Utrecht-Gouda Mind your Wallet

IDEA NL gave another training to future trainers in Utrecht on Monday October 14. This was the first training in a new Mind your Wallet trajectory. The participants were a mixed group of youth workers from Gouda, a teacher from the Utrecht St Gregorius College and youth from the same school that had participated in the Mind your Wallet competition during the final weekend in June. The St Gregorius College participants will be training VMBO students in Utrecht, while the youth workers will work with MBO students of the Meridiaan College in Gouda. 
The future trainers were clearly motivated by a desire to spread debate among youth that were not active debaters yet. How to reach out to this group became a central question for the training. The training started with a presentation about the Mind your Wallet project and a number of physical debate exercises that allowed participants to respond bodily to motions like: "Commercials for loans should be banned," and: "Schools should teach students how to be responsible with money to prevent future problems." 
The participants learned how to build a good argurment with a statement, explanation and ilustration and practiced with that. IDEA NL trainer Thomas Deweer then showed them a number of fun energizers to use as icebreakers with a new group. The participants looked forward to their own trainings and exchanged ideas about how to make them as attractive and lively as possible.  Everyone had become convinced of the importance of the mission. As the St Gregorius College teacher stated: "Everyone can say something, but if you want to say something useful, debate trainings are a good start."
The Mind your Wallet project is thus reaching out to an increasing number of young people across the Netherlands and Belgium. During the first competition weekend in June, youth from neighbourhoods of Tilburg, Utrecht, Leiden and Amsterdam got together in Antwerp. This academic year, IDEA NL trainers have already given trainings in Antwerp and another one in Utrecht, while more trainings will follow in Amersfoort and Amsterdam. On top of that, a public debate took place in Tilburg and more public debates will follow to mark October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Mind your Wallet! is made possible with funding from J.P. Morgan and Youth in Action, a youth fund of the European Commission.