The project (2021 - 2022) aims to train and mentor national or local government officials and civil society community leaders in the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic on best practices for preventing and countering racially/ethnically motivated violent extremism. The target group of the project are mix of law enforcement representatives (local police), local municipalities representative and civil society representatives from 5 Slovak counties (Trnava, Nitra, Banská Bystrica, Žilina and Košice) and Brno from Czechia.
As part of the project we plan to organise following activities:
- Six online seminars with inspiring people from the US and Europe that have vast experience in prevention work and implementing various strategies as well as practitioners involved in informal activities with youth on city level.
- Two-day online workshop on best practices of countering and preventing violent extremism (21-22 of October 2021); The aim of the workshop will be to introduce basic principles of best practices in countering and preventing violent extremism and provide inspiration for participant´s own activities in their cities/towns/municipalities etc.
- Pre- and post-workshop webinar discussions with workshop participants (two in total); we will organize a webinar discussion in order to understand motivations and expectations of the participants so that the workshop is tailored to their needs. Also, after the workshop it will be important to keep in touch with interested participants and provide post-workshop webinar to discuss the follow up ideas.
- Issue and monitor two small grants of approximately $3,750 each ($7,500 total) which will be awarded to workshop participants to conduct awareness raising campaigns/counter-messaging on racially/ethnically motivated violent extremism; Two best proposals will be selected and issued from workshop participant´s ideas.
- Post-workshop visit of four days by Strong Cities Network staff to the Slovak Republic; Staff members of Strong Cities Network will visit Slovakia and selected cities/towns and their projects/activities.
- Round-trip for up to 10 workshop participants to visit the United States in spring 2022 on a State Department exchange; 10 workshop participants will visit successful projects and good practices applied by the Strong Network Cities in the United States to gain further experience on program implementations.
- Provide guidance to local and national government officials in the Slovak Republic on addressing violent extremist messaging online: As part of consultations, project partners will provide advice on how to respond to violent messaging online to project participants.
- Peer to Peer program in cooperation with Slovak University and EdVenture Partners, in this activity a group of university students will develop activity of their own choice that aims to prevent violent extremism in Slovakia. It may be a campaign or educational activities etc.