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Youth centre tailors in-person and virtual activities to Enhanced Tier 4 of Public Health Alert

As Formentera enters Enhanced Tier 4 of public health alert, the Formentera Youth Department reports that activities at the Casal de Joves have been adapted to facilitate compliance with new rules. Staff at the currently open and operational youth drop-in spot came up with targeted protocol in June when the Casal reopened, and since that time visitors have upheld measures in line with the mandates of public health authorities.

With the activation of Tier 4 protocol, the building’s indoor and outdoor capacity was limited to six. That figure remains unchanged as Formentera toggles to the reinforced form of Tier 4, with preference given to outdoor activities and virtual programming. Online activities began under the name «Casal Viral» as stay-at-home orders were first enacted last year.

“Keeping the Casal open is more important than ever”, said FYD chair Vanessa Parellada. She pointed up the current ban on gatherings between individuals from different households and said the Casal was hardly different from schools in that it is a “safe, controlled environment where youth can participate in leisure activities while respecting safety measures”.

Activities
Every Wednesday, sometimes in person at the Casal and sometimes online with Casal Viral, youth can catch a film or documentary on wide-ranging topics like feminism or humour in the age of Covid. Next weekend there will be face-to-face workshops on painting and pottery. Masks, social distancing, hand-washing and common sense are all required.

What better occasion than Valentine’s Day to reflect on the importance of teenage love, friendships and affective-sexual relationships (not to mention, adds Parellada, to deconstruct the myth of romantic love)? The Casal’s Valentine’s Day programming takes place 13 February.

Other online activities this February include a contest where participants are encouraged to submit their finest sports-related snapshots, together with an afternoon of monologues. The Casal de Joves opens from 4.00pm to 9.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The closing time was brought forward at the start of Tier 4 orders to facilitate compliance with the curfew from 10.00pm to 6.00pm.

1 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Casal de Joves unveils January programme

cartell 2020 casal de joves generThe Formentera Youth Department shared the activities programme today for the local youth drop-in centre. Vanessa Parellada seized the occasion to wish island youth a happy 2021 — which Casal de Joves staff and youngsters will be kicking off “enthusiastically with a flurry of activities, despite the situation”.

Details from the Casal:

For “Arts and crafts with recycled items” on Saturday the 9th, we’ll use our hands to make, learn and change the world.

Two tournaments —table tennis and foosball— are scheduled for 16 and 22 December, respectively. The events are open to islanders between 10 and 26 years old, regardless of skill or interest level.

On Friday the 15th we’ll cover our eyes and play, reactivating both senses and empathy, for a “blind gymkhana”.

Face facts: construction is under way on the new skatepark, and island youth skate. On Saturday the 23rd we’ll host a workshop on skating for beginners and pros.

Reservations are required for all activities and can be made at the Casal or via email at casal@conselldeformentera.cat.

Other programming —Wednesday night movies, for example— remains unchanged. Dance will resume in February.

Activities have been tailored to ensure compliance for Covid-19 safety protocol.


28 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Casal de Joves unveils December programme

cartell 2020xii Casal de JovesEarlier today the Formentera Youth Department announced details about the activities lined up next month at the island’s youth drop-in centre. Councillor Vanessa Parellada told local youngsters to expect a renewed focus on awareness building this December, and encouraged youth to set time aside for Casal de Joves Christmas celebrations as well.

Programming will run the gamut, with activities on Tuesday 2 December commemorating International Functional Diversity Day (3 December); a Thursday workshop where participants can craft their own reflex-stimulators and a Friday mic-less karaoke session.

Christmas holidays
Day-one of Christmas holiday preparations on 11 December comes with an open invitation to help decorate the Casal for the yuletide season. As part of a Secret Santa on 16 December, participants are encouraged to give gifts made from recycled materials.

On 19 December the fun is at Es Cap football pitch, where youth are invited to join a mixed match. Participants are asked to reserve in advance.

Wednesdays at the Casal are film days and this month is no exception. On 23 December the 13+ street dancers that meet 4.30pm to 5.30pm every week from Tuesday to Saturday will screen a demo video recorded by the group. The December programme concludes on the 29th with a FIFA 2020 competition.

Covid-19 safety measures will be in place at all events.

27 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

In online plenary, Formentera Youth Participatory Council hears concerns of young islanders

foto 2020 ple infancia 3This morning Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and youth services councillor Vanessa Parellada chaired an online plenary session of the island’s Consell de Participació de la Infància i la Joventut (Youth Participatory Council) with attendees from CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu, CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques and CEIP El Pilar de la Mola.

President Ferrer described the previous year as one marked by the coronavirus crisis, applauding children and youth for exemplary action during the toughest moments of lockdown, and telling them to expect an unusual Christmas 2020. “We adults are going to keep looking to you as examples, like when schools reopened”, she said. “Here’s to sharing hugs again in 2021”, she added.

Ferrer also gave an overview of the 2021 budget, underscoring assistance for families and businesses and funding for construction projects like the new Sant Ferran school and escoleta, a seniors’ home, a park in Sant Ferran and a skate and fitness park in Sant Francesc — something she assured was “high on Formentera young people’s wishlist”.

Attendees watched a video from the sixth Congreso Estatal on 23 and 24 October, an event which saw collaboration from two Formentera schoolchildren. Next, participants ran through a list of concerns with regard to the environment, equality, solidarity, education and participation. The officials took note and committed to addressing the issues.

24 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Four Formentera children take part in 9th Balearic Youth Parliament

foto 2020 ple infanciaOn this, World Children’s Day (20 November), four members of the Formentera Youth Participatory Council joined young people from across the region for the ninth assembly of the Balearic Islands’ Youth Parliament. The session was held online and found participants sharing conclusions from work on the Sustainable Development Goals for health and the environment. Formentera’s representatives at the gathering included one child from CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu, two from CEIP Sant Ferran and one from CEIP El Pilar.

Youth department councillor Vanessa Parellada sat for the session too, and highlighted participants’ unity behind measures to press government to keep working towards sustainability; build awareness around reducing consumption and waste, and invest in clean energy. Attendees agreed on the importance of potable water and using it responsibly, and called for a firm commitment to sustainable mobility, electric vehicles and cycling. Children in participatory councils across the region considered what life will be like ten years from now, imagining possible scenarios and weighing proposals for a sustainable route to 2030.

Youth plenary on Formentera, 24 November
On Tuesday 24 November, the Consell de Formentera will host another online assembly, this time of the island’s Participatory Youth Council. The PYC’s twice yearly full-house sessions aim to promote the active involvement of Formentera’s children and youth —fully capable of thought and expression— in local policy.

20 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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