XENA is a non-profit, cultural association for social promotion which was set up in the autumn of 1994. Its name derives from ancient Greek meaning “foreign things”. Its main objective is to increase and improve the level of contact and interaction amongst different cultures.
It’s interested in issues related to intercultural learning, the prevention and fight against racism and exclusion, communication among youngsters, care of the environment, social and cultural services and the preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage.
Field of work (which are the main domains your organizations works on): Xena works in the field of intercultural education, non-formal education, vocational training, promotion of active citizenship, promoting projects both at local and international level. The main aims of our work are: – To offer young people the possibility to join mobility programs in educational, professional and cultural spheres and to promote awareness of different cultures and systems; – To promote opportunities for meetings between different cultures and to encourage greater knowledge of foreign languages also in the local sphere; – To promote intercultural learning dynamics, and to prevent and combat racism and prejudices; – To encourage the active and responsible participation of youth in society. How do you work with youth? (methodology used and examples of activities) Xena promotes projects mainly within the frame of European Programmes – such as “Erasmus+” (i.e. “Youth for Europe”, “European Voluntary Service”, “Group Initiative”, “Support Measures”, “Leonardo da Vinci” and “Grundtvig”). Beside this it works for the promotion of European Programmes in the local community (organization, high school, local authorities) . Structure of organization: Xena’s workforce is formed by experts and trainers of European programmes: Lifelong Learning (i.e. Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig) and others; youth workers/educators; youth information experts; trainers. This group is supported by young Italian and foreign people, with different skills, united by strong ideals towards the basic aim of the association. Volunteer work of all the members plays a fundamental role in the organisation.