A busy year for the youth centre

Adeje Youth Centre registered over 19,000 visits last year

The Adeje department of youth, under Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, has released details of last year’s events and participation by the younger Adeje generation, with over 19,000 visits to the municipal young club during the 12-month period. The department organised 569 events during year.

“Adeje’s young people use the centre as their own, as a meeting place, as somewhere they know they can access a range of services of real interest to them”, said the councillor, who added that the “increase in visits is also down to the diversification of events we are organising”. In fact, there were almost eight thousand more visits in 2018 than in 2017.

Of those who dropped into and used the centre last year, over 7,000 were young women, over 11,000 young men, with 14-16-year olds the most represented age group although there are a healthy number of over 20s who use the centre for activities as well.

Among the kind of events and activities planned and organised by the centre are training, entertainment and courses designed to improve quality of life. One of the most popular and used service has been a mobile service with young people from the department travelling to different parts of the borough offering information and activities for local youth.

Young secondary school students also find a home in the youth centre and the council’s initiative, to reward them for academic as well as social prowess has been welcomed by the borough’s school goers. This year up to 10 students will be travelling to Cork, in Ireland, to take part in a 2-week summer camp, staying with families, with flights and accommodation paid for.

Sporting and creative activities work to help our young people explore other parts of their talents as well as giving them a space to work on improving their quality of life. The ‘invention galley’ is a favourite among many users of the centre, inviting participants to share their writings, literature, poetry, and get to know the work of others. In this way they can get to appreciate the writings of Canarian authors as well as those from the rest of Spain and beyond.

‘El Puntito’ is for 12-15 year olds and includes training workshops and talks designed to help young people work and have fun together, through arts and crafts, excursions, exhibitions, etc, all with the aim of improving harmony and social awareness among the borough’s younger generation. There are also aids to help young people make better use of their free time, while encouraging integration within the community.

The youth centre’s multi-use halls are popular as are the studios for rehearsal and recording, the study areas are well used, as are the virtual zones, the dance space and the outdoor terrace, as much by individuals as by the many groups and associations who are frequent visitors to the centre.

When teen relationships turn violent!

The goal is that these young people will become a reference point within their own communities

One of the free complementary courses during Adeje Summer University is for young people aged between 14 – 30 who live in the borough, and who are interested in become community volunteers in combatting gender violence, particularly among their peers.

The course has been run in the Adeje youth centre and is the second time the council have organised this form of training, with a high satisfaction rating among the participants. Previously 13 young people took part and the training is given by members of the ‘Federacion de Asociaciones de Mujers Arena y Laurisilva’, who have been working in the area of equality and gender violence prevention for over 20 years.

The reasoning behind the course, according to the councillor for equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, is “to continue with the basic training when the school term starts, developing a series of awareness-raising workshops in the borough’s secondary schools.  We believe it is fundamental that our young people are involved in training and awareness regarding this subject matter”.

The goal is that these young people will become a reference point within their own communities and share values of equality and the benefits of relationships based on social equality, and help any woman who needs to escape from a situation where she is suffering gender violence.  Students are also learning about the laws that apply to gender violence, the myths that society may perpetuate, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Up, Get Out, Get Summer

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For the month of July young people in Adeje have a wealth of interesting ways to pass the time and get out of the house!
If you are aged 12 to 15 years of age you can take part in different sporting events under the El Puntito project, organised by the Adeje Casa de la Juventud/Youth Centre. Activities fall under a number of different categories – educational, recreational, language, workshops, excursions, courses in social networking, workshops in cooking, crafts, surfing, a camp in Buenavista del Norte, sailing school, and a visit to the marine classroom in El Puertito.
According to councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera the list of activities offers summer alternatives for the young people and a healthy and safe alternative, “with the safety and care of those taking part guaranteed”. He added, “the programme we have designed brings together various elements, not just recreational, as we understand that its also an ideal way to use the time to reinforce other tools, such as language”.
Anyone interested in taking part should contact the Adeje youth centre to find out more about the courses and costs and details of registration.
El programa a realizar es muy variado, desde el primer y hasta el último día, habrá diferentes alternativas a realizar: talleres de inglés, redes sociales, pulseras, cupcake, surf, recorrido por el casco histórico, campamento en Buenavista del Norte, excursión al Siam Park, escuela de vela en Playa San Juan, charla y visita al aula marina en El Puertito y a la playa La Pinta.

Adeje Schools Fight Obesity

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The PIPO programme, a programme for intervention in the prevention of child obesity

The Adeje council and the regional department of health in collaboration with the national office of public health, put the PIPO programme into operation in schools during the 2013-2014 school term, a programme that uses intervention in the prevention of child obesity, promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity. The programme has been running in the borough’s public primary schools.

Adeje’s mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, along with councillors for health, social welfare, and education – Rafael Dolado, Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Andrés Pérez Ramos – met the person responsible for the project, Rosa Gloria Suárez López de Vergara, a doctor specialising in paediatrics and childcare with the national office of public health, who congratulated the Adeje council for introducing this kind of project which, “works to improve the health of the younger population”.

Mayor Rodríguez Fraga commented, “in Adeje we are very concerned about the health and lifestyle habits of our citizens, in particular the younger people, and for them these kind of projects that are based in schools are very relevant. We understand that training, prevention and rapid intervention where necessary are important elements as are healthy eating habits and regular physical exercise among other practises”.

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The importance of this programme is a reflection of the gravity of the existence of overweight children and adolescents in the Canary Islands. Intervention in schools is happening through a series of theoretical and practical workshops, with sessions to give students a greater awareness of what healthy eating habits are and why they are important and why physical exercise should be an integral part of their daily lives, according to the PIPO directors. The training programme is also directed at parents whose involvement in the programme is essential to reinforce the message learnt in school at home.

The programme was operational from May 13 – June 13 in the six infants and primary public schools in the borough with the participation of 304 students. It was carried out as a curricular activity, the students learning to recognise where food comes from, how it is processed and prepared, etc. In parallel children learnt how many times a day they should be eating food from each of the food groups using the food pyramid model.

Students in the programme showed high levels of interest in learning about healthy eating and were happy to take part in the different exercise activities. Finally there were asked to become health representatives in their schools and at home and given educational material to help them teach others.

The PIPO programme was first introduced in 2012 with references to the World Health Organisation strategies in the field of infant obesity prevention, and the national programmes for the health promotion and illness prevention. Other bodies directly involved, alongside the Adeje council, the regional and national departments of health and the regional government include the University of La Laguna, the European Action for Health programme, and the Adeje department for economic development and employment through the ‘Actívate’ programme, as well as the six education centres involved