From 5 – 7 July Mind your Wallet’s third edition came to a spectacular end with the final exchange weekend in The Hague. 75 youth and their coaches from all over the Netherlands gathered for a weekend full of fun and debating. All activities focused on learning more about financial problems among youth and paying attention to their issues.

June 09, 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

The new Mind your Wallet season has begun! IDEA NL has stimulated hundreds of young people to discuss financial debt and solutions to financial problems, thus moving these difficult topics into the open and helping them understand their own situations better. This was made possible by training dozens of youth workers and teachers in The Netherlands and Belgium.

March 06, 2015

How can you save money when you have no money to spend? How can you pay your education? Who should you talk to about financial problems, or when looking for a job? And what can be done against bullying of kids for their poverty? These were the questions young people and their parents debated in public on Friday February 27 during the Money Week in The Hague.The Leergeld Den Haag foundation and IDEA provided debate training and a public debate for youth between 7 and 14 and their parents on the topic of money and the lack thereof.

March 06, 2015

Delta LLoyd will start supporting IDEA NL's new Mind you Wallet project in Amsterdam. That makes Delta Lloyd the third company, after the SNS Bank and JP Morgan to support efforts to remedy financial problems among young people through debate. The companies value IDEA NL's approach because they recognise the value of debate to promote young people's verbal assertiveness. Participants in Mind your Wallet learn not only how to handle their money in a better way, but also to say no against temptations, against themselves and their peers.

January 23, 2015

How should we tackle financial debts of young people? How can we prevent them from getting into debt in the first place? And why is it so difficult to talk about this topic? Those, and other issues are discussed in the Mind your Wallet toolkit, consisting of a video, course manual and magazine about debt issues. The project stimulates young people to debate the sensitive topic of financial problems with each other and policy makers.

November 26, 2014

IDEA NL trainer and programme officer Joost Leys has been touring his native Belgium in the past few months giving an increasing number of debate trainings to different target groups. IDEA NL has had a presence in Belgium for a few years, but mostly in Antwerp and Brussels, where they cooperated with neighbourhood centres and youth workers in Debate in the Neighbourhood projects with Kras Kiel and D’Broeij, for example Changing the Neighbourhood.

November 26, 2014

The final event for the Mind your Wallet project took place in Rotterdam in May 2014. In this project, young people in the Netherlands and Belgium learned to use debate to talk about difficult issues surrounding financial problems and responsibilities. The final weekend saw young people from all over the Netherlands gathered to debate about financial issues.

October 01, 2014

How should we tackle financial debts of young people? How can we prevent them from getting into debt in the first place? And why is it so difficult to talk about this topic? The latter actually appeared no problem at all for the 57 young people participating in the Mind your Wallet weekend from May 30 to June 1. They debated all weekend about financial issues and debt problems.

June 11, 2014

Should young people be allowed to make debts? What duties should successful entrepreneurs have towards others? Fifty first year students from the Ondernemersacademie (Entrepreneur Academy) and Uniformed Professions of the Koning Willem 1 College Den Bosch debated about these and other financial and economic issues on April 25.  The students had previously participated in debate trainings of Mind your Wallet, an IDEA project on financial responsibility for young people. At the public debate, they showed off their newfound kills to each other and their teachers.

May 06, 2014