Open multinational and multicultural work assignments, cultural events as well as fixed group offers, leisure activities and projects bring together children, youth and young adults from different backgrounds. They also counteract possible xenophobia, intolerance and right-wing extremism. Critical thinking, conflict resolution and willingness to voice conflicts, solidarity and possibilities for democratic participation are thus placed at the centre of the open youth work.
Open children and youth work basically includes preventive approaches related to all areas of life of the participants. These include the prevention of conflicts and violence, the usage of film, television and the internet, information on legal and illegal drugs, on nutrition and physical fitness and mental well-being. Prevention is clearly demonstrated and concretized in the daily life in the institutions and in special projects.
Life counselling in open children and youth work is fixed-term low-threshold non- bureaucratic help and support with the purpose of helping to self-help. It follows a resource-based approach, which centres on the respective strengths of the youth. The teaching staff help to clarify, stimulate and support. This includes guidance on expert help available from cooperation partners. The need for support reaches from every day to serious problems that may have an impact on the welfare of the children and young adults.
Gender-aware work takes into account the different life situations of girls and boys and is focused on the reduction of discrimination and promotion of equality. Single gender open spaces and shelters are provided within the scope of the IB’s girls- and youth work. Female and male identities can be strengthened here and increase self-confidence. Teachers and educators lay great importance on representing emancipated role models.