Immigration is a pretty big deal. It is difficult for adults, but apparently easier for younger people because they adapt more quickly. But then there is the so-called integration process for everyone, where you learn the language, make meaningful friendships and have the space you live in.
Now the question arises, especially for unaccompanied minors, where to go. Most of them are boys running from one course to another, trying to learn and grow as quickly as possible in order to gain independence and perhaps find a job. But the most important question is still how and where to create belonging.
Cospe, in collaboration with the Scandicci Town Council, has obtained the free use of the Ginger Zone building, which was completely renovated last year. The aim with the space is to focus on young people, including unaccompanied minors, on their dreams, hopes and creativity and to host training courses, start-ups and innovative activities. The concept of the Ginger Zone is to be a space for everyone, where young people can feel at home, where they would like to spend time and grow.
Most of them have been introduced to the space and, thanks to the BRIDGES project, have participated in street art laboratories called "Disegno libera tutti" (Painting liberates all). Four street artists have embellished the outer walls of the Ginger and dedicated a special part of the building to these minors to paint with the help of the artists.
Some of them marked their name, their country of nationality, others painted objects, flowers and pictures that were important to them. In any case, all participants were very enthusiastic to be part of the activity and to leave something of themselves on the walls of the Ginger Zone. They could paint, take pictures and make new friends.