The Umberto Calosso School at Santa Venera is now being managed by the Youth Agency to be used as an alternative available space instead of the tradeschool as many know it in the past. Transformed into a colourful village which reflects the energetic spirit to be associated with the place it will offer various services, including that of an information centre for youths aged between 16 and 35.
The building is used by 120 young men and women undergoing vocational training under the programme Youth.Inc. This is a programme designed for those who exit school after the statutory period but still lack basic skills. Two of the attending students said the programme had opened new life alternatives for them.
Xantè Schembri, who monitors Youth.Inc said it is not only youths that attend that will benefit from the project.
Schembri said the space is available for youths, voluntary organisations and NGOs that engage with youths. Previously the Agency could only provide an equipment hiring service but now it is able to offer space said Xantè Schembri.
About 200 youth organisations are registered with the Youth Agency. This project has had an investment of €1.5 million and is due to be inaugurated on Saturday. Further developments are envisaged including a youth hostel for the organisation of live ins organised by youths.