Why Youth Centers UP?
Youth Centers UP was a project funded by the European Solidarity Corps that aimed to create new safe spaces for expression and learning, dedicated to the young people. In the same time, in the context of Timisoara becoming the European Capital of Culture, there was also a need for spaces where young people could express and develop freely. Neighborhood youth centers are now spaces for all young people, regardless of identity, preferences, sex, religion or other characteristics. Thus, the project aimed to lay the foundations in order to become communication spaces between young people and the community, where they come together and develop (themselves).
Over a period of 40 days, young citizens from 26 different countries had been engaged in solidarity activities as volunteers, alongside the Community of Timisoara, to set up and transform old industrial buildings into urban youth centers.