A Tutor of resilience training was organized late October in Syracuse, Italy for professionals in charge of supporting young migrants, marked by uprooting and exile.
Fear of being locked up or rejected, loneliness, poverty, insecurity, racism… are so many obstacles to the rebuilding of young migrants. And to their integration. «When they arrive at the center, they have for the most part totally lost confidence in themselves and others. They are afraid, says an educator of the intercultural center of aid and orientation * (CIAO) managed by the congregation of the Marist brothers in Syracuse, Sicily. It is primordial to provide them a secure and comforting space, and finally an appropriate support. »
18 trained professionals, 1,625 young indirect beneficiaries
For three days, 18 educators, Italian teachers and lawyers, all taking action at the CIAO for young migrants, participated in a Tutor of resilience training, organized by the BICE, in collaboration with the Catholic University of the Sacred-Heart of Milan (UCSC) and adapted to the audience specificities. The objective? To enhance the support provided and support these young people in their resilience process. A part of the training is, hence, focused on the migratory process and the identity building in a foreign country. Particular attention was also paid to adolescence and development delay likely to be caused by traumatic travel experiences.
Workshops to encourage dialog
What does resilience means? How do we identify personal and community help available to young people? Which role must play a tutor of resilience? These different issues were broached during the training, especially by means of creative workshops. Workshops during which participants also discovered activities to be implemented with young people in order to encourage dialog, self-confidence, mutual aid. And so, the resilience process. «From now on, we have practical and concrete tools in our possession. It’s important. Moreover, we are aware of the importance of collaborating with different actors of the CIAO. Teamwork and sharing information will allow us to better support young people », concludes a participant.
*The CIAO helps young migrants of 1st and 2nd generations on psychosocial, administrative and legal fields. It also offers Italian classes and educational support, as well as cultural activities (painting, drawing, crafts, computer science…).
An educator relates the resilience process of a young migrant
« He was 13 or 14 when he arrived in Italy as a not supported migrant child. He came from Egypt and his family forced him to run away and get on a boat at night. Without preparing him for the journey, without anything. The child was Coptic. He was running away from his country for religious reasons. But, in the ship, he was the only Copte. He spent the entire journey fearing someone to discover his religion. It affected and weakened him greatly. Once in Italy, in the welcome center, it seemed to me that the child spoke good English. I wanted him to be an intermediary. But he couldn’t. He was too frail. Then I understood that he needed time to regain strength and self-confidence. I knew he was smart and that studies could be an effective tool in his resilience and integration process. But it was too early. I tried to support him patiently in his process. After a while, an Italian family received him into their home. A fact that marked his life in a positive way. I no longer have daily contact with this boy, but I know he started university and even wrote un book about his migratory experience. »