Migration Ambassadors

  • Wir stärken Multiplikatoren in der Flüchtlingshilfe, um ihnen zu helfen, Botschafter für Migration auf Augenhöhe zu werden.
  • Freiwillige und Sozialunternehmer lernen in Workshops, wie sie ihre Initiative nachhaltiger aufzustellen und untereinander Synergien knüpfen können.
  • Initiativen bekommen wichtige Tipps und Einblicke, wie sie sich selbst organisieren und professionalisieren.
  • Trainerinnen und Trainer können ihr Wissen unkompliziert dort weitergeben, wo es besonders große Wirkung hat.

Übersicht

Im letzten Jahr sind viele Initiativen gegründet worden, um Geflüchtete zu unterstützen und sie in der Teilhabe an unserem gesellschaftlichen Leben zu stärken. Sie sind zum Hort von innovativen Lösungen geworden, die menschliche Beziehungen statt Bürokratie in den Mittelpunkt stellen. Gleichzeitig stehen sie angesichts zurückgehender Zahlen von Freiwilligen und komplexer werdenden Bedürfnissen von Geflüchteten mehr und mehr unter Druck, sich zu professionalisieren und stärker zu koordinieren.

Migration Ambassadors bringt Initiatoren, Gründer und Multiplikatoren aus Willkommensinitiativen und Sozialunternehmen mit einer Faculty von erfahrenen Trainerinnen und Trainern zusammen. In Workshops im Themenbereich von Führung und Entrepreneurship arbeiten sie gemeinsam daran, die Arbeit und den Zusammenhalt der Zivilgesellschaft im Kontext von Migration und Flucht zu stärken. Sie bieten Aktiven einen Raum, um Fähigkeiten für den nachhaltigen Aufbau ihrer Organisationen zu erlernen, sich zu vernetzen und als Gemeinschaft zu wachsen, die sich für eine Gesellschaft einsetzt, die durch Verantwortung, gegenseitigen Respekt und Mut geprägt wird.

Ambassadors

Daniel Corral

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Daniel is a born explorer with a degree in International Law and Politics at Sorbonne. After years spent in communities around the world, ranging from ecovillages and Camphills to favelas and refugee camps, he's unshaken in the belief that individual action, although insufficient, is of paramount importance. Originally from Brazil, living in Berlin since 2015, he has been actively engaged in the creation and expansion of Humanitarian Aid ("SafeJourney") and Integration projects ("Schön, dass Ihr da Seid").

"All three trainings have had a very positive impact not only in my activities with refugees, but in my personal life as well. I've presented this knowledge to my colleagues, and together we've been able to apply in our organization many of the concepts and strategies learned during the first two workshops. We have created new, highly participative processes that have been guiding our action and structuring much of our work. From our core team meetings to the onboarding of new volunteers and the delegation of tasks, we have gained clarity about our organization structure, individual expectations, and collective purpose. We feel more empowered, and have the comfortable impression that we now know a bit better what we're doing. 
The idea received on the third workshop, comparing "negotiation to a dance, in which both partners should feel successful", is a very powerful one. Using the skills learned on that occasion we were able to push this idea forward and implement the changes needed in our organizations. These tools have proven very valuable and we will definitely be using them again in our exchanges with partners and authorities.

I would definitely recommend the trainings to anyone willing to make something concrete out of this knowledge."

Jaime Fernández

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"The training activities of LEAD are exceptional. SavingBuddies is a small organization, so the opportunity to network with similar initiatives in an intimate and open environment has given us incredible energy and ideas for the future. The trainers are highly professional and provided a fascinating combination of knowledge, experience and updates on a variety of issues key to the success of non for profit organizations."

"Das Trainingsprogramm von LEAD ist einzigartig. SavingBuddies ist eine kleine Organisation und die Möglichkeit uns, mit anderen Organisationen in einer persönlichen und offenen Atmosphäre auszutauschen, hat uns enorme Energie und Ideen für die Zukunft gegeben. Die Trainer sind hoch qualifiziert und bieten eine faszinierende Kombination aus Kenntnissen, praktischen Erfahrungen und Aktualisierungen in Bezug auf verschiedene Schlüsselthemen für den Erfolg von Nonprofit-Organisationen."


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Jasmin Mir

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I am Jasmin, 22 years-old, and at the end of my international relations studies. Together with Simon and Homayoon, we created the initiative Housing & Integration. Our aim is to find solutions to the housing issue and the lack of integration within the current refugee situation.

