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Geoclube – Associacao Juvenil De Ciencia Natureza e Aventura
Geoclube is a Youth Association founded in 2000 by a group of teachers and students from the high school of Gondomar.
The main objective of the association is to foster the active participation and the involvement of young people in the decision making process of their education and their future. Moreover, Geoclube aims to create opportunities for young people to be active, to participate and to have special interest in issues that concern directly their future, such as Education, Politics, Economics, Social problems and Environment related issues.
Our main target group are young people from 12 years old to young adults until 35 years old and also all the educational community that is involved in the education system: parents, teachers, counselors, social workers and others.
Despite Geoclube’s office was located inside the high school of Gondomar for many years, recently we moved to a bigger office in the city center of Gondomar, where we can reach a wider percentage of population and have a bigger room for activities like workshops, trainings, and mentor young interns from different areas. This also improved greatly the visibility of our NGO amongst young people and local community in general.
For a more effective work, we established partnerships with local private and public Institutions from Gondomar’s local community, such as:
Agrupamento de Escolas nº1 de Gondomar - High School of Gondomar;
CINDOR - Vocational and Professional Training School of Jewelry and Gold handcraft;
Câmara Municipal de Gondomar - Municipality of Gondomar;
União de Freguesias de Gondomar, Valbom e Jovim - Local Parish of Gondomar, Valbom e Jovim;
With these local partnerships, we intend to enlarge our scope of action, promoting an integrated approach with the cooperation of all the institutions and community in order to promote the active participation and inclusion of young and adult people in the society. This process will increase the motivation and the positive expectations among young and adults providing them the self-confidence necessary for pursuing a better future and different professional opportunities.
Plus, Geoclube has participated and is still participating very actively in several national and international Projects with Youth in Action programme and Erasmus+ programme, concerning youth participation, active citizenship, democracy, entrepreneurship, social inclusion and others.
We are also part of two international networks:
TDM2000 International from Sardenia, Italy;
IDA - International Development Alliance, from Romania.