The minutes of the Forum are now available. The following central elements of the March 2010 Forum have been summarised and will shortly be made available to all participants upon request. Please email contact.missionpossible@gmail.com for more information.

The following have been summarised and will shortly be sent to all registered participants:

– Opening speeches

-Keynote addresses

– Workshop 1 : Detecting at-risk children and families: when should we act?

– Workshop 2: Working with children and youth: what works, what doesn’t?

– Workshop 3: Which institutional partnerships for early intervention? Some practical experience

– Workshop 4: Evaluating early prevention?

… as well as some documentation and presentations.

And please visit the http://www.ipacy.eu website, which is now active and makes the contents of the Handbook available to all.

Thank you!

March 11, 2010

For two days, on March 1st and 2nd, 2010, our speakers and participants have debated on many issues surrounding prevention and early intervention.

From fieldworkers detailing their everyday actions to academics presenting the larger framework of prevention policies, the variety of interventions and positions has enriched a debate on a few key issues such as evaluation and partnerships. Central in the exchange was the question « how does one effectively help children in need ? » and the desire, shared by all, to provide compassionate and intelligent care to those most in need.

What we’ve learnt in those two days, the ties that were made, will not be idle. Our aim is to continue our effort with the expert team and IPACY handbook, and to continue promoting socio-educative action as both an efficient instrument for preventing destructive behaviour (including crime) and a humanistic vision of society.

We would like to thank all participants and speakers.

If you would like to receive more information on IPACY, as well as associations Fryshuset and Mission Possible, please keep looking up our weblog and do not hesitate to email us at florabolter.mp@free.fr

Forum registrations continue!

February 24, 2010

Registrations for the Forum continue!

To ensure as many participants as possible can attend our March 1-2 Forum in Stockholm, we are keeping registrations open until the very day of the event: it will be possible to arrive at Fryshuset and get registered and pay the registration fees then.  So don’t hesitate to contact us.

Some internet providers seem to have problems with the contact address listed on this website: you can also email us at the following address: contact.missionpossible@gmail.com.

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to see you on March 1st!

TopBoy, a Hooligan Tale

February 17, 2010

TopBoy, a swedish play about violence in sports and how young boys get trapped into hooliganism will be performed at our Forum in March! Here is a short promotional video presenting a few highlights:

Fryshuset and Mission Possible are opening registrations for the March conference in Stockholm!

Click here to download the programme and registration form.

For all enquiries, please email Mission Possible: florabolter.mp@free.fr

What is IPACY?

January 21, 2010

Project IPACY

Implementing preventive actions for children and youth

An introduction

Who we are

Mission Possible was created in 2002 in Paris by Claude Beau, then a Juvenile Court Judge. Its action is based on a simple principle : helping the most at-risk, underprivileged children with the difficulties they face today is the best way to prevent possible antisocial or self-destructive behaviour tomorrow. A comprehensive, everyday educative programme set up by an experienced and skilled team of educators and psychologists is the most coherent way to give structure and learning experiences to those children who are most deprived of them. And this action is targeted at 6-to-12 year-olds, it is vital to take action before the problems faced by at-risk youth have escalated to the point of no return.

Stockholm-based Fryshuset is more than just a house. It is a vision based on the belief that humanity and justice can only be achieved through commitment, encouragement, self-esteem and enthusiasm gained from real life encounters and experiences. Fryshuset is packed with activities and people from all sectors of society. Young people mix with grown-ups in order to participate, contribute and learn. Fryshuset offers the chance to meet and share passionate interests, as well as engage in social commitment, sports, entertainment, culture and innovative educational programs. Fryshuset has something for everybody.

Drawing from Fryshuset’s experience and vitality  and from Mission Possible’s  expertise on this age group, a new structure is being set up in Stockholm for 9-to-13 year-olds.

Project IPACY wishes to draw from such initiatives to build networks, identify good practices and help early prevention structures to flourish in all European countries.