Website: www.hi.refugeeinnovationchallenge.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HousingandIntegration/

"My bigger vision is to live in a society in which we look at migration neither from a scapegoating angle nor from a patronizing perspective. I aim for a society with peaceful cohabitation, in which the multicultural aspect is seen as an opportunity rather than a threat."

"A very important insight in developing the initiative was the need for an intensive engagement with the people we want to serve and the wish to understand them. Only when we understood both the needs and expectations of all stakeholders involved, we could develop the concept in the way it exists now. In a first step we visited camps and got into contact with many newcomers. In our talks with them, a surprising learning was that they do not only want to move out of the camp but even prefer to move in together with locals. In a second step, we talked to the locals in 200 short interviews on the streets and an online survey. Through these results we added especially the temporary aspect.

'By far the most important skill is intercultural sensitivity. Developing an initiative based on the needs and wishes of the people we want to serve, locals and newcomers alike, requires the ability to understand their pains and gains, communicate with them verbally and non-verbally, and  to empathize with their cultural background.

Courtney O'Connell

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I am originally from New York, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, an English teaching certification, and training in improvisational comedy. Since moving to Berlin in 2009, I have been teaching English to adults and children, translating texts from German to English, making artwork, and providing art workshops for children. In 2015 I helped found the group Schön, dass Ihr da seid!, which puts on annual welcome festivals on Tempelhofer Feld, and shortly after became a volunteer and coordinator for the group Kunst hilft!, which offers weekly artistic workshops with a therapeutic orientation to children in refugee shelters. 

"The project management training provided me with an overview of different ways to organize the structure of group, particularly pertaining to how a leader can interact with other volunteers. This exploration led me to consider how much work I was taking on myself, rather than delegating to, empowering and trusting others to make meaningful contributions to a group, while lightening my workload at the same time."

"The training for women working with female refugees equipped me with practical tips to keep a check on and maintain my own emotional health while working within difficult situations and circumstances. This is an element that I feel is often overlooked in this movement, so I was pleasantly surprised to have the opportunity to spend time meditating on and practicing self-care."

"The leadership workshop was especially beneficial for me and, by extension, the initiatives I am a member of. We were even able to use one of my personal projects as an example to work with during the session, so I was able to easily translate some of the practical skills we learned to my work. We took a fresh perspective on ways of dividing tasks among a group of volunteers within a very flat and interconnected organization, which can often be very challenging. When, shortly after the training, I was tasked with creating a comprehensive schedule for a large event, I was able to call on this new knowledge to make smart decisions with regards to planning, preparation, and allocation of tasks."

"I have recommended Migration Ambassadors trainings to the other members of my organizations. I would love for them to not only be able to benefit from the skills one can take from the trainings themselves, but also to enjoy the platform Migration Ambassadors provides for networking and connection among the hundreds of groups currently working hard to support Berlin’s newcomers (who are often unfortunately unaware of one another)."

Unterstützer

Bettina Fackelmann

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Mein Beruf führte und führt mich in Länder, aus denen Menschen flüchten: Afghanistan, Jordanien mit seinen vielen Flüchtlingslagern und Marokko (sei es auch „nur“ als Transitland). Alltag und Kultur sind mir also etwas vertrauter als allein durch die Medien und mir kommen Menschen und ihre Schicksale in Erinnerung, wenn ich an diese große Region denke. Gleichzeitig weiß ich auch aus eigener Erfahrung, dass die kulturellen Unterschiede im Zuge der Integration hier in Deutschland sehr herausfordernd sein können. In den besten Momenten sind sie für beide Seiten bereichernd … sei es kulinarisch, philosophisch, menschlich oder auf anderen Ebenen. Unsere Art der Kommunikation erlaubt diese besten Momente und dazu will ich beitragen.

Filip Moriau

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Ich stamme aus Brüssel, wo ich vor einigen Jahren eine ähnliche Situation erlebt habe. In kurzer Zeit gab es viele Asylanträge, erst die vielen Bürgerinitiativen haben spontan den Unterschied gemacht. Wir haben damals Trainings veranstaltet, aus denen eine Art Cross Cultural Lab herangewachsen ist. Das Projekt hat einen sehr positiven Einfluß auf die Gestaltung der gesellschaftlichen Debatte gehabt. Es waren die wärmsten und glücklichsten Momenten meiner bisherigen Karriere.

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