CGrow Vienna Region – Laying the foundations

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In Austria’s capital, the YFU spirit has spilled over to Coloured Glasses. The past few
weeks have been particularly dedicated to laying the ‘offline’ and online foundations
for a successful project and to boost its visibility.
Part of these endeavors is an informative and attractive representation of CGrow
Vienna Region online. As a first big step forward, we developed an Austrian Coloured
Glasses website to spread our mission and vision as well as, inform educational
organizations about our offers and reach out to potential future trainers. After a
careful revision of the design and content and thanks to strong coffee, we will now
soon be able to launch the website!
Further steps have been taken to help CGrow grow, namely just last week, we
introduced Coloured Glasses for the first time at one of YFU Austria’s get-together
for students and their parents. This first presentation will be followed soon by our
launch event on 30th of September. We are proud to announce that we have
managed to organize it in a top Vienna hotspot which is one of the biggest cultural
centers of Europe: the WUK! Moreover, the dates and locations for the next
information events within YFU and at educational fairs have been organized. For
instance, we will have a stand at vocatium, a specialized fair for education and
studies, just like Coloured Glasses, Germany has had in the past. The first workshops
are planned to be delivered at schools in the course of the ‘Langer Tag der Flucht’
(long day of flight), a day which is dedicated to refugees. The future home page of
the Austrian Coloured Glasses website will refer to all these up-coming events so
that anyone with an interest in tolerance can visit us and participate. We hope to
build a strong network of volunteers who can take on responsibilities and have a
well-visited first training for trainers in October.
Based on my personal international experience with all different kinds of cultures,
religions, sexual orientations and social stratification, I believe that tolerance is not only
crucial for those who are currently in an ‘outsider’ position within society but that
each of us has to internalize tolerance as a premise for our own well-being. We
cannot be at peace with ourselves if we are concerned with judging others for who
and how they are. Coloured Glasses workshops can help us live in a functioning and
inclusive society by educating us, sowing the seeds of tolerance. With this goal in
mind, I will pro-actively advocate tolerance and CGrow workshops. In our digital,
fast-paced environment, public relations – including a good online representation
(website, social media) – will be a cornerstone of the future success of this project.
Therefore, I will lend my expertise in PR and social media to the project whenever
needed. A first step was to support the Regional Coordinator Judith Haidacher with
setting up the Austrian Coloured Glasses website.
Despite the recent launch of CGrow in this region Judith has already managed to
reach out to YFU volunteers and awaken their interest in tolerance workshops. Thank
you for your dedication! I believe that if we manage to keep up the current
motivation and well-structured organization, CGrow will be able to attract
enthusiastic volunteers who in turn will have a lasting positive societal impact.
Let’s spread the tolerance,
Written by: Valerie-Sophie Schönberg, Trainer – YFU Austria