Extremist ideologies are spreading and there is a need to develop effective prevention policies and intervention scenarios supporting social inclusion and cohesive societies. It is especially relevant to focus on psychological and social mechanisms of alienation, radicalization and de-radicalization of young people in European urban contexts.

The project will explore several radical aspects related to religion and extreme political ideologies, which often lead or incite violence. It will also analyze exit strategies and radical disagreement and will present complementary knowledge on non-radicalizing identity engagement. Extensive fieldwork will be conducted and the research results will be translated into two intervention scenarios (play and training) that will directly enable young people to take an active role in a more inclusive Europe.

The careful research that the partners will carry out will be useful in creating 2 intervention scenarios, one aimed at young people – through an interactive one – and the other for their game educators and teachers – through a training course, aimed at increasing their skills. to help young people who may be attracted to ideologies that incite violence.

Through the activities of the MINDS project and exploiting its results and outcomes, young people living in urban and peri-urban areas and who are at risk of radicalization / polarization will be able to develop socio-ecological resilience mechanisms that will allow them to effectively disengage and easily from radicalized behaviors.

Young people will be able to develop their own exit paths having as a basis both the life stories of a radicalized ex individual and the games and training that will be developed within the project. Once “freed” from such toxic behavioral patterns, young people will be able to develop active citizenship and democratic skills, therefore, achieve and maintain social inclusion generating, among other things, a series of economic benefits through the strengthening of social networks, increasing trust and reducing the barriers that prevent young people from realizing their potential

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