About The Project
180° Wende started in 2012 in Cologne as a bottom-up initiative that creates networks of young people with the aim to prevent youth radicalization and delinquency. With a unique peer-to-peer approach, the project reaches out to those who are left behind by ordinary institutions.
180° Wende connects the youth community to support their disadvantaged peers and empowers them to reclaim their own lives by reconquering their social environment. The project thrives through the dedication of young volunteers and it benefits from a wide network and support from local authorities. 180° Wende works in abandoned neighborhoods, prisons and schools to provide quick and informal support to youth and their relatives.
The movement addresses sensitive issues such as extremism, discrimination and xenophobia in a non-stigmatizing and labeling way. 180° Wende takes on a positive approach by offering encouraging alternative narratives which focus on capabilities, togetherness, mutual respect and the appreciation of diversity. After 7 years, the initiative offers a wide range of services and projects such as an independent counseling office on prevention, coaching groups, school workshops and vocational training programmes.