ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth is a Non Governmental Organization, specializing in the social support of youth that are in difficulty or danger and in the advocacy of their rights. The main target is the prevention of youth marginalisation, the elaboration of policies which defend youth rights and the active social support towards disadvantaged young people.
ARSIS was established in 1992 and since then it operates in Athens, Thessaloniki, Volos, Alexandroupoli, Kozani and Tirana due to the active participation of members, volunteers and young people.
ARSIS vision is a society of equal opportunities for all young individuals with respect of their rights like those that are outlined in the Greek and International Law through the UN pact for Children’s Rights.
- ARSIS mission is to take actions for the prevention of youth exclusion. In this frame, Arsis develops new methods and tools for youth support, organizes and participates in networks for social solidarity, cooperates with public and private services and promotes improved methods for the social policy of youths.
- ARSIS offers its services to young individuals who live under conditions of poverty, neglect, victimization, conflict, disapproval, exploitation, isolation, racism or they are having problems with law, they are institutionalized, have dropped out of school, they don’t have family or a place to live. Generally, ARSIS offers help to those living under difficult situations.
- ARSIS suggests the promotion of social collaboration and personal values of the young individuals in contrast with the Greek and European policies, which are based in suppression and lead to poverty and social exclusion.
- ARSIS mobilizes staff and volunteers and works with collective values and social solidarity, democracy and mutual respect.
It provides services such as:
- psycho-social support: counselling, group work, legal advice, information, liaison with social services, support to deal with personal, social, housing or other problems and needs,
- preparation for employment: assessment, orientation, basic skills development (fighting illiteracy), placements in vocational training programmes, job search, support of work placements, productive workshops and social enterprise initiatives,
- legal support: information and counseling about law issues, creating educational and sensitization groups for human rights and discrimination.
- educational support: fighting illiteracy, educational assistance to immigrants, refugees,
- temporary housing and food services for young people without home or in major difficulty,
- social and recreational mobilisation: participation in group and leisure activities, art and creative workshops, exhibitions, social and cultural events, communication, visits, youth exchanges.