One project, three outcomes

The Forum

The kickoff event for the project will be a Forum held in Stockholm in March 2010. Following the success of a first Conference in Paris in 2008, which launched an International Prevention Network, the Forum on Implementing Preventive Actions for Children and Youth invites prevention specialists from all European countries to share their experience. The focus of the Forum is to address the most common problems faced by prevention structures in Europe : identifying tools and  methodology that are most efficient and building successful partnerships with local authorities and institutions.

The expert team

Immediately after the March 2010 Forum, a group of experts will start meeting regularly to follow up on the forum, monitor the progress of the joint Mission Possible/ Fryshuset structure in Stockholm and draw on its experience as a case study to complete a handbook. The expert team will comprise 8 experts from at least 4 member states. « Experts » can be academic scholars working on prevention issues from various standpoints (psychology, education, public policies, law, sociology…), field workers from early prevention structures, or civil servants with an experience in prevention. We aim at representing a wide variety of national contexts and profiles.

Over the course of 15 months, the expert team will meet « in person » six times (2-to-3-day sessions), mainly in Stockholm and Paris (and perhaps in other cities where partner structures can be visited). The team will also communicate electronically via a protected server.

The handbook

The team’s main outcome will be a manual for early prevention structures, listing possible pitfalls and how to avoid them, publicizing good methods and resources that can be used, and generally giving step-by-step advice to budding early prevention structures in Europe.

This handbook can be disseminated through an Internet website and/or as a printed manual, according to the needs assessed by the expert team.


Become an IPACY partner !

There’s more than one way…

Forum partners

We are looking for partner/promoter structures for the Stockholm Forum in March 2010. Such partners are welcome to help us with the Forum in a variety of ways :

– Identifying  possible speakers from all European countries.

– Providing feedback on the provisionary programme.

– Moderating one of the roundtables.

– Translating and disseminating the invitation inside their own country and/or language area.

Mission Possible and Fryshuset are non-profit. No financial gain is expected from the Forum. However, the organisational costs will be paid for by Mission Possible, including travel and accommodation expenses for the speakers.

Expert team partners

The expert team will rely on a small network of committed partners who are willing to take on a rather time-consuming, but eventually extremely productive, task.

– Keep track of existing early prevention structures in Europe, their methods, the problems they face ;

– Help monitor the Stockholm structure and others to exchange suggestions and comments based on their experience

– Participate in all 6 meetings in Stockholm and Paris. Each meeting will be a 2-to-3-day working session, the working language being English.

– Help draft all necessary documents (preliminary and final report, handbook) according to a work plan set up by the expert team.

Travel and accommodation  expenses will be taken care of. The handbook should be completed no later than June, 2011.

Financial partners

IPACY is an ambitious project, led by grassroots organisations to help in a very concrete way early prevention structures all over Europe. Developping social prevention, especially for the young, is crucial if we want to give underprivileged children of Europe the hope of a better future ; and if we want our societies to develop more humane ways of dealing with antisocial or self-destructive behaviour among our youth.

If your institution or foundation is interested and can help face the costs involved by this project, please do not hesitate to contact us recherche.mp@free.fr to discuss possible partnerships further !

IPACY online is now active!

January 20, 2010

Welcome to IPACY- online, the weblog Mission Possible and Fryshuset have set up to broadcast information on our activities in the framework of the IPACY project.

As time goes, we will keep you up-to-date with our latest news: we have chosen a blog form so as to answer your questions in the comment field. We will be particularly active during the March Forum in Stockholm.

IPACY aims at collecting good practices in early prevention so as to draft a manual which will ultimately help all budding early prevention structures. We will develop more on our aims and methods in this blog.

So welcome to our blog and thank you for your interest for the IPACY projetc

The IPACY team

Welcome to IPACY- online, the weblog Mission Possible and Fryshuset have set up to broadcast information on our activities in the framework of the IPACY project.

As time goes, we will keep you up-to-date with our latest news: we have chosen a blog form so as to answer your questions in the comment field. We will be particularly active during the March Forum in Stockholm.

IPACY aims at collecting good practices in early prevention so as to draft a manual which will ultimately help all budding early prevention structures. We will develop more on our aims and methods in this blog.

So welcome to our blog and thank you for your interest for the IPACY projetc

The IPACY team