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Guidance for Escola d’Estiu counsellors

foto Assessorament Escola EstiuThe Formentera youth office reports it is offering an advisory service to workers at the Escola d’Estiu summer camp programme.

The service aims to promote teamwork strategies and offer counsellors tools to identify their emotions and camp participants’ as well as improve communication with participants and their families. Expertise in both areas has taken on added significance in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.

“Professional support is a key part of helping Escola d’Estiu staff and directors tackle the challenge they face in 2020”, said youth consellera Vanessa Parellada, “not to mention guidance so they can work through doubts stemming from the current situation”.

“Children get their first idea of what to expect in school from Escola d’Estiu counsellors”, Parellada continued, “so these workers need support dealing with the anxiety that current unusual circumstances can trigger. It is crucial that counsellors’ interactions with children be rooted in cool-headedness and naturalness”.

The service is offered by CEPCA director Belén Alvite. Two face-to-face sessions have already taken place, with more to follow, including an online option, in the weeks ahead.

24 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

With preventive measures in place, Casal de Joves resumes regular hours

The Formentera Department of Youth announces that the Casal de Joves, a youth drop-in centre located in Centre Social es Molí, will reopen tomorrow, welcoming back local youngsters Tuesday through Saturday from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. Building capacity and special Covid-19 hygiene protocol will observed, with masks required any time social distancing measures cannot be followed.

Casal de Joves employees will remind visitors of safety protocol in place, taking care to disperse groups and staggering entry to the centre. No more than ten individuals will be allowed in the centre at a time, including an on-site counselor or the centre’s director, and, as in the past, a visitation register will be kept. Casal staff expect to be able to periodically host in-person workshops, with an ongoing programme of online activities on the “Casal Viral”. The centre has also been equipped with an isolation space where necessary healthcare protocol can be followed in the event a visitor shows symptoms.

Youth consellera Vanessa Parellada delighted in the opportunity to welcome young people back to the Casal, which serves as not just a meeting point for a great deal of Formentera youth, but also a place to hang out and share experiences with, and to learn mutually from, Casal staff and other young people. “Confinement was particularly tough on children and adolescents alike”, said Parellada, “and it’s crucial they re-establish a certain normality in their lives and social relations as we move through lockdown de-escalation”.

The Casal goes viral
As far as a bright side to confinement is concerned, the consellera and department staff pointed to the fact that the Casal was able to stay connected with island youth across social media accounts. Said Parellada, “Now, considering the warm response received, those channels will stay active and be further developed through online workshops—one new feature which actually succeeded in getting parents into the Casal, as the chaperones of their daughters and sons.”

15 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera youth get on board for Women’s Day celebrations

foto 2020 mural dona 3Earlier today the Formentera Department of Youth unveiled the list of activities lined up this coming March at the island’s youth drop-in centre, the Casal de Joves. Department chair Vanessa Parellada called the first week “a very special one”, highlighting not just local plans to commemorate Women’s Day but also efforts by island youth to “win a better lot for women in society and educate others about the importance of real equality”.

At 6.00pm this Friday 6 March, the Casal will host a contest using a captivating digital premise to test participants’ knowledge on an array of questions like equality and gender. Then, at 7.00pm on Wednesday 18 March, attendees can also see En la brecha, a documentary about inequality in the working world.

Youth will also command the spotlight in the once-monthly environmental actions that have become standard. On Friday 27 March Formentera Marxa will add its name to Fridays for Future, and from 4.00pm, workshops in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució will offer youth and islanders at large the chance to learn about the importance of having a sustainable future.

Meeting of Youth Councils
On Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th, Youth Councils from across the Balearic Islands, including Formentera’s Youth Participatory Council (Consell de Participació de la Infància i la Joventut), will gather for their first meeting in Santa Eulària, Eivissa.

Casal de Joves turns 13
Councillor Parellada pointed out that one of the more special events would be happening from 6.30pm on Tuesday 31 March: the Casal de Joves’ 13th anniversary. The chief of the youth office applauded efforts to include Formentera youngsters in the Casal’s creation and growth, and called on people aged 10 and over, and all those who have taken part in Casal activities over the last 13 years, to join in.

Other activities
Kicking off the programme today in the Casal is a workshop on homemade decals and stickers, followed by, at 5.30pm on Saturday 7 March, a culinary clinic where participants can learn how to make Colombian empanadas. Youth can drop in every other Wednesday (11 & 25 March) for film night; do arts and crafts for Father’s Day on 13 Friday; learn tips for discussing sex and getting questions answered in the “Let’s talk about sex” workshop on Saturday 14 March, or take part in a circus activity on Saturday 21 March. All activities, except for the how-to on empanadas, start at 6.30pm in the Casal de Joves.

4 March 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera street dancers to perform in Palma as part of Balearic celebration

foto-2020-dancers-11The Formentera Department of Youth reports that the Casal de Joves’ street dance group will represent Formentera in Balearic Islands Day celebrations in Palma (Mallorca). Five Formentera youths ages 14 to 15 will be joined by Imma Vidal, their dance teacher at the Casal, for an array of street and contemporary dance performances. The group will perform at 1.15pm at Passeig de Sagrera and 5.00pm at Mercat de Palma. Other events on the island will feature performances from Formentera troupes specialised in traditional dance and the hometown batucada percussion group Bloco Calubraria.

President Alejandra Ferrer will give a speech as part of Formentera’s Balearic Islands Day celebrations on 1 March. The event, which starts at 12 noon in Plaça de la Constitució, will include performances by Es Xacoters and Es Pastorells troupes and a sampling of signature fare from the island.

Tomorrow (Friday) comes with another Balearic Islands Day event, a concert by Pilar Mena & Bro’s (representing Formentera) and Ana Martí (representing Mallorca). Not only is La Mola’s Casa del Poble hosting the 8.00pm event, they’re providing other support as well. Similar concerts will take place simultaneously all across the islands. On Saturday, runners will once again line up for the ninth Formentera All Round Trail, setting out in La Savina harbour on a 72.5K tour of the local coastline that ends up right back where it started. Find out more about the event, including how to sign up, at www.elitechip.net.

27 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

This February at Casal de Joves, local youth celebrate Valentine’s Day and Carnival

foto ii2020 Agenda CdJoves2Formentera’s youth department wishes to announce its activities programme for February at the Casal de Joves. Every Wednesday at 6.30pm, Casal members can cosy up on the settee with popcorn, friends and a rotating selection of films of particular relevance to youngsters.

Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th, a clay modelling workshop will give participants the chance to fashion their creativity. The first day will be devoted to making raw clay, while the second is reserved for decorating pieces.

The workshops keep coming on 14 February, when another guided arts and crafts session will present participants the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day by making garlands and heart-shaped piñatas.

Next day, youth at the Casal can catch a workshop on Mexican cuisine. Then Friday 21 February comes with a couples’ tournament of table football, the winners of which will walk away with two free movie tickets.

The Casal’s Carnival celebration happens Saturday 22 February. The only thing asked of partygoers is that they show up in fancy dress; the rest —music and fun— are provided. A prize will be awarded to the best dressed.

On Friday 28 February it’s el joc del diccionari. One of the world’s most entertaining board games, “the dictionary game” requires imagination, concentration and creativity. A day later, Casal youth are invited on trip to Eivissa to catch a film at the cinema.

Youth councillor Vanessa Parellada highlighted Casal staff’s tirelessness planning activities to increase the leisure options out there for Formentera youth and create community.

Workshops take place at 6.30pm at the Casal de Joves.

28 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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