The Local Context
Jugendhilfe und Schule e. V. is a small, non-governmental, self-reliant youth welfare agency striving for new approaches to extra-curricular education, social work with young people, and intercultural exchange on the local, national and international level. The association is a member of the "German Non-Denominational Welfare Association", one of the five, large umbrella-organisations of social work and non-commercial services in Germany.
The Nippes Museum Centre ("Jugendladen Nippes & Nippes Museum") is situated in the suburb of Cologne - Nippes, a mixed area of housing, commerce and production near the centre of the town, where the percentage of immigrants is above average.
25 employees, 20 of whom are freelance workers, give lessons for about 400 visitors of all ages, nationalities and social backgrounds, do casework supplemented by individual lessons covering all subjects of missing curricular knowledge, group work, counselling on school and vocational carriers, and organise community work projects like
The centre, although freely accessible to everybody, especially attracts young, female immigrants who represent the majority of all participants. Exhibitions on the current community projects help to correct negative images of migrant and unemployed workers, youth and young women. Furthermore, the concept of a "museum of living situations" linked to a system of integrated services and provisions for disadvantaged citizens provides a new environment for continuing education of professionals.