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The Future of Youth in Rural Areas


The Future of Youth in Rural Areas

The Future of Youth in Rural Areas

“Back to the Rural”: specialised training for small mountain municipalities

Lisa Di Bello and Guido Ramini, local coaches from the Fondazione Mondo Digitale, are amongst the promoters of Project Tech Camp Back to the Rural” that will be implemented in Pennapiedimonte and Roccascalegna, in the Province of Chieti in Abruzzo, thanks to the support of the United States Embassy in Rome.

"Back to the Rural" is a mini Tech Camp that replicates some of the experiences of the Tech Camp Rome 2022, such as digital storytelling and crowdfunding, adapting them to an itinerant and immersive two-day training programmein rural areas. The objective is to promote the professional updating of youth aged 15-35 (no less than 20 participants) that live in rural villages (youth operators, young local administrators, volunteers, and Pro loco members) to generate a long-term impact on local and cultural marketing.

In fact, the historical-cultural heritage of Italian rural areas is often undervalued due to the lack of key skills of the human capital that lives and works (often on a voluntary basis) in those areas.

  • November 2022 - February 2023: organisation of a mini "Back to the Rural" TechCamp (logistics, communications campaign, detailed training programme, invitations) and definition of a crowdfunding campaign (community targets, planned budget, communicationstrategy).
  • March 2023: development of a two-day mini TechCamp as an itinerant and immersive training programme.
  • April - June 2023: implementation of follow-up: blended mentoring (on-line and face-to-face) for 20 young participants.
  • July 2023: impact assessment conducted by organisers (proposing group) and ideal transposition of initiative in another Italian region.