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Factsheet - Genova

Cornigliano (15.000 inhabitants) is a post-industrial area in western Genoa, located along the coastline between the harbor and the airport. Until 1938 it was a village of fishermen, from then on it turned into a steel industry city. Today with the end of the industrial epoch, Cornigliano lives a hard transition towards a new identity. The city has a great number of new immigration which counts 13.4% of inhabitants of Cornigliano. The mjority of the immigrants come from Ecuador, Albania, Morocco, Romania, and China.

When did the YEPP Local Site become involved?

2007

Why did the Local Site start implementing the “YEPP” approach and methodology?

The number of the young persons (14 to 24 years old) in Cornigliano covers only 6,7% of its residents. In this context with so many changes, the City Administration expressed an interest in trying out the “YEPP” approach and methodology and sought funding from Compagnia di San Paolo.

Main issues and objectives?

Some critical areas of Cornigliano were identified by the Local Support Group: WORK for young people, the lack of aggregative SPACES in the neighbourhood, the recovery of neighbourhood IDENTITY as well as the knowledge and respect of the different CULTURES.

What are the projects and achievements to date?

The Local Support Group, comprised of 11 local organisations and 6 to 7 young people, defined goals and actions for each key area that lead to the implementation of 4 specific projects:

  • CorniglianoMonamour (involving young people through workshops and music events based on hip-hop culture)
  • Villaggio di YEPP (weekly activities of the Aggregation Centre including theatre and photo labs)
  • "LavorareStanka?" (Help desk "job club", training for the young people’s group on topics related to work mediation)
  • TANK TV (EMN Local Project)

These projects have taken place annually since 2007 and enjoy consistent participation of young people.