BYC lab is the oldest programme and the basis of work of the Benčić Youth Council. It is intended for 8 – 13-year-olds. It is held once a month as a whole-day or two-day weekend workshop. The programme provides opportunities for introducing the children to various forms of art, include them into the work of cultural institutions, but also raise awareness about the history of their city, strengthen their sense of belonging, care for the past and offer a basis for considering the future of the city.
BYC Lab workshops are a place for research and experimenting for the children and their educators. The programmes are never repeated, only new ones are created or the existing ones are continued and developed. Each month is dedicated to a new topic (artistic expression, current event in the cultural life of the city…), on the basis of which we cooperate with certain institutions, organizations and/or professional associates relevant for the selected topic.
The Benčić Youth Council leaders, in cooperation with selected associates, jointly design the programme and the activities, taking care that the methods and principles of work of the Benčić Youth Council are included and harmonized.
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 surroundings.
The workshops are based on an individual approach, research and learning from experience, engagement in the community and partner relations. Freedom of thinking and acting, the sense of creativity and initiative, imagination, social and moral values, emotional intelligence, the ability of critical thinking, sense of independence and active participation in the democratic society are cherished and developed through all the workshops.