Off Road Kids Foundation
There should be no street kids and young homeless in Germany!
Off Road Kids Foundation helps immediately.
Countrywide Street Social Work.
Berlin . Cologne . Dortmund . Hamburg
Street Kids in Germany
In Germany there are up to 2.500 runaways every year. More than 300 children and youths, from 12 years of age and up, finally are living on the street. The total amount of young homeless older than 18 years is much higher. All of them flee from negligence, ill-treatment and abuse, and live by the way of begging, prostitution and petty theft. Some are couch-surfers living at their (internet-)freind’s homes. Street kids dream of a safe and secure place and don’t want to live on the street forever. Quite often they are inconspicuous, young people - without apparent signs of distress. They come from all classes and walks of society and are not only found among bright-haired punks. They would like to go to school or to start a professional training. Sensitivity is often a distinguishing trait. Many of them are from rural backgrounds and hope to find happiness and luck by disappearing into the anonymous life of a big city.
Countrywide Street Social Work
The aim of Countrywide Street Social Work is to see that the “runaways” never become street kids at all. The Off Road Kids’ Street Social Work attaches great importance to inquiring about the individual's best possible and sustainable future prospects as quickly as possible. The distance to the home towns of these young people is not of primary importance because Off Road Kids operates all over Germany. Therefore young people can be accompanied, for example to their families, to the authorized youth welfare office or to a therapy center, at long distances if needed. This is the fundamental difference between Off Road Kids and all other available local help organizations. Off Road Kids runs street social work-branches in Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund (the Ruhr area) and Hamburg, due to the fact that most young people, who have been trying to survive on the street for a while, often turn up in one of the larger cosmopolitan centers after a short time.
Online-Support for young people in need
Using an online contact form young people in need easily can contact the Off Road Kids street social workers in Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund or Hamburg to chat and find solutions for the private problems. This support especially has been arranged to establish contact to so-called “couch surfers” living in a way homeless at their (internet-)friend’s houses and not appearing in the street-scenes
A free-of-charge Off Road Kids emergency number is available to all young people in care, around the clock. The young people can maintain contact with the Off Road Kids’ street social workers even when they don't live on the street anymore. This way the Off Road Kids’ street social workers in Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund and Hamburg can intervene immediately.
Off Road Kids also advises parents whose children are threatening to run away (or have already done so), who are in contact with the street scene, or who have turned to prostitution. For this reason, Off Road Kids has set up a parent hotline. Well-experienced, qualified pedagogues are available to support parents.
Systemic Counseling and Therapy
Parents and Families having strong internal and private problems are welcome to the Systemic Counseling and Therapy “Family-Neustart” at Off Road Kids’. The Systemic Counseling also is open for kids and young people in outstanding difficult situations.
Countrywide Street Social Work: the Results
Our job is to investigate the best possible future prospects for every single street kid. The successful number of cases is encouragingly high: On our homepage you’ll find the total amount permanently updated.
Residential Youth Group
Young people who cannot find help in their families or in their home town youth welfare, can be given accommodation and assistance by the Residential Youth Group in Bad Duerrheim (in the Black Forest / Germany) which offers intense care and support. In the Residential Youth Group in Bad Duerrheim, they can start studying for their final school examinations or a professional training program of their choice.
Institute for Pedagogic Management IfPM
The key to integrating young, underprivileged people into the workforce and thereby into the society, are qualified educational professionals mentoring them. The educational level of pedagogues in Germany is often criticized and hence Off Road Kids wants to clearly improve this qualification to western standards by implementing its Institute for Pedagogic Management (IfPM). Off Road Kids understands pedagogy as a subject of management - therefore the knowledge of educational science and professional communications needs to be combined with management skills. The Institute for Pedagogic Management (IfPM) is tailored to meet these requirements. For the first time in Germany there is a part-time undergraduate program for pedagogues without A-level, but a sometime of work experience. The students will graduate with a “Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)” after the 3-years-program. The IfPM is a co-operation between the private Steinbeis-University, Berlin and the Off Road Kids Foundation.
Your Donation Helps
Off Road Kids finances most of its Countrywide Street Social Work from donations. The chief supporters are: the Vodafone Foundation Germany, Deutsche Bahn, Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, Permira, the countrywide activity “Germany rounds up!” and the Red Nose Day (ProSiebenSat1 TV-Channels).
Off Road Kids Stiftung
Bank: Volksbank Villingen e.G.
IBAN: DE51 6949 0000 0000 1010 10
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