettini