Is there such thing as too much of a good thing? That was the starting point for a debate at Camden Woodcraft folk, the first debate in collaboration between IDEA and CoachBright.The following is an edited blog post from CoachBright:We met with an enthusiastic group of sixteen younger people, 12-16, with big opinions, big voices, and plenty of ideas. Over two sessions we used our IDEA training to teach this group to constructively debate, and they really enjoyed it.

May 22, 2015

Tuesday evening, April 21, Schilderswijk The Hague. Like every Tuesday, a group of youngsters from Marokkaans Jongerengeluid (Moroccan Youth Voices) get together at the Hoefkade in the Schilderswijk. They are working towards rebuilding their neighbourhood that recently suffered from riots and inter-ethnic tensions. "We were able to grow up in freedom and have everything we wanted. We see this changing for our bothers and sisters. It is more difficult. There is less freedom. This is what we want to make better.

April 29, 2015

The Day of the voice, April 16, saw (former) homeless youth from Leeuwarden participate in an IDebate4YouthCare debate. The debate offered them an opportunity to discuss new ideas for youth care for homeless young people directly with the political decision makers. In preparation for the debate, the proud group of young people took debate and magazine production training, provided by Zienn, VandeStraat, IDEA NL and ono-ono communicatie.

IDebate4Care magazine & movie

April 22, 2015

Seven enthusiastic youth workers from Duiven in the Netherlands participated in a two-day training of trainers on 9 and 10 April. They learned how to encourage youth to discuss difficult topics through debate. IDEA NL trainer Yvonne Heselmans taught them the Mind your Wallet methodology to get young people to debate about financial problems.

The participants started out by mapping the issues and developing motions on the topic:

April 22, 2015

On Saturday March 21, a total of 31 young people and 15 police officers from Antwerp and The Hague sat down and exchanged ideas. They had all participated in an intensive seven-month project building trust and cooperation between young people and police in disadvantaged neighbourhoods through debate, dialogue and improvisation theatre. Joost Leys and Yvonne Heselmans of IDEA NL guided these processes in both cities.

April 20, 2015

IDEA UK held the latest in its series of Debate in the Neighbourhood training the trainers sessions last Tuesday. IDEA UK’s trainer, Saleeta Coates, was in Waltham Forest Town Hall to engage Waltham Forest’s Youth Independent Advisory Group (YIAG), part of the Young Advisors.The Young Advisors are young people who take part in peer mentoring in schools, in the Youth Offending Team and with homeless young people.

April 13, 2015

Seven teenage mothers and two young girls living in an assisted living project debated with care professionals, municipal council members and the welfare and care alderman Nelleke Vedelaar of Zwolle municipality on Friday the 20th of March. They did so for the IDEA NL iDebate4Care Debate in the Neighbourhood project.

March 30, 2015

People with disabilities argue for an inclusive society.

Twelve people from LFB participated in a debate training provided by IDEA NL Director Yvonne Heselmans and Anite Jillie of Jillie&Co in De Rode Hoed on the 17th of March. LFB is a Dutch interest group formed of people with a mental disability, that aims to make people better able to function in society. Among other things, by offering them IDEA NL debate training.

March 25, 2015

International IDEA Debate in the Neighbourhood Learning Circle.

How can society reach out to young people with fewer chances? How can we motivate them to participate in debate activities and make them come back? How can we give them ownership when solving the problems they encounter?

March 23, 2015

On a cold Thursday morning in February, young people from the Antwerp "problem district" Kiel meet with police for a Debate in the Neighbourhood project Wij(k) in verandering.

March 09, 2015