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Research 2018-09-15T07:20:34+00:00

The Erasmus Urban Youth Lab (EUYL) is a collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam, IVO research institute, and the Erasmus Medical Center. EUYL wants to contribute to knowledge development in the area of vulnerable younth in a metropolitan environment. In addition, EUYL wants to contribute to the application of this knowledge by connecting science and practice. EUYL does this by carrying out quantitative and qualitative research with projects that focus on this target group. Finally, EUYL aims to bring together research on young people in the city and join forces.

The Erasmus Urban Youth Lab performs several scientific studies about urban youth. Below is a description of the current studies.

Vulnerable Youth in Major Cities

Description
Part of the youth who grow up in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) run into problems, for example psychosocial problems, financial problems, relationship problems, housing problems, and/or problematic substance use. To prevent these vulnerable youth from getting socially excluded (quitting education, getting unemployed, ending up in criminal networks) and not (being able to) participate in society, they deserve support. In this project, we perform process and effect evaluations of mentoring approaches for these youth.

Duration
2015-2020

Partners
IVO Research Institute and Erasmus University Rotterdam

More information
Loïs Schenk: l.schenk@essb.eur.nl
Margriet Lenkens: lenkens@ivo.nl

PACT-Partnership Achieving Communities Tackling Early School Leaving

Description
The European Union wants to reduce early school leaving in 18-24 year olds to 10% across the EU. In this project, a mentor program is developed in which talented students in at-risk conditions receive mentoring from another student. Parents and the community are involved in the program to promote wellbeing conditions in and around educational institutions.

Duration
2016-2019

Partners
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Municipality Rotterdam, Municipality Oslo (Norway), Municipality Riga (Latvia)

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Sabine Severiens: severiens@essb.eur.nl

Evaluation mentoring ‘Rotterdamse Douwers’

Description
Mentor project Rotterdam started in December 2017 with writer and colomnist Ernest van der Kwast with the ‘Rotterdamse Douwers’. This is a group of people from Rotterdam, mainly from business, who want to be mentor for vulnerable youth in Rotterdam in the age of 18 to 26 years. The municipality of Rotterdam wants to know how effective this mentor project is and what can be improved. The aim of this project is to provide this insight and to contribute to the connection between vulnerable youth and their environment.

Duration
2018-2020

Partners
IVO Research Institute and Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Gera Nagelhout: nagelhout@ivo.nl

In Search of Trust: understanding and improving youth-police interactions in contemporary ‘superdiverse’ societies

Description
Young people can be faced with stigmatization and negative treatment by the police. This is partly due to their own communication styles that can lead to mutual tensions, which makes that they come in contact with the criminal justice system sooner. In this project, we examine the influence of several psychological and situational characteristics on trust, distrust, and perceived discrimination in interactions between youth and the police.

Duration
2018-2021

Partners
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Arjen Leerkes: leerkes@essb.eur.nl

Mentoring Urban Talent

Description
A number of secondary schools that offer the academic tracks in Rotterdam and Amsterdam call attention to the relatively large number of pupils from migrant and low socio-economic backgrounds being downgraded to lower educational tracks in the third and fourth grades. This situation is considered a loss of urban talent, as these pupils are eligible for the academic tracks and, from a social justice perspective, everything possible should be done to retain them. The current proposal aims to contribute to the goal of retaining urban talent by 1) researching the problem of downgrading in more detail and 2) investigating student-to-peer mentoring as a possible solution.

Duration
2018-2021

Partners
Erasmus University Rotterdam, VU Amsterdam, Stichting Studentmentoren Rotterdam

More information
Sabine Severiens: severiens@essb.eur.nl

Talented urban youth – Transition from primary to secondary education

Description
In the Netherlands, the transition from primary to secondary education is one of the most relevant transitions in educational pathways as it gears pupils towards either the vocational track or towards higher education and its subsequent opportunities. Without proper informal and formal support, many vulnerable children may not transition to the highest possible tracks. This project aims to 1) describe and explain relevant processes during the transition from primary to secondary education and 2) test an intervention that aims to support this transition using mentoring.

Duration
2018-2022

Partners
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Knowledge Network on Rotterdam Talent

More information
Sabine Severiens: severiens@essb.eur.nl