Every year the Anne Frank House brings together a Youth Team, made up of young people aged 16 to 20.
The young people are given a training programme in which they learn about the history of Anne Frank, the Second World War and the Holocaust, and how prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination and antisemitism work. They work on these themes in workshops and develop their own projects for their classmates or other peers in their communities. Together they reflect on events in the past and engage in discussions on exclusion, stigmatisation and discrimination today. The young people show enormous involvement, commitment and creativity.
‘I want to take a personal stand against prejudice and discrimination because I was bullied for many years and I’m all too familiar with prejudice. I hope that with this project I can make a difference for other young people who are in the same situation. I came out of it stronger than ever, and I want to pass that on to other young people and show them that they don’t have to be afraid to be themselves.’
Youth Team Alumni
As well as the 14 young people who took part in the Youth Team, 16 alumni (participants from previous years) were active for the Anne Frank House. Some acted as mentors for the current Youth Team, others organised museum visits and educational programmes for classmates, colleagues or asylum seekers/residence permit holders. Alumni also helped with the organisation of training programmes for police officers and seminars for teachers.
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