BYC Starter

The Starter is an one-year educational programme by the Benčić Youth Council intended for cultural and artistic education of children which balances among research, work, play and socializing.

The programme is intended for the children from the city of Rijeka attending the first grade of the elementary school in the current year. The programme emerged from the wish to offer our youngest school children an educational programme which they can attend as a regular free activity during their first grade.

The first part of the programme begins in September and ends in December, while the second part starts in February and ends in May. After the end of the programme, the children will be offered the possibility to continue their participation in the BYC educational programmes, depending on their interests and programme results.

The educational programme is performed for a group of about ten children, while a certain number of sessions requires active participation by the parents in the programme activities.

In 2019 the program is co-financed by the Primorsko-goranska County.

By learning about various forms of culture and art, the goals of the BYC STARTER programme are the following:

  • Empowering the children to get by in everyday situations through learning and practising social and emotional skills,
  • Raising awareness about the history of the city and strengthening the sense of belonging, caring for the past and offering the basis for considering the future of the city,
  • Stimulating critical thinking and active participation of children in the life of the community in which they live from the early age,
  • Developing a sense of independence and initiative,
  • Stimulating the freedom of thinking and acting,
  • Developing a sense for creativity and initiative, imagination.

The methods of work in the BYC Starter programme are based on an individual approach, research and experiential learning, commitment in the community and partner relations. Whenever possible, the workshops are held on site, in authentic surroundings, to enable a meaningful connection with the children’s lives and their social and cultural environment.

The first part of the BYC educational programme, BYC Starter, is structured in three modules: Creating the community, Exploring the city and Meetings with artists.

Module 1 – Creating the community

The activities in the first module of the programme are intended for mutual introduction, establishing relationships and creating a community of children, parents and workshop leaders, establishing the group dynamics and developing social and emotional skills through creative activities and games.

Module 2 – Exploring the city

The second module is dedicated to exploring the city of Rijeka. The rich history of our city left tangible and intangible traces which the children will get to know through games, interactive tours and visits to various cultural institutions. The goal of the module is to raise the children’s awareness about the history of their city, to strengthen their sense of belonging, caring for the past and to provide the basis for considering the future of the city.

Module 3 – Meetings with artists

The third module will provide the children with the opportunity to meet different artists, thus to get to know various fields of artistic activity and practice, which will increase their interest in trying out and practising different forms of art. Widening the horizon in this area, but also taking an active role in selecting a technique or a motif develops one’s own creative power and potential and stimulates the research of one’s individual interests and affinities, all with the support of an expert mentor.

The second part of the educational programme BYC Starter is structured in three modules:

Module 4 – Training of life skills

The activities in this module of the programme are intended for the development of skills which will enable the children to learn to respond to the requirements and challenges of everyday life through research and play. By applying various creative activities and games, the children will have the opportunity to develop their communicative skills, people relations skills, decision-making skills, teamwork, emotion management skills, creative and critical thinking, self-consciousness and empathy, the skills of recognizing and expressing emotions and react appropriately in stressful situations.

Module 5 – Acting in the community / Community and me

The fifth module enables the children to learn to include themselves in the local community through experience. The model of learning by engaging in the community enables the children to get to know their community, its needs, and problems and at the same time to gain experience, knowledge, and skills related to active citizenship and social responsibility towards the community in which they live and work.

Module 6. Meetings with artists (Craft artists)

The sixth module will provide the children with the opportunity to meet different artists, thus to get to know various fields of artistic activity and practice, which will increase their interest in trying out and practicing different forms of art. Widening the horizon in this area, but also taking an active role in selecting a technique or a motif develops one’s own creative power and potential and stimulates the research of one’s individual interests and affinities, all with the support of an expert mentor.

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