What is preventive work?

Prevention aims to prevent or reduce the risk of future problems, injuries or negative events by taking action in advance. This means actively taking initiative and taking measures to prevent or reduce the occurrence of problems or risks before they occur. Prevention work can be applied in various fields, including health, safety, crime prevention, environmental protection and many other areas. Early interventions focus on supporting and empowering individuals and communities to prevent problemsm. It can mean early interventions in schools, in democracy, in free time and support to our most vulnerable – children and young people. 

Meet Cajsa!

This is Cajsa. Her family is struggling financially. It affects Cajsa's physical, emotional and social development. She feels the financial stress in the family and feels bad herself, has anxiety and is depressed. She does not have the same opportunities to participate in activities and events as other children. Cajsa feels alone and left out. 

Cajsa finds Unga Örnar

On the way home from school, Cajsa sees a poster with activities. The first thing that comes to her mind is "how much does it cost?". But it says that these are free activities. She decides to go to the activity that is every Wednesday. At the activity, she meets new friends and confident leaders. She wants to come back here, it's fun and she feels welcome.

Cajsa is feeling better!

During her activities with Unga Örnar, Cajsa has grown as a person, she feels better and made several new friends. She has also learned more about democracy and influencing. She wants to do that, for Cajsa it is important that more children have good free time. She chooses to sit on the board and train to become a leader. What do you think would have happened if Cajsa had not found Unga Örnar?  

Meaningful, safe and fun leisure time is essential to prevent negative development. It includes activities and workshops such as sports, democracy, art, culture and other interests that give children a safe place but also tools to grow up to be democratic citizens. Through more activities, workshops and trainings, we not only increase knowledge, but give children and young people a place to build relationships and find a sense of belonging. It is real prevention work, where ill health, crime and negative behavior are prevented by offering alternatives to destructive activities. We offer thousands of children and youth activities from local to international. An active leisure time is one of the most effective means of preventing alienation and promoting community. Unga Örnar offers a place where young people can meet friends, have fun and develop as democratic citizens. 

Adam needs help with his homework!

Adam is in grade 9 at primary school and has difficulty with maths at school. The classroom is too messy and the teacher doesn't have time to help Adam during the lessons. He is on the verge of failing maths, and this may affect his chances of applying to high school. At home he lives with his mother and 3 siblings. His mother works evenings and his siblings are not able to help him with his homework.

Homework help with Young Eagles

In order to pass his studies, Adam wants to find someone who can help him with math. One evening he sits down in front of the computer and searches for "Homework help in Borlänge". The first result that appears is "Homework help with Young Eagles". Adam clicks in and sees that there is homework help near him every Tuesday. He writes an SMS to the number on the website. "Hi Christian, I need help with my math homework. Can I come to you?"

On the way to High School!

The next day, Adam sees a text message from "Christian Homework Help" inviting him to the next meeting on Tuesday. Once there, Adam gets to meet other friends from school who also get help with their homework. On site, there is coffee and leaders who welcome him. He feels seen by the leaders who make a plan together with Adam on how to proceed. After a few months, Adam receives his final grade in math, he is super happy when he sees that it is a B.

Education is a key in preparing individuals for the challenges and opportunities of the future. It includes both primary and secondary school as well as higher education. Education provides knowledge, skills and social competences that are necessary for individuals to contribute to society and achieve their goals. To prevent poor results at school, we work with, among other things, homework reading in schools and outside of school. Through story time, we increase the reading skills of children and young people. In this matter, we are also committed to increased resources for the school for more teachers and other staff around young people. The school must be a place for children and young people to develop. But education does not always have to be formal in the form of school. We work actively to educate democratic citizens by teaching children and young people social skills and democracy. In this way, we strengthen democracy in Sweden and internationally. They get to take part in various exchanges and learn new things through workshops and lectures, participate in political contexts and become more involved in society. 

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