The Power of Cities

The project (2021 - 2022) aimed 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 were 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.

The Power of Cities

As part of the project we organized 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 was 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 organized a webinar discussion in order to understand motivations and expectations of the participants so that the workshop was tailored to their needs. Also, after the workshop it was 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 were awarded to workshop participants to conduct awareness raising campaigns/counter-messaging on racially/ethnically motivated violent extremism; Two best proposals were 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 visited 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 visited successful projects and good practices applied by the Strong Network Cities in the United States to gain further experience on program implementations. 
  • Provided guidance to local and national government officials in the Slovak Republic on addressing violent extremist messaging online: As part of consultations, project partners provided 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 developed activity of their own choice that aimed to prevent violent extremism in Slovakia. It may have been a campaign or educational activities etc. 

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Related events

  • 29.4.2021 from 9:00 to 10:30 Kick of meeting - Introduction to the program, getting to know each other, expectations

  • 18.5.2021 from 15:00 to 17:00 PVE programs with focus on family interventions with Shannon Foley Martinez (USA)

  • 27.5.2021 from 14:00 to 17:00 How to talk to my enemy with Daryl Davis (USA)

  • 3.6.2021 from 13:00, Working with Youth with Karin Andrášiková (Slovakia)

  • May 2021: The case of Kumanovo (Northern Macedonia) on secondary prevention measures on city level

  • 10.6.2021 from 13:00 to 15:00 Local PVE programs – Arhus example with Cliffordo Phillips (Denmark)

  • 21.-22. October 2021: Two days international workshop in Bratislava

    Record from the discussion between Daryl Davis and Stano Daniel

Project Partners

  • Strong Cities

    Strong Cities

  • CVEK – Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture

    CVEK – Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture

  • EdVenture Partners

    EdVenture Partners


  • The project is supported by the U.S. Embassy Bratislava.

    The project is supported by the U.S. Embassy Bratislava.


  • Lukáš Zorád / Program Director, Consultant

    Lukáš Zorád

    Program Director, Consultant

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  • Dušan Ondrušek / President of PDCS, Senior Trainer, Consultant

    Dušan Ondrušek

    President of PDCS, Senior Trainer, Consultant

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