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Island youth distribute posters to stop underage drinking

foto 2021 no t ofeguis CFifteen pupils of IES Marc Ferrer put up posters today as part of the Formentera Department of Social Welfare’s ‘Don’t drown in alcohol’ push to curb the sale of alcohol to youth and take aim at underage drinking.

The youth split into groups and stopped in at bars, restaurants and shops where alcohol is sold in Sant Francesc, handing out graphic materials to raise awareness about the initiative, including a poster for businesses affirming their stance against selling alcohol to minors. Shop-owners on the island have joined the push through the small- and medium-sized business association of the Formentera Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Hotels.

On 29 June, a day of training is being put together for stakeholders in underage drinking prevention. The activity will run 9.30am to 11.30am and 12 noon to 2.00pm in the assembly room of the Formentera Centre de Dia.

The training sessions are geared towards leisure time activity leaders and sports monitors. Book your spot by calling 971.321.271 or by emailing benestarsocial@conselldeformentera.cat before Monday 28 June at 2.00pm.

21 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

This July, dance invades Casal de Joves

cartell 2021 mini fest CThe Formentera Department of Youth is pleased to report that a “Mini Urban Dance Fest” will take place 3 July in the Casal de Joves patio. Crowds will be split into groups and complete health protocol will be in place. Girls in the Casal’s street dance course will offer their families a demonstration of everything they have learned this year.

Then, between 5 and 8 July, a deep-dive in urban and contemporary dance and dancehall workshop will be held at the Antoni Blanc Sports Centre. The workshop is designed for kids 10 and over. Places are limited and must be booked in advance at casal@conselldeformentera.cat.

18 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Youth gather for second annual plenary sesion

foto 2021 ple infanciaParticipants in the island’s participatory youth council logged on this morning for a full-house assembly that was chaired by Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer and co-chaired by Formentera Department of Youth head Vanessa Parellada. Additional attendees included pupils from schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola and Marc Ferrer high school.

As President Ferrer welcomed plenary participants she drew attention to the key part they play representing voices of island youth. “We’re taking note”, she insisted. “The skate park young islanders pressed for is about to open in Sant Francesc, as is the children’s play area in Sant Ferran.” And the island’s schoolchildren earned praise for what Ferrer described as “the tremendous sense of responsibility you’ve displayed”.

Grabbing the spotlight among the issues plenary attendees brought before cabinet members in attendance were sustainable mobility, housing, subsidies for electric vehicles, kids’ play areas and the new skate park, among others.

15 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Casal de Joves announces June calendar

foto 2021 juny casalThe Formentera Department of Youth is pleased to announce the calendar of events this June at the Casal de Joves, a bill whose standout features include two special activities for fiction and comic fans. The first comes Friday the 4th, as youth at the drop-in centre are invited to face off in the manga-inspired collectible card game YU-GI-OH. And on Friday the 11th the focus on Japan continues with a fancy dress session in the tradition of “cosplay”, a subculture whose members dress up as manga, anime and video game characters.

On Saturday the 12th island youth can join an outing to Eivissa to go karting! (Space is limited; signups at the Casal de Joves.) On Wednesday the 16th and Friday the 18th, we’ll host DIY workshops to build planters — part of the new decorations at the Casal.

Participants in a Friday the 25th workshop on artistic creation will learn how to do paper marbling, and on Saturday the 26th it’s an afternoon of skateboarding.

Cinema sessions on Wednesday the 23rd and 30th will centre on experiences of refugees. An additional screening will take place on the 2nd, and on Wednesday the 9th youth can catch a film about the environment on World Environment Day (5 June). Vanessa Parellada highlighted the programme’s diversity and “the Casal’s historic emphasis on current affairs that can shape awareness about sustainability and inequalities, among others”.

Social media
Something to say? Share posts on the Casal de Joves’ social media accounts. The theme on Saturday the 5th is the menstrual cycle. On Saturday the 19th the first beach photographs will be shared!

And lastly, dance class participants will meet at the usual time: Tuesday to Friday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

2 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Lives inspiring lives’: Formentera hosts first-ever ‘Vívete’ for youth

cartell 2021 viveteThe Formentera Department of Youth reports that “Vívete—Lives inspiring lives” will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 26 May, for the first time on the island. Tailor-made for pupils at IES Marc Ferrer, the virtual conference will feature the inspiring stories of local Olympic athlete Mateo Sanz and Nadia Ghulam.

In her welcome address to participants, President Alejandra Ferrer will share her satisfaction presiding over the island’s first-ever hosting of Vívete, which she described as “a chance to give younger islanders role models in personal and emotional development”. “We hope pupils benefit from speakers’ experiences in self-improvement”, she affirmed.

Organiser Carlos Ramón blames our modern lifestyles for “widespread disorientation, especially among young people” and insists society’s role models are but “products to be bought and sold”. Ramón describes the Vívete mission as “turning the spotlight on different role models and lifestyles that have the power to inspire”.

Vívete started in 2017 as a vehicle for human values, empowerment and resources to start young people on a conscious path to personal development. Leading experts in the field, among them Juan Pablo Escobar, Irene Villa, Toni Nadal, Elsa Punset and Miriam Fernández, have shared their own personal experiences in past Vívete editions.

25 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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