Youth spaces, learning centres, advocacy and collaboration

Youth Centre

A safe space for community and relationship building 

The Youth Centre offers a safe space for teenagers between the ages of 14 and 22. It seeks to create an environment and atmosphere that allows the teenagers to develop trusting relationships and confidence in their own abilities and skills.

The teenagers improve their conflict management, non-violent communication and group-based decision-making through social integration and skills-based activities. These include both daily (e.g. theme-based assemblies to discuss social topics, group cooking and games) and longer-term projects (e.g. woodcraft, drama, running club, arts, orienteering).

Participants in the Youth Centre contribute to a diverse community that extends beyond the building walls as they build new support networks for daily life.


Situation overview

Chios Island | Χιος, Ελλαδα

After the 2016 EU-Turkey Statement, Chios turned from a transient landing spot into a de facto detention centre. It has since consistently held around 2,000 refugees, although since August 2019 this number has tripled to almost 6,000.

On May 23rd 2016 the project’s first school opened its doors to around 25 children. Acting upon the great need, we soon extended our services and since November 2016 we have run schools and a youth centre, reaching up to 250 children and youth per week and over 2,800 participants since opening.

This project, formerly run by Be Aware and Share, comprises a Youth Centre and Learning Centre, offering safe spaces outside Vial Camp.

Learning Centre

Non-formal education for teenagers and youth

The Learning Centre, run in partnership with METAdrasi, helps students develop tools for learning and social and communication skills. We achieve this through a trauma-sensitive curriculum which also stimulates imagination and lets students explore their own interests, both old and new. We foster multi-cultural and diverse classroom communities and actively work towards social integration.

We provide a minimum of 3 days of school for each student aged between 15 and 18 years old. The curriculum consists of English, Greek, and a project lesson that includes creative, academic and vocational options. Over the past 2 years we have gained a deep understanding of the range of specific needs, interests and characters of our students: we embed this knowledge into every aspect of our programme and provide tailored approaches to every individual.


Mastic Campus

A new education centre for youth aged 18 - 23

The Mastic Campus project started in early 2020. The project provides non-formal education to refugee youth aged 18 - 23, 6 days a week. 

Inside this huge, renovated space, students can attend language classes, head to the barbershop or tailor shop, use the shower facilities,  visit the Computer Lab, relax in the indoor and outdoor cafe spaces, play table tennis or table football, exercise, learn an instrument, and chill outside in the extensive garden. 

Run by a mixed team of international and community volunteers, trained in teaching and youth work, this project reaches 300 young people every week. 


The Hub

Our new integrated Computer Lab and co-working space

Whether it's for contacting loved ones, looking up important information, finding a job, learning a new skill, or simply entertainment, the internet is the essential tool for life in the 21st century. Yet for refugees and asylum seekers living in Chios, access to the internet is limited and unreliable. As part of our Hub, a new Computer Lab provides free access to the internet along with IT workshops for beginners in digital literacy and for more advanced users in web design, coding, audiovisual design.

Pooling resources and coordinating efforts among NGOs is essential in a context where demand for basic services is high while the capacity to deliver them is limited. On Chios, with the camp being located 8 km outside Chios town, NGOs are scattered geographically. This makes collaboration between NGOs challenging. By providing an open co-working space the Hub provides a space where NGOs can meet and strengthen cooperation.