The MARTA Centre since 2010 has been actively working in the field of youth, creating, and conducting classes, trainings, and seminars for both young people and youth workers, educators and other specialists throughout Latvia. The aim of the MARTA Centre's youth programs is informal education (discussions; group work; self-reflection tasks, analysis of situations, attitudes, actions, etc.).
It helps to understand and encourages to talk about the prevailing traditional gender stereotypes of society and their influence on our mutual contact, decisions and behavior, its causes and consequences, developing skills on how to create healthy relationships that are based on equality, mutual support and respect.
In 2010 MARTA started working proactively with young people aged 13—16 aiming to raise their awareness of gender equality, challenge the traditional gender stereotypes and thus reduce the risk for young people to experience violence and become victims of human trafficking
Compared to other age groups, young people are at increased risk of violence in both the role of victim and aggressor (Sethi et al, 2010; Bellis et al, 2011). Youth violence cannot be solely blamed on individuals: it is a product of biological, social, cultural and economic factors. Many of the root causes are in childhood and addressing...Read more
Supporting Mental Health and Well-being of Youth Workers and Helping Professionals through non-formal educational tools
The Erasmus+ “Heartland” Project has come to a close. "Heartland" was a unique initiative that combines outdoor experiential education, cultural mediation and mindfulness with art expression to help professionals build resilience and overcome challenges in their personal and professional lives. “Youth workers and...2023. gada 20. marts Read more
Final event of the project Re-GROUP in Sofia
On the 29th and the 30th of November, the final event of the project Re-GROUP was held in Sofia (Bulgaria). The event consisted of a public conference celebrated in the New Bulgarian University about the biggest problems young people face nowadays and how youth groups can help tackle them and a partner meeting to discuss the next steps...2023. gada 22. janvāris Read more
Project Re-GROUP: Workshops for Youth in Latvia
With the project Re-GROUP, workshops for youth in Latvia were held from June 2021 to May 2022 with the aim of reducing violence and promoting awareness of gender equality in the youth environment. More than 50 young people aged 12 to 24 participated in the long-term group sessions, developing the skills needed to build and maintain...2022. gada 19. augusts Read more
International Youth Day and youth festival "KOPUMS"
On the International Youth Day (12.08.2022), the youth festival KOPUMS took place in Dzintari Forest Park. At least 70 attendees visited The MARTA Center tent and all of them had an opportunity to: discuss prejudices together with the young people of the European Youth Dialogue and representatives of the Ministry of Education...2022. gada 15. augusts Read more