Name of organization/institution:
Open Youth Work Rankweil – Jugendtreff Planet

Type of structure:
Youth center/ club; Institution

Austria, Vorarlberg, Rankweil

Short description:
The Open Youth Work Rankweil has different offers for young people between 11 and 26 years. The main offer or you can say the core is the so-called “Offener Betrieb/Open Service”. Two times a week it is open for everyone from the age of 11. During this offer, the youngsters can use the youth center to play table-football, billiard, PlayStation, use free W-LAN, buy cheap drinks and food and many more things. From time to time, there is also a second offer during the Open Service. These could be handicraft work, a little table-tennis tournament or a workshop about a specific topic.
The youth workers try to get in contact with the youngsters to establish a relationship between them. If we have a good relationship with the permanent visitors it is possible to work in project forms with different content. This could be projects in the field of youth culture, issues of the puberty, sports activities and much more.
The main thing is to give the young people space and time for their topics and it is enormously important to work with the youngsters on a level playing field. Also important is that the visitors don’t have to sign in when they come for using an offer. In our perspective are these two reasons very important for the acceptance of the offerings by the youngsters

Target group:

Age of participants:
Youngsters between 11 and 24 years.

Methods used:
Group work: We try to work with a group of youngsters. Twice a month the visitors of the youth center have the possibility to take part in the program planning etc.

Single work: In some topics, we work 1 on 1 (z. B. in job topics; personal problems).

Community work: Sometimes – most of them in projects – we work in the community with different clubs & institutions (z. B. vandalism themes).

Youth Participation: In every activity which is offered by the open youth work we try to involve the youngsters from the planning starts to the activity itself and the evaluation – We try!

Relationship Work: We try to have an open ear for every visitor. We try to get in contact to get to know each other and further on we get a relationship at eye level.

Practical arrangements used:
We have many different things in our youth center. There is a huge number of creative materials around, also a little repair shop, a computer infrastructure, a stitching factory and many more things.

Issues address:
Most of the topics are proposed by the youngsters; job market; special offers for girls and boys; youth culture; music rooms for bands; first love – first sex etc.

Impacts on youngsters:
Drop-in center for youngsters; Youth information point for every question; Confidence;

Impacts on the organization:
The open youth work has a good standing in the community: If you have questions about youth or problems, you can go to open youthwork! They have always an open ear!

Partners: Open Youth work in the surrounding areas (Meiningen, Feldkirch etc.); KOJE; local clubs like One Step Ahead (A dancing club for children & youngsters) etc.
Supporters: Municipality of Rankweil, federal state government

Web link with the activity:

Contact information:
Offene Jugendarbeit Rankweil, Am Marktplatz 1, 6830 Rankweil
Tel.: +43 699 10 44 81 